Why Amazon is building an online learning platform for children with disabilities
The online education giant announced on Wednesday that it is building a new online learning system that will let students with disabilities connect with teachers in the real world.
The new platform, called Aliyo, is an effort to create a better experience for children and their families when they visit online learning sites, Amazon said.
Amazon will be using Aliyos proprietary technology to allow students to easily learn through its apps and website.
The company will be working closely with organizations like The Children’s Hospital and the National Autism Association, among others, to provide a platform for learning, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said.
The company’s announcement comes amid a growing trend for companies to create online learning programs for children.
The National Center for Teaching and Learning, a nonprofit research and advocacy group, said in a report this year that online learning has become the most popular online learning tool in the U.S. Amazon is not the first company to build an online education product.
Google, for example, has been selling Google Learning Lab software for about a decade.
And Microsoft is partnering with the National Federation of the Blind to create an online school.
But Amazon’s Aliyoo will be a more comprehensive platform, said David Lippman, the president and CEO of the National Center.
“The way we teach learning online is that we have to have an educational platform that allows students to engage with learning that is meaningful to them and gives them the opportunity to learn through real interaction,” Lippmen said.
“We’ve had the great fortune of being able to partner with companies like Google to create this educational platform for students who have disabilities.
Aliyao will enable students to learn in the same way they would when they are learning with their peers.”
Amazon is developing an online classroom, which is part of a broader effort to build a platform that can help teachers build more engaging online learning experiences.
The new platform will allow teachers to design a learning experience that students will enjoy while on the move.
The Aliyoa system will help teachers better integrate their online learning with classroom time.
Teachers will also be able to share classroom experiences and use Aliyojas algorithms to create personalized lessons.
The learning platform will also include tools that will help educators tailor learning experiences to students’ interests.