What is Amazon Inspire?
Amazon Inspire is a service that provides educators a place to discover, manage, rate, review, and share educational resources. Teachers, schools, districts, and third-party publishers contribute to the Amazon Inspire library of instructional resources across the country. Amazon Inspire will help educators discover digital resources, benefit and learn from the work of their peers, and help improve the quality of education across the country.
Who can publish resources on Amazon Inspire?
Teachers, administrators (from schools, districts, or states), institutions, or anyone with high-quality, relevant K-12 resources can upload and publish to Amazon Inspire.
Can homeschool instructors use Amazon Inspire?
Yes. When signing up on Amazon Inspire, select "Homeschool" as your school.
How much does it cost?
It’s free to sign up for Amazon Inspire. To sign up, you can either use your existing Amazon.com account or create a new one.
How do I sign up?
You can sign up for Amazon Inspire with your existing Amazon.com account by going to www.amazoninspire.com.
How do I sign in to my account?
Click on the "Log In or Signup" button in the upper-right corner of the Amazon Inspire homepage and enter your Amazon.com credentials to login to your account.
I forgot my password.
How do I change the email address on my account?
Your Amazon.com email address is associated with your Amazon Inspire account. To change the email address associated with your account, please create a new Amazon.com account with the desired email address and then contact our Customer Support Team at firstname.lastname@example.org to help you link the accounts.
How do I change my password?
I’m a teacher who registered with a school, but I no longer work there.
You can contact our Customer Support Team and we will help you change your school.
I had an administrator account associated with a school, district, or state, but I no longer work there.
Please contact our Customer Support Team and we will help you with your account settings and association.
How do I cancel my account?
Please contact our Customer Support Team and we will help you cancel your account.
What things should I consider before publishing a resource?
You play an important part in contributing to Amazon Inspire. With your help, we can make it easier for teachers like you to discover educational resources. Please reference this checklist before uploading your resources:
- Proofread to ensure that the resource is free from spelling and grammatical errors.
- Check the format to make sure that the resource is easy to use and understand. For example, the font and font size are legible and images are clear.
- Confirm that the content is well organized and the learning outcomes are clear.
- Review the content to ensure that it is accurate, current, and appropriate for your intended audience(s).
- Verify that the resource is complete, meaning it can be utilized on its own.
- Confirm that any resource you are uploading as a URL functions correctly, goes directly to an education resource (as opposed to a generic site), and does not require a login or payment to access.
How can I publish resources on Amazon Inspire?
What kind of resources can I upload?
You can upload a wide range of educational resources, including instructional materials, assessments, professional development resources, and classroom and school management materials.
What kind of files can I upload?
You can upload the following file types:
- Document: doc, docx, pdf, rtf, txt, xls, xlsx, ppt, pptx
- Image: bmp, gif, jpeg, jpg, png
- Video: flv, mov, mp4, mpeg, mpg, wmv
In addition, you can share links to resources on other websites.
How many resources can I upload at once?
You can upload as many resources at one time as you like. Depending on your network bandwidth, your uploads may slow down when uploading large numbers of files at once.
Are there any restrictions on the resources that can be uploaded?
How can I make my resources accessible to those with disabilities?
Please consider improving accessibility of resources you author and share via Amazon Inspire. Refer to Amazon's accessibility guidelines for guidance on improving your documents.
What resources can I upload?
There are two types of resources you are welcome to upload on Amazon Inspire:
- Original Resources you created
- Resources you have confirmed are permitted to be shared on services like Amazon Inspire.
Respect the rights and the hard work of creators when you upload a resource.
Can I upload any resource I have created?
If you created all of the resource, yes.
If you created parts of the resource and everyone else who contributed to it has given you permission to upload and share it, yes.
If you used images or other materials that you did not create or that you did not get permission to include and share, no.
What is an Open-Source Resource?
The Creative Commons licenses are a popular form of sharing-based licenses. Learn more about Creative Commons licenses.
If I bought a resource, does that mean I own it and am free to upload it?
Most likely, no. You likely purchased a license to the resource and are not authorized to share it. Read any license agreement carefully. If it does not specifically allow for the resource to be shared on sites like Amazon Inspire, you should not upload the resource to Amazon Inspire.
If something is available for free on the Internet, does that mean it is open-source and I can upload it?
No, not always:
Many educators and individuals will make resources they have created available for free but do not authorize them to be shared.
Many resources freely available on the internet are available under a limited license and remain subject to copyright protection.
You should always read the license agreement for anything you find on the internet. If there is a license agreement and it does not specifically allow for the resource to be shared on sites like Amazon Inspire you should not upload the resource to Amazon Inspire. If there is no license and you cannot confirm the resource is open source or public domain, you should not upload it to Amazon Inspire.
What if I am not sure whether a resource is Open Source?
If you are not sure, please do not upload the resource.
Can I upload a zip file?
Sorry, you cannot upload a zip file.
Can I upload an MP3 or other audio file format?
Sorry, you cannot upload audio-only file formats.
Is there a file size limit?
Please do not upload files that exceed 2 GB.
Can I share a link rather than uploading a file?
I want to upload a resource but Amazon Inspire does not support the file type. What should I do?
If the resource that you want to upload is not a supported file type, upload the URL to link to the location where a user can access your resource. To upload the URL, click "Add Online Resource" on the "Upload your Educational Resource" screen.
Can I create thumbnails for my resources?
When you upload a resource, a thumbnail is automatically created for your resource. Customized thumbnails are not supported.
What is metadata?
Within Amazon Inspire, metadata is the information used to describe and curate educational resources, similar to content tags. The information used to describe the resource allows it to be identified and discovered. Thorough and accurate metadata makes a resource more easily discoverable on Amazon Inspire.
What should I consider when completing metadata?
You can consider the following questions when completing metadata:
- How would you (or educators who use your content) search for this resource? What key terms would they use?
- What information is present in the resource itself that can be easily and efficiently entered in a given metadata field?
- How would you expect to find this resource?
- What information would you want to know about the resource before viewing it?
Do you have any tips on completing the metadata fields?
Metadata helps other educators find your resource. Please note that the Amazon Inspire team may edit the metadata in order to make a resource more easily discoverable on the site.
Here are some of the metadata fields available on Amazon Inspire. Keep these tips in mind as you are completing the metadata:
- Title: The title of a resource should be descriptive and meaningful to a broad audience of educators. A title should be easily interpreted when looking at search results and provide a short overview of the resource. Titles should follow this convention: no periods, capitalize words except for prepositions/articles, and no complete sentences. For example: Understanding Statistical Variability by Solving Real-World Problems
- Description: Descriptions serve as a brief overview of a resource. A strong description includes what the resource is (e.g. lesson, assessment, activity, etc.), how it is intended to be used (purpose), and what value it brings to the learner (learning outcomes). Descriptions should be written in complete sentences involving a thorough, yet succinct summary of the topic covered in the resource. For example: Help your students improve their understanding of how to interpret data sets by engaging in small-group discussion to solve real-world problems. This lesson covers statistical questions and data distribution, including center and spread. The activities outlined can be used to teach as well as assess these concepts.
- Grade: A single grade level or multiple grade levels can be selected.
- Subject: A single subject area or multiple subjects, topics, and subtopics can be selected.
- License Type: Review the full terms of all the license type options before making a decision. If you are sharing a resource that you did not personally create, please double check the license for that resource to determine the appropriate way in which to share it.
- Standard Alignment: Be sure to align the resource with the appropriate and accurate standard(s). Consider the number of standards you might be tagging. Do all of them really align to this resource?
- Keywords: Keywords is a good place to put terms that describe the resource but were not used within the other fields. Choose terms that you think other educators will use to search for the resource.
- Depth of Knowledge: Depth of Knowledge specifies the complexity of thinking required to complete a task. Please familiarize yourself with the various levels of Depth of Knowledge before aligning your resource. In some cases, it may not make sense to align a Depth of Knowledge level.
- Contributors: Contributors are those who helped with or supported the creation of the resource but did not directly author the content.
- Accessibility: A resource is accessible if it is compatible with technologies that assist all types of learners. For example, a video with closed captions will be accessible to a deaf student. Meanwhile, a document with enlarged, high-contrast text will typically be accessible to a visually impaired student. Make sure the resource is truly considered accessible before tagging it as such.
My resource or collection can be used by multiple grade levels and across multiple subjects. How should I tag it?
If the resource or Collection that you are uploading is relevant for multiple grades or subjects, you can select multiple grades and multiple subjects.
Can I edit the metadata if the resource is already published?
Yes. To edit metadata for a resource you've published, simply visit your published content page and click the Edit Resource button to edit the metadata.
Can I save my metadata for one resource and reuse it for another resource?
No, reusing metadata is not supported.
Can I replace a resource with a new version and keep the metadata intact?
No. Every time a new version of the resource is uploaded, you'll need to enter metadata before you can publish the resource.
How do I delete a resource that I have published?
You can access your published resources by selecting "My Content" in the top-right corner of the page. From there, you can delete the resources or collection by selecting the trash can icon.
Can I restore resources or collections that I have deleted?
Please delete resources or collections only when you are absolutely sure you want to delete them. We currently do not have a way for you to undo a deletion or restore deleted resources.
Who can see the resources or collections that I publish?
The resources or collections that you publish are available to every Amazon Inspire user.
Can I restrict access of my resources?
No, access to resources cannot be restricted.
Can I contact people who have downloaded my resources?
No. You cannot contact people who have downloaded your resources.
How do I find the resources that I need?
- In the search bar, type a term or phrase that describes what you are looking for. You'll see a list of relevant resources.
- To narrow the results, use the filters on the left side of the screen. You can filter by grade, subject, depth of knowledge, standard, and other settings.
How do I download resources?
To download resources, on the Search Results or Details page, click “Download.”
Why do I see an Open Link button and not a Download button?
If the resource is a link to a different website, you will see "Open Link" instead of a "Download" button. They are called Online Resources. Online resources cannot be downloaded, and can only be viewed on your browser.
I have a resource that needs to be linked to other resources. How do I do that?
The Collections feature will help you organize resources that you want to group together. To do this:
- Publish the resources
- Go to “My Content” and select “Resources" to see a list of your published resources.
- Select the resource and then click "Add to Collection." Select "Create a New Collection."
To add resources to an existing collection, select the appropriate collection name.
Note: You can also add the resources shared by others to your collections.
Can I add a resource that I like to my collections?
Yes. You can add any resource available on Amazon Inspire to your collections. You can create two types of collections.
- Private Collection: This is a personal collection only viewable by you.
- Public Collection: This is available to the Amazon Inspire Community.
Reviews and Ratings
How do I write a review for a resource?
To write a review for a resource, you should have either previewed, viewed, or downloaded the resource. To write a review:
- Log in to Amazon Inspire
- On the resource's Details page, click "Write a Review".
- From here, you can write your review, include a title, and provide a star rating for the resource.
Can I edit or delete my review?
The ability to edit reviews is coming soon.
To delete your review, click "Delete".
I wrote a review, but I’m not seeing it with the resource.
It might take some time before your review goes live on Amazon Inspire. If you do not see your review within 2 business days of publishing it, check your email for a notification of your review. If you have not received an email regarding your review, please contact our Customer Support Team.
Can I use a display name for my reviews?
Yes, you will be asked to enter a display name when you sign up or when you write your first review if you did not provide one during sign up. You can always change it later by updating your Display Name on the Account Information page.
I’m having trouble signing in. What should I do?
Please ensure that you are using the Amazon.com account that you used to sign up for your Amazon Inspire account. In case you have forgotten your Amazon.com password, click here to request a personalized "password reset" link. If you are still experiencing issues, please contact our Customer Support Team.
Which browsers does Amazon Inspire support?
Amazon Inspire currently supports Internet Explorer 11 and the latest versions of Chrome, Safari, and Firefox.
Can I access Amazon Inspire on my smart phone or tablet?
While Amazon Inspire will work on most mobile browsers, we suggest using a desktop/laptop browser for the best experience.
I’m unable to upload a resource. What do I do?
If you are experiencing errors while uploading resources, please check to confirm that Amazon Inspire supports the files you are trying to upload. We support the following file types:
- Document: doc, docx, pdf, rtf, txt, xls, xlsx, ppt, pptx
- Image: bmp, gif, jpeg, jpg, png
- Video: flv, mov, mp4, mpeg, mpg, wmv
In addition, you can share links.
If you continue to see an error, please contact our Customer Support Team for assistance.
How do I submit a suggestion or complaint?
To send us feedback, click the “Feedback” link at the top of the page.
Signing in with Amazon
My Amazon Inspire user name and password no longer work. Why do I now need to sign in with Amazon credentials?
You now need to use your Amazon.com credentials to sign in to your Amazon Inspire account. This change is to improve security and ease of use.
I have an existing Amazon Inspire account. Will I lose my data?
No, you will not lose your data. You will be able to link your Amazon.com account to your existing Amazon Inspire account. Once this is done, you will have access to all of your data—just like before. If your Amazon.com email address and the email address you used to sign up for Amazon Inspire are the same, your account will be linked together after you verify your email address.
My Amazon Inspire account email does not match my Amazon.com email address. Will I still be able to link my existing account to my Amazon.com credentials?
Yes. After you log in, you can enter the email address associated with your existing Amazon Inspire account so that you can link it to your Amazon.com credentials.
Note: all Amazon Inspire email messages will come to the email address associated with your Amazon.com account.
My Amazon.com account is linked to my personal email address and I do not want to use it with my Amazon Inspire account. What are my options?
You can create a new Amazon.com account with an email address of your choice. Click on "Create an Amazon.com account" when prompted to enter your Amazon.com credentials.
A resource on Amazon Inspire is infringing my copyright. How can I claim copyright infringement?
To claim copyright infringement, please locate the resource in Inspire and select the Report an Issue link. You can then select the Copyright Violation option to file your claim.
I found an inappropriate or objectionable resource. What should I do?
If you find a resource on Inspire that you believe is inappropriate or otherwise violates our policies, click "Report an Issue" link then select "Offensive/Inappropriate Content".
What are Amazon Inspire’s Content Guidelines?
Amazon Inspire is intended to allow you to share educational content with educators and you should only upload content that you have the right to share publicly and that have educational value. In general, follow community standards of common sense and good taste.
We don't accept pornography or offensive depictions of graphic sexual acts.
What we deem offensive is probably about what you would expect.
Illegal and Infringing Content
We take violations of laws and proprietary rights very seriously. It is your responsibility to ensure that your content doesn't violate laws or copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity, or other rights. Just because content is freely available does not mean you are free to copy and share it.
Poor User Experience
We don't allow content that provides a poor user experience. For example, content with broken links or corrupted files will typically be disappointing to users. We reserve the right to determine whether content provides a poor user experience.
This should not be construed as an exhaustive list of prohibited content but rather as general guidelines. We reserve the right to make judgments about whether content is appropriate and to choose not to allow it.
At this time, resources containing text must be primarily in the English language.
What are the licenses I can use for the resources I publish?
If you would like to share your resource under a Creative Commons license, you can choose one of these four licenses:
- Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International
- Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International
- Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International
- Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
If you do not want to share your content under a Creative Commons license, we also offer our own Amazon Inspire Custom License.
If you are sharing a link on Amazon Inspire, you can select the “See License on Resource Site” option as well. In this case, the resource should be used according to the license on the site that hosts the resource.
Can I use images I found on the Internet in my resources?
Most images you can find online have an owner, and you'll need to determine whether the owner allows others to reuse the image at all, and what types of reuse they allow. You'll need to have the right to reuse any images you include in your resources—not just photos and illustrations, but clip art, borders, design elements, and any other type of image.
Your safest bet is to use images that either you created yourself or you've secured explicit permission to use.
Can I link to other material on the Internet from my resources?
You can always link to content of your own if it's not in a file type that Amazon Inspire supports. On the internet at large, many owners of resources have adopted a policy prohibiting links to their material, and it's best to secure permission from anyone if you want to link to their content in your resources.
Does Fair Use apply? What do I need to know?
Ultimately, courts decide what constitutes fair use on the merits of individual’s cases, and there are not universal definitions of fair use for every type of content and every type of reuse. As with images and links, you're safest when you publish only content that you've created, or received explicit permission to reuse.
How do I know if material I'm using is copyrighted?
Typically, you can assume that someone holds a copyright to any imagery, name, title, or key phrase. Even if you're able to use a given resource in the classroom, it may not be something you can post on the internet.
You should only use content that you create yourself, obtain explicit permission to reuse, or that has fair use exceptions. You can learn more on these sites:
What does public domain mean?
When no one holds the copyright to a work, that work is in the public domain. Copyrights typically have time limits, and most copyrighted material eventually ages into the public domain—but it's not always easy for members of the public to determine whether a specific work is in the public domain. Works published before 1923 are in the public domain, and there's more information about public domain on this site.
Do I need a copyright for my resource? How do I get one?
To learn more about copyright, go to U.S. Copyright Office.