re:Invent Guide: For AWS Educators


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This guide is for re:Invent attendees who teach AWS in educational institutions through AWS Educate or AWS Academy. I am an AWS Academy Leadership Council and AWS Educate Cloud Ambassador Council member. I’ve taught AWS all day in higher education institutions for many years! I’ve designed this guide to help you improve your classes with AWS and update or recap your basic AWS knowledge for teaching AWS. Also, the following sessions cover the content of AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate exam, making them good to share with your AWS Educate and AWS Academy students.

Refresh Your Basic Knowledge

Amazon EC2 foundations  ›

This session is a recap of your knowledge of Amazon EC2 and most of the IT infrastructures depending on Amazon EC2. Having a good understanding of Amazon EC2 can help you design and maintain your cloud workload effectively.


Amazon EBS snapshots: What’s new, best practices, and security  ›

Amazon EBS works closely with Amazon EC2. This talk teaches you the best practices to back up and recover your data in EBS volume with snapshots.


Save by using multiple purchase options with Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling  ›

One of main benefits of cloud computing is elasticity. Students should be familiar with using Auto Scaling groups. Auto Scaling has been simplified even more with this year’s update. This is the session to join if you need help setting up the mix of Spot Instances, On-Demand Instances, and Reserved Instances.


AWS networking fundamentals  ›

This session walks you through the fundamentals of Amazon VPC. This will be a good recap for your VPC knowledge, and VPC is the most important topic for AWS exam. Topics covered include designing your IP space, subnetting, routing, security, NAT, and much more. Hybrid cloud network design options (e.g., VPN, AWS Direct Connect) are also discussed.


Hybrid connectivity on AWS  ›

Your students must know the strategies of connecting VPC to on-premises, as all companies have some servers and desktops. This talk also covers some basic Amazon Route 53 and AWS Client VPN.


Understand the basics of IPv6 networking on AWS  ›

IPv6 is the future! It’s good for you to learn about how to use IPv6 in AWS and share that knowledge with your students. Learn about the differences between IPv4 and IPv6 in VPC, such as no more NAT and what an egress-only internet gateway is.


Deep dive on the Amazon S3 storage classes  ›

Amazon S3 is one of the most important core services in AWS, and you need to understand the characteristics of six storage classes and the best practices, such as using lifecycle management.


Architecting for the cloud  ›

Students should know the differences between traditional and cloud IT infrastructure. This talk redefines the thinking of IT infrastructure, such as scalability, designing for failure, constrained thinking, elasticity, parallel processing, loose coupling, and more. These are important concepts for cloud system design and implementation.

Bring Some Fun Workshops to Your Classroom

Build a serverless ride-sharing web application  ›

I have done a series of these unicorn-rides workshops with my students. The students’ feedback is good, and they enjoyed the series. You can take this workshop and then do it with your students; the workshop is easy, and your students can have fun learning how to build a very simple serverless app on AWS’s free tier!


Build a serverless web app for a theme park  ›

This workshop can be interesting for students too. It guides you through building a serverless app and integrating it with different AWS AI services, such as Amazon Rekognition and Amazon Translate.


Mythical Mysfits: Build a modern web application on AWS  ›

This workshop teaches you how to run a three-tier web application in AWS Fargate with Docker. My students had fun doing this one.

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