Skype at McGraw-Hill Innovation Showcase: Social Media for Higher Education
Skype continues to break barriers in the classroom. Last week, we had the opportunity to attend McGraw-Hill’s Social Media for Higher Education conference. As part of Social Media Week New York, this event was a trade floor of information and introductions between educators, higher education influencers, media, and today’s “game changers” in education technology.
At the conference, we had the opportunity to demo the newest apps, tools, and social media features available for students and teachers, so Skype was a natural fit. This was a great chance for our team to showcase the various ways Skype can be brought into the classroom to enrich students’ education. We were also able to demonstrate how group video calling can bring together groups of up to ten students or educators, so that teams can collaborate and learn. What’s more, Skype video calling on both the iPhone and coming soon to Verizon 4G LTE smartphones, allows students and teachers to share educational experiences, even while on-the-go.
Attendees were excited to learn about the Skype in the Classroom (beta) site, a free online directory that connects teachers interested in using Skype in their classrooms. Educators and media at the McGraw-Hill event were excited to hear about the teaching resources and community of educators all available at this one resource, to help them make the most of Skype.
Skype and McGraw-Hill will continue to make strides in the classroom and we’ll be sure to keep you posted. Skype is such a seamless fit into any students’ dialogue, and we hope to spread the word to more educators and students in the near future.