Communicating across continents – how classrooms are utilizing Skype
Just last month, Skype launched Skype in the Classroom, an online resource for the global education community. This free resource helps educators and students around the world find, meet and learn from each other via Skype video call. Three weeks post-launch we’re excited to share that over 10,000 teachers have signed up to take advantage of the free online Skype community. Thousands of teachers are now finding, communicating, and partnering with each other to connect their classrooms and take part in exciting lessons.
Can you imagine the number of face-to-face cultural exchanges students around the world are now having via Skype? Take for example, Jennifer Auten’s second grade class in Los Altos, California that had an unforgettable lesson last week with students a continent away. Auten’s elementary students had the exciting opportunity to discuss with students at Villa Maria Academy in Santiago, Chile how their cultures differ, all without leaving their classroom. Even more, the students got to see hands-on how they dress, talk, and act. We bet the students won’t forget that fun Skype classroom exchange! You can watch the exciting and interactive cross-continent exchange here.