Last week, we heard the amazing news that a World Regional Geography class at Virginia Tech in the United States would have the opportunity to have a Skype video call with Burmese democracy leader and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Aung San Suu Kyi. How did this all come about? While studying Southeast Asia, which included watching a film depicting the struggles of the Burmese peoples, Professor John Boyer’s Virginia Tech students came up with the idea to ask Aung San Suu Kyi to speak with them. A bit of a long-shot, Boyer and his enthusiastic students put together a YouTube video for her, proposing a Skype video call to discuss the power of globalization, her experience in Burma and more. Sure enough, all the way from Burma, Suu Kyi agreed to speak with the students via Skype!
Last Monday, from Blacksburg, Virginia all the way to Burma, the memorable Skype video call took place. John Boyer, the Virginia Tech professor who arranged this call with his 3,000 students, commented on the experience: “Our surreal Skype interview with Aung San Suu Kyi was the perfect fusion of globalization, education, technology and democracy in action. The future of great educational courses will definitely contain Skype as a foundational component. We should come to expect that classrooms will have access to the top scientists, artists, politicians, and experts from every field directly interacting and impacting students all over the globe. Skype is making the impossible possible. Who would have ever dreamed that a group of American college kids would have access to a modern day heroine, Nobel laureate, and living legend located on the other side of the planet? I guess Skype did.”
We encourage you to watch the inspiring and educating video below of their conversation. We hope it inspires more classrooms across the globe to dream big and use the power of Skype video calling to help make these dreams come to life. For more information on how your school can use Skype in the classroom, please visit Skype in the classroom at education.skype.com.