Last month, we highlighted various ways teachers and students could celebrate Earth Day and travel thousands of miles virtually via Skype in the Classroom to learn more about conservation, sustainability, and how we can do more to protect our planet.
Many teachers took up the opportunity and in April travelled over 2.3 million Skype miles which is 96 times around the world!
In fact, since we started tracking Skype miles, our community has travelled 505,387,017 virtual miles! That’s equivalent of going to the sun and back… twice. Or travelling around the earth twenty thousand times!
We are adding new Skype lessons, virtual field trips, and guest speakers all the time, so if you’re a teacher, get involved and start clocking up your Skype miles! If you’re a parent, why not speak to your child’s teacher to tell them how Skype in the Classroom can bring the world into their classroom live!
It’s not too late to get involved! Every day is a good day for students to learn more about conserving our planet. Here are our top 3 picks:
The catastrophic decline of the African lion
This lesson is ongoing and is run by Lion Aid UK. Chris MacSween and Dr Pieter Kat discuss how over the past 50 years Africa’s lion populations have plummeted from over 200,000 individuals back in the 1960’s to a shocking 15,000 today. Students will learn many fascinating facts about the African lion, realize its importance to ecosystems, understand the historical and cultural significance of this iconic species and most importantly, discover how they themselves can really make a difference to help save this magnificent species from dying out before it is too late.
A new understanding
Michael Kaburi, from Mitahato Educational farm in Kenya, gives some insights into how people relate differently to their environments, with an emphasis on Kenya where 80% of the population lives in rural areas.
The changing Arctic: climate impacts for ecosystems and economies
This lesson is ongoing and is run by Magdalena A K Muir, a Research Associate with the Arctic Institute of North America at the University of Calgary. Magdalena discusses with students how the arctic is changing—across ecosystems and species—and provides a vision of its future.
Teachers: You can get involved with Skype in the Classroom by registering on our website.
Parents: Why not ask your school to get involved with Skype in the Classroom so your kids can experience the world live from their classrooms?