Day One: Microsoft’s Global Skype-a-Thon hits 3M miles in just one day

We couldn’t be happier about the momentum and participation this year’s Skype-a-Thon is generating. Unforgettable moments, lots of excitement and learning is taking place in classrooms across the globe. Educators and students embraced the global learning movement and their energy and enthusiasm is a true inspiration.

We are thrilled that in just one day, we have surpassed our goal of three million virtual miles travelled. We can’t wait to see how many more miles are traveled on Day Two today.

Many thanks to all the educators, classrooms, guest speakers and organizations who have participated so far and created life-changing lessons for students. You are all an inspiration!

Skype-a-Thon 2016A few highlights from Day One

“Every Skype call today was phenomenal but singing Rudolph with kids 4,000 miles away was a huge highlight of our day. We’ve been learning about our similarities and differences, and our Skype calls so clearly showed how similar we are to kids around the world “ – Karina Bailey, Georgia, USA

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Karina Bailey’s class from Georgia, USA, showing how many virtual miles they’ve traveled on Day One of the Skype-a-Thon

“Our first stop was in Brooklyn, NY, where my violin students actually taught a lesson to a beginners’ class—it was amazing.” –  Elisa Guerra, Mexico

“My classroom played a math Kahoot with a classroom in Iowa and Stephanie from the Kahoot team joined us too—it was so much fun” – Steve Auslander, Indiana, USA

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Steve Auslander’s class from Indiana, USA, on a Skype call during the Skype-a-Thon

“Today my students played Mystery Korean Food with Microsoft’s VP of Education Anthony Salcito and they taught him how to cook Bibimbap! It was awesome!” – Pooleum Carolyn Noh, South Korea

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Pooleum Carolyn Noh’s class from South Korea on Skype with Microsoft’s VP of Education Anthony Salcito

The fun is not over yet! We are off for Day Two and can’t wait to see what calls happen today and where classrooms are traveling.

Don’t forget to post a creative photo on Twitter showing the distance you traveled. Tag it with #skypeathon so everyone can see how far you’ve gone!