Classrooms travel 9.8M virtual miles during the Skype-a-Thon

On November 29th and 30th, educators from 75 countries around the world participated in Microsoft’s second annual Skype-a-Thon in celebration of learning without borders. The goal was to travel three million virtual miles in 48 hours. However, over the course of the two-day event our global learning community of educators, guest speakers and students travelled 9,811,582 virtual miles. A true record!

Skype-a-Thon 2016

We’ve heard incredible stories from students who traveled all over the world—from Antarctica, to different National Parks in the United States, to a Farm in Kenya—and made new friends and learnt new things. They visited museums, zoos, laboratories, National Parks, and animal sanctuaries, learnt about everything from coding and computer science to languages, conservation and service learning. Students got a glimpse of the world around them and they were exposed to different cultures and viewpoints. They learned while having fun at the same time!

Skype-a-Thon 2016
Andrea Friend’s class, Andover Middle School, Kansas, US

A few quotes from participants:

“I liked the Skype-a-Thon because we got to meet new people from England, Texas, and Antarctica!” – Lila, 2nd Grade

“My favorite part of the Skype-a-Thon was learning about how Skype worked, its general purpose, a little bit about its future.” – Halle, 8th Grade

Skype-a-Thon 2016
Kristy Griffin’s class, Bolsover Church of England Junior School, UK

“We had a Skype call with Australia and I learnt that it is fall here and it is spring there!” – Ava, 1st Grade

“It was pretty cool because we got to see the penguins and the volcano and we got to see what it was like there.” – James, 3nd Grade

“The world seems really large, and it would take a long time to go all way around it. But with things like Skype it seems so small.” – Quentin, 8th Grade

Skype-a-Thon 2016
Amy Rosenstein’s class, New York, US

“My favorite part was talking to a Skype employee and singing happy birthday to him, and that he told us secrets about what Skype is going to do.” – Elena, 8th Grade

“I liked doing the Skype-a-Thon because it’s fun and you get to learn about animals, places, and people around the world.” – Aarav, 2nd Grade

To revisit the experience, check out our Skype-a-Thon wrap up video below, or relive the action on Twitter here.

These two days were full of energy, passion and inspiration. Thank you all for participating in this year’s Skype-a-Thon. It helped thousands of students gain a better understanding of our world, a world that they are a part of, and will help shape as they grow up.

Teachers: Find out more about how to use Skype in your classroom in the Microsoft Educator Community.

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?