Annual Skype-a-Thon celebrates the power of connection

The countdown to this year’s Skype-a-Thon has begun. The annual celebration of the power of connection is set to take place November 28–29, 2017. Through stories, games, guest speakers, and collaboration, students around the world will open their hearts and minds to become energized, engaged global citizens.

Graphic for the annual Skype-a-Thon taking place this year on November 28 through 29.

Students today are more of a global community than ever before. The walls of the classroom have expanded to connect them with cultures and environments near and far that offer diverse perspectives and help them model compassion for one other, the environment, and the health and welfare of neighbors all over the world.

The Skype-a-Thon is a two-day learning event where we—as a global community—count the virtual distance students travel during Skype calls made November 28–29. Classrooms can use Skype to take virtual field trips to popular landmarks or other places of interest, or to connect with guest speakers in fields of study where local experts may not be available—as well as unite with nearly half a million students worldwide! Last year, 9.8 million virtual miles were traveled—this year, the goal is set at 10 million.

Learn how you can make a Skype call with another class, a Microsoftie, or a guest speaker during this year’s annual Skype-a-Thon. Share your plans, goals, and your Skype-a-Thon experiences on social media using #SkypeaThon and #MicrosoftEDU.

To learn more about Skype in the Classroom and how to join this year’s annual Skype-a-Thon, visit For even more ideas on how you and your class can participate in the Skype-a-Thon, see this blog post from Anthony Salcito, vice president of Worldwide Education at Microsoft.