Educators around the world are invited to participate in Microsoft’s annual two-day Skype-a-Thon, an event aimed at connecting classrooms around the world and showcasing how technology can be used to enhance the learning experience. Starting on December 3 and going through December 4, Microsoft's Global Skype-a-Thon will attempt to travel a million virtual miles during the two-day event.
For this year’s global Skype-a-Thon, educators can choose from thousands of activities including speaking with an expert guest speaker on a topic their class is studying. They can also choose to take their class on a virtual field trip. Skype in the Classroom offers these virtual trips that spark imagination, from learning about sea turtles to exploring cultural perspectives in Western American art - and nearly everything in between. Educators can also connect with classrooms in other countries with #Mystery Skype, a global guessing game that teaches kids geography, promotes cultural understanding and broadens perspectives.
Participants may be selected as one of 10 classrooms to be featured in the global Skype-a-Thon highlights video, which Microsoft will produce and share with their global educator community and beyond.
As part of the event, Anthony Salcito, Microsoft Vice-President of Worldwide Education has taken on a 24-hour Skype Challenge wherein he does one-on-one sessions with different showcase schools in select countries around the world. In the Philippines, students and teachers of Asia Pacific College have been chosen to be a part of this challenge, gaining insights directly from Salcito himself.
For more information and to register for this year’s global Skype-a-Thon visit Skypeathon.com.