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Skype CEO Sees Education As A Big Area For Growth & Social Good


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Thanks to Skype in the Classroom, more than 16,000 teachers worldwide are using Skype to help their students learn better. On Wednesday at the Social Good Summit, Skype CEO Tony Bates said, “We really felt that it was time to take this to the next level .. moving from grassroots Skype in the classroom to an initiative driven by Skype.”Skype in the classroom is a social network for educators. It was launched in December to connect 1 million teachers to collaborate, share their teaching experience and learn from each other so they can help their students.

Using the platform, teachers can create profiles that describe their classes and teaching interests. They can also search a directory of teachers from all over the world by student age range, language and subject.

Teachers can connect with their counterparts from all over the world.

What is perhaps Skype in the Classroom’s most useful feature is a “project” tab that helps teachers find partner classrooms for projects and ideas. One teacher, for instance, used the platform to coordinate a “weather around the world” unit. A middle school in Massachusetts regularly chats with an Afghan youth peace volunteer group. Another was able to host a virtual visit from Barbara Bush.

Approximately 900 projects have been posted on Skype in the Classroom’s website. Skype is also partnering with the Kahn Academy “to help translate their video content into all of the world’s languages”. Kahn Academy’s mission is to provide free access to world-class education to anyone.

Kara from Missouri, speaks about finding teachers to connect with on Skype in the classroom from Skype in the classroom onVimeo.

via - Mashable

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