Skype joins forces with Penguin Group, New York Philharmonic, Science Museum London, Peace One Day, and Save the Children to provide teachers with educational content and access to expert speakers via video calling. The collaboration marks Skype's latest initiative to reach its goal of connecting one million classrooms globally through Skype in the classroom, a free online community that helps teachers use Skype to enrich experiences for students.
Skype in the classroom now features each individual organization's dynamic content, projects and available guest speakers, including the following:
- Penguin Young Readers Group will connect authors, such as Adam Gidwitz, Caroline Lawrence and Nancy Krulik, with students for discussions about books, reading and writing
- The New York Philharmonic will offer live interaction with musicians and educators, beginning with an exploration of Billy the Kid -the man and the legend- through the lens of Aaron Copland's 1939 ballet
- Registered teachers have the opportunity to link directly to the free Skype supported Peace One Day Global Education Resources and to inspire and educate their students about the importance of peace in the modern world. Students can also connect with Peace One Day Founder, Jeremy Gilley and listen to his inspirational story, questioning him on all aspects of his incredible journey to institutionalize Peace Day, 21 September
- Save the Children and the Science Museum, London will have individual projects on Skype in the classroom by the end of the year
To join Skype in the classroom and view these exclusive resources, teachers should take these steps:
- Sign up at education.skype.com using their Skype account details
- Create a profile which includes their interests, location and the age groups they teach
For more information or to register for Skype in the classroom, visit http://education.skype.com .