Travel to the States—or even Antarctica—from the Classroom!


Have you ever wondered what it’s like to go on an overseas field trip or talk to people from different countries—without taking a single step out of your classroom? With Skype and a steady Internet connection, this is entirely possible. In fact, it is already taking place around the world.

Through Skype in the Classroom, over six million students from 265 countries and regions had the opportunity to talk to experts, like marine biologists, zookeepers and authors, and travel to amazing destinations such as Kenya and Mount Everest, all while discovering what it means to be a global citizen along the way.

But let us take this classroom adventure another step further. Let us travel together to several countries, traversing over one million virtual miles, while learning about our world, in just 48 hours.

This is what we at Microsoft will be doing during our first-ever global Skype-a-Thon, which will be taking place on 3 and 4 December this year—all in a bid to celebrate education without borders.

In order for us to reach one million virtual miles, we need your participation to help us rake in the miles! You can do so by joining us, as well as thousands of educators around the world, by participating in this event together with your students.

Through the Skype-a-Thon, your students can choose to take part in one of three activities:

  • Take virtual field trips to any part of the world including the Dinosaur National Monument in the U.S. or a penguin breeding colony in Antarctica
  • Converse with a guest speaker about their working experiences, from an engineer to a video game developer
  • Connect with another classroom in a different country through Mystery Skype, a game in which both classrooms will have to guess each other’s location by asking questions on Skype.

All you need to do is register for one of these activities on the Skype-a-Thon community page. And, when you have completed your activity, share your miles with us by posting a picture of how far your classroom has travelled together, either on Twitter or Instagram. Don’t forget to tag it with #SkypeaThon, so that everyone can see your picture! A global mileage tracker on the Skype-a-Thon community site will be tracking our collective progress.

 Be creative with your photographs; it might be featured in the Skype-a-Thon highlights video that Microsoft will be sharing worldwide after the event!

 This will definitely be a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience for your students, so be sure to register with us today!

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