In honor of Earth Day tomorrow April 22nd, take your class on a fun, free virtual field trip or a bring an expert environmental guest speaker into your classroom over Skype. With zero carbon footprint, Skype in the Classroom
allows you to transport your students around the world to learn firsthand about environmental issues.
Have a look at a few of our most exciting Earth Day adventures below:
The catastrophic decline of the African lion
Over the past 50 years Africa’s lion population has plummeted from over 200,000 individuals back in the 1960’s to 15,000 today. A shocking number if you consider the size of that continent, and by far the greatest number of remaining lion populations are small, scattered, and highly vulnerable. The outcomes for this lesson are clear: the pupils will learn many fascinating facts about the African lion, realize its importance to ecosystems, understand the historical and cultural significance of this iconic species, and most importantly, discover how they themselves can really make a difference to help save this magnificent species from dying out before it is too late.
Race Against Time: Win a call with the expedition team
Mark Wood and his team are embarking on the only expedition to cross the Arctic from the North Pole to the Canadian coast this year in order to document climate change. Having had the warmest winter on record, the ice is at an all-time low level so this will make the expedition very challenging. We are offering 10 teachers and their students a chance to have a Skype call with the team to learn first-hand what they saw in the Arctic, from the melted ice to polar bears. All teachers who join in will also receive exclusive early access to his next expedition to Everest next year.
Take a virtual trip to Yellowstone National Park
Classrooms can chat over Skype with a Yellowstone National Park ranger to learn more about geology. Find out about geysers, hot springs, volcanoes, and the science (and even math!) behind these natural phenomena.
Earth Day isn’t the only time to learn about why respecting the earth is important. Travel the world for free in an environmentally responsible way any day of the year with your classroom!
Teachers: To book your next Virtual Field Trip or Skype Lesson, please head over to the Skype in the Classroom website. Share a snapshot of your classroom’s Earth Day experience with @SkypeClassroom on Twitter with hashtag #Skype2Learn.
Parents: Why not ask your school to get involved with Skype in the Classroom so your kids can experience the world live from their classrooms?
Check out more Earth Day Skype adventures here on the Skype blog.