Introducing Mystery Skype, an educational game invented by teachers. It's played by two classrooms using Skype. The aim of the game is to guess the location of the other classroom by asking each other questions. Mystery Skype is a fun way to get students of all ages learning about different cultures and being engaged in subjects like geography, history and languages. It's super easy to register, just go here to find out more and get talking with classrooms all over the world!
And now, it's becoming possible to speak with classes in different languages with Skype Translator! Skype Translator was recently previewed to two school classes – one in Washington, USA and one in Mexico City. Watch the video below to see how, with the help of Skype Translator, students were able to overcome the language barrier which previously would have stopped them communicating. This innovation will bring people together like never before, and will open up endless possibilities for people around the world to connect, communicate and collaborate.
The Skype Translator preview program is kicking-off with two spoken languages, Spanish and English, and 40+ instant messaging languages will be available to Skype customers who have signed-up via the Skype Translator sign-up page. Skype Translator relies on machine learning, which means that the more the technology is used, the smarter it gets. As more people use the Skype Translator preview, the quality will continually improve. Skype also needs your help to fast-track new language releases. So make sure you sign up, let your language preferences be known and get involved!
Teachers in New Zealand and overseas are already using Skype in the Classroom to facilitate collaboration and serve as a resource for innovative lesson ideas. Talk with other classes no matter where they are, take your class on a virtual field trip or find guest speakers and invite them into your classroom. These are just a couple of ideas, the opportunities are endless! Click here to join Skype and take your classroom experience to the next level!