Classrooms worldwide are becoming a place for teachers and students to hop, Skype, and jump.
This week, Skype announced that their free video-conferencing technology has rolled into schools to help teachers and students collaborate on classroom projects.
Education Week reports that teachers are using Skype “to bring experts to class, connect foreign-language students to native speakers, and hold virtual field trips.”
Swedish entrepreneur Niklas Zennström and Dane Janus Friis. founded Skype in 2003. The Luxembourg-based company today boosts 663 million registered worldwide users.
“Skype in the Classroom” was created in response to the growing number of teachers using Skype to help their students learn. The company says it’s designed to help like-minded teachers find each other, collaborate on projects, and share inspiration and resources.
The new service asks teachers to share their interests, specialties and location as part of their Skype profile, allowing them to quickly find partner classes or guest speakers for a specific learning activity.