Skype has launched a free online platform aimed at connecting teachers with other educators and classrooms around the globe.
The new platform called “Skype in the classroom,” is designed to help teachers find each other and related projects according to search criteria such as the age groups they teach, location, subjects of interest; and teaching resources that can be shared.
Skype in the classroom has been in beta since the end of December, and is already being used by more than 3,900 teachers, in 99 countries.
Key features of Skype in the classroom include:
*Search by location, map or keyword to find what you're looking for, whether it's a teacher, resource or project.
*Showcase projects you want to carry out and post details of the kind of partner you are looking for, and find projects to participate in.
*Share and find resources, ideas, information and advice.
“Skype in the classroom has been developed for a specific community of people who have a shared interest and are passionate about using technology in inventive ways in their classroom,” said Tony Bates, Skype Chief Executive Officer.
“We’ve received positive feedback from teachers and are keen to continue developing the site to meet their needs and help school children around the world work together .”