Go Global with Skype in the Classroom + Flipgrid 🌏

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Skype-a-Thon is right around the corner, and Team Flipgrid couldn’t be more excited! As you know, we 💚LOVE 💚 spending time with you and your students. So this year, we’re celebrating by connecting with classrooms around the world for 48 straight hours! If you want to join the global party and connect with Team Flipgrid, register here to scoop up a time slot!

Keep reading to learn more about Skype-a-Thon and the amazing ways you can appsmash Flipgrid and Skype in the Classroom!


Skype in the Classroom

Skype in the Classroom is a free community that offers live educational experiences for students, including virtual field trips, talks from guest speakers, and classroom-to-classroom connections. These activities range from visiting museums around the world to learning about conservation activities to connecting with authors and storytellers. In addition to facilitating on-demand connections, each month Skype in the Classroom hosts global experiences. Explore them all on their event calendar!


Skype-a-Thon is coming!

The biggest Skype in the Classroom event is Skype-a-Thon, a two day global learning event that makes it possible for students to travel the world virtually and connect beyond the classroom. This year the mission of Skype-a-Thon is to open hearts and minds by connecting through topics that matter.

On Nov 13-14, your students can travel the world for 48 hours of global learning. For every 400 virtual miles traveled, Microsoft and @WEMovement will provide school resources for a child in need.

An activity plan has been created to help you plan your Skype-a-Thon experience. Check out the teacher toolkit which includes digital passports, stickers, posters, and more!


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Flipgrid + Skype in the Classroom

Flipgrid is the perfect place to engage and immerse students in collaborative learning experiences before and after your live Skype event. If you’re connecting with an expert or participating in a virtual field trip, create a Grid and ask students to post questions and wonderings for your guest ahead of time. After your Skype call, create a Flipgrid Topic for students to reflect on the experience.

If you’re participating in Skype-a-Thon or using Skype to connect with another classroom on your own schedule, Flipgrid is a great way to seed relationships and continue the conversation! You can even add your Skype username to your Flipgrid profile, making the combo of Flipgrid #GridPals and Skype in the Classroom easier than ever! Here are a few Disco Library Topics, created by our Educator Innovation Leads, that you can use before Skype-a-Thon or any Skype connection:

1️⃣💬When I Grow Up!
2️⃣🤲Helping Others
3️⃣🏡Our Home

We cannot wait to connect with your students during Skype-a-Thon, and we hope you have a blast as you travel around the world connecting with other classrooms and experts, earning digital miles to support quality education for children everywhere!