Microsoft prepares 2nd annual Skype-a-thon, will connect thousands of school classes across borders

Last year, Microsoft pushed Skype in the Classroom to the next level by holding its first ever global education Skype-a-thon, a two days event which gave the chance to educators and pupils from all over the world to connect with each other through online video meetings.

The initiative is coming back this November 29-30th, and Microsoft has just published a blog post to express its ambition to make this year’s Skype-a-thon reach much bigger momentum:

For this year, we’re going even bigger. On 29-30 November, we’re joining teachers, classes, and experts in travelling three million miles over Skype. There will be field trips, guest lectures, and classrooms celebrating together in Europe and around the world! Classes will also take part in international rounds of the Mystery Skype game. To win, they must ask geography questions to figure out which country the other class is from.

To participate, educators will have to sign up on the Microsoft Educator Community website and complete the Skype in the Classroom section on their profile. Once it’s done, educators will be able to explore all the Skype activities planned during the two days event and filter by availability of their class.

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Do you think education Skype-a-thons are an interesting way to celebrate global learning?