Today is World Wild Life Day, a time to remember, reflect and experience wild animal or more importantly, a day “to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants.” However, not everyone has access to a Safari or the San Diego Zoo in their backyard, so to commemorate this day, Skype in the Classroom is bringing the animals to your class. In collaboration with the World Wild Life Organization, the theme for this year is, “The future of wildlife is in our hands.”
Knowing that Microsoft’s Skype application is available on almost all platforms, accessing video feed can literally be in our hands. To experience World Wild Life day you can join in on a Skype Virtual Field Trip or Skype Lesson, to experience animals you may never get to see in person and gain valuable knowledge on different species.. Take a look at some experiences available today:
- Visit Norbert, a 10-Month old penguin at the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds.
- Check out a sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica.
- Talk to a LionAid about Africa’s sharp decline in Lion population and the things you can do to help.
- Engage with Jennifer Nolan, writer and conservationist, about the different species of sea turtles and helping to protect them.
- Learn from elephant handlers at the Center for Elephant Conservation, about these intelligent animals and ways you can help in preserving their species.
Skype in the Classroom is a tool Microsoft uses to help educators engage in world events and subjects, with the students from the comfort of their classroom. Using the power of Skype, can participate in subjects, such as wildlife, with professionals in the field and gain insight into ways you can help contribute to their cause and gain valuable knowledge on the different areas of wildlife. What benefit to educators curriculum do you think Skype in the Classroom offers? Let us know in the comments.Further reading: Microsoft, Skype, Skype in the Classroom, wildlife