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I received the following press release today that I thought I'd share: 

In celebration of World Teacher's Day on Friday, we're taking one more step to help make kids' dreams become more of a reality. We're excited to announce that we're adding eight fantastic organizations to Skype in the classroom: NASA's Digital Learning Network™The National Museum of the Royal Navy and HMS Victory,British CouncilWoodland TrustVerbalizeItAction AidEducation through Expedition and Choose2Matter. These organizations will join our many existing affiliates to help enrich the educational experiences of teachers and students worldwide.

 

These new organizations will join more than 38,000 teachers already working together on 1,800 global educational projects.   Here’s a preview of what projects they have planned to enrich students’ learning experiences:

 

  • NASA’s Digital Learning Center will feature various projects where students can learn how to prepare a space vehicle for liftoff, help scientists and engineers to explore the basic principles of matter and design their own spacesuit mission patch.  Participating classrooms will also discover what it is like to live and work in space as well as being introduced to basic robotics.

 

  • The National Museum of the Royal Navy and HMS Victory will give classes an exclusive mini-tour of the HMS Victory Ship, taking students aboardAdmiral Nelson’s cabin, onto the quarter deck and allowing them to see and discuss rare artifacts relating to the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

 

  • British Council will help drive connections and exchanges between schools in developing countries and the rest of the world.

 

  • Woodland Trust will provide tips on both pre- and post-care for 17,500 tree planting packs sent out to schools and groups around the UK and will also help schools learn about deciduous and evergreen trees.

 

  • Education through Expedition will be taking classes along for a virtual journey to Iceland to teach them about this region, offering the youngest member of the Arctic Jubilee Expedition Oli Milroy as a guest speaker.

 

  • Choose2Matter is asking schools and teachers to share examples of creative ways of learning with one another.

 

Teachers can take advantage of these valuable resources by signing up for free on the Skype in the classroom website. Once registered, educators will be able to explore the Skype in the classroom collaboration spaces, access a variety of content from these organizations, learn about new and exciting ways to utilize Skype video calling in their schools and connect their students with a global selection of guest experts.   Please visit http://education.skype.com for more information.

 

Additionally, Skype recently announced its new campaign, Skype for Peace, with its long-time partnership with Peace One Day; the organization responsible for establishing September 21 as Peace Day (recognized by a UN resolution) and working every day to make measureable impact in promoting non-violence in all its forms.  Skype for Peace is a global crowdfunding initiative to fully institute a Global Education Resource to all teachers around the world. This resource includes 15 interactive lessons promoting intercultural co-operation, global citizenship, and non-violence. It is currently used by over 10,000 teachers in 197 countries. More information can be found at www.skypeforpeace.org

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