Skype Activity Encouraging Learning without Borders
Microsoft is encouraging teachers and students to celebrate global learning by joining the Skype-a-Thon mission to travel 3 million miles over Skype on November 29 and 30. Participation involves three easy steps: (1) Register for the Microsoft Educator Community. From there, set up your profile with your call availability and let other classrooms know you’re participating. (2) Find a classroom or expert to connect with over Skype on November 29 and 30. The site suggests ways to connect with classrooms around the globe during this year’s Skype-a-Thon, ranging from playing Mystery Skype to taking a virtual field trip or hearing from a guest speaker. (3) After selecting a Skype-a-Thon activity, schedule a time between November 29 and 30 to connect. For more information, check out the Skype-a-Thon Quick Start Guide. After the event, post a creative photo on Twitter showing the distance your class traveled. Tag the photo with #skypeathon so everyone can see how your call helped reach the goal of 3 million virtual miles.
Civilisations AR, an iOS app from the BBC, gives students an unprecedented look at 30 artifacts from around the globe—for example, the Rosetta Stone from the British Museum; an Egyptian mummy from the Torquay Museum in Devon, England; and Rodin’s The Kiss from the National Museum of Wales.
The ProjectCSGIRLS competition encourages girls to develop projects that disrupt the present in a positive way. The contest’s aim is to create a community of creative, talented, and confident young women building the technologies that will shape the future.
The Comparative Constitutions Project (CCP) launched Constitutein collaboration with Google Ideas in 2013. Accessible in English, Spanish, and Arabic, Constitute is an online environment to read, search, and compare the world’s constitutions.