The annual Skypeathon gets bigger, better and more global each year. The dates for 2018 are Tuesday, November 13th and Wednesday 14th. The theme this year is “Open Hearts, Open Minds”.
I like the quote from this tweet from Microsoft in Education, Canada re “it is a live-learning marathon”.
Skype-a-Thon takes off in just a few days! Join the worldwide live-learning marathon, and connect with teachers around the world. Schedule your calls here: https://t.co/gGAhYsiYrf#SkypeAThon pic.twitter.com/Uz3Cr8gItw
— Microsoft in Education Canada (@MicrosoftEduCA) November 10, 2018
The following tweet provides more details about the social goals for this year’s Skypeathon.
Your #skypeathon calls will help support the UN’s SDG 4: Quality Education. For every 400 virtual miles traveled, #MicrosoftEDU will donate the essential school resources that help unlock a child’s learning potential. Get involved today! #TeachSDGs https://t.co/BW0LlGowrX pic.twitter.com/TsTX8ACvJ5
— Microsoft Education (@MicrosoftEDU) November 7, 2018
You can learn more by visiting the Skypeathon site Follow the steps to request mystery skype calls. There is an activity plan to organize your calls or digital passports, stickers and posters etc to be had. If you follow the #skypeathon hashtag on twitter, there are opportunities for organic or unplanned connections with people who are looking for partners. However, for the miles to be recorded, please request a mystery skype call at the planned time.
Already planned Skype calls for my classes include the following countries
- USA (students are either sleeping over or staying back after school)
Some of these involve live cultural or muscial performances, some are mystery skype calls and some are short sharing session. One is a connection with Microsoft manager talking about digital technology to my year 9/10 computer class. Are you going to be involved and if so, who will you connect with.