Make Purposeful Connections

It’s important for our students to learn to connect with experts and others around our country or around the world. Here are some easy ways to make those connections purposeful:

Skype in the Classroom offers many opportunities to connect students. November 13/14 is the Skype-a-thon. Skype in the Classroom’s site says:  “Nearly half a million students, teachers, and guest experts will connect via Skype to see how many virtual miles we can travel around the world in 48 hours. Our mission is to open hearts and minds by raising awareness of different cultures, values, and perspective, and to help support a quality education for thousands of student around the world.”

December 3-9 is Hour of Code week – Skype is partnering with Code.org, to host a week of free 30-minute classroom broadcasts and live Q&A with professionals who use code to create amazing things. If you can’t join live, then register for the sessions you’re interested in and they’ll send you the on-demand versions.

In February, Skype in the Classroom celebrates literacy globally in honor of World Read Aloud Day, World Book Day and throughout the year, working with hundreds of guest speakers, including authors, illustrators, and literacy partners. The goal is to inspire students to grow up as readers and become engaged citizens of the global world.”

If you are a FlipGrid fan, have your students make friends and virtual “pen pals” by joining #GridPals. Read more about this opportunity on the FlipGrid blog!

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