Skype-a-Thon 2018: Join Skype-a-thon this November and help students in WE’s partner communities around the world

Skype-a-Thon 2018 is a 48-hour global learning event that brings classrooms together globally, using Skype to not only deepen students’ understanding of the world beyond their classroom walls, but to help them become global citizens.

According to Anthony Salcito from Microsoft education, an estimated half a million students from over 100 countries will connect during Skype-a-Thon on November 13th and 14th.

This year will be supporting 2 schools in Nigeria to participate in this year special edition of Skype-a-Thon. The Skype-a-Thon program entails participating classrooms traveling “virtual miles” via Skype to talk to thousands of volunteer guest speakers about topics like conservation, history, animals, computer science, and more, or to simply share in song and dance, games, reading, stories, and virtual field trips.

This year Skype-a-Thon is a special edition because Microsoft is partnering with the non-profit organisation WE for Skype-a-Thon 2018 to help support access to quality education for children around the world. For every 400 virtual miles travelled by Skype-a-Thon participants, Microsoft will donate to WE, an organization that makes doing well doable. WE Schools, a free service-learning program, helps students domestically and WE Villages, a holistic, sustainable international development model, helps students internationally. By getting your students involve in this year Skype-a-Thon, your school will be making a global difference by helping students from WE target communities.

Skype-a-Thon 2018

The goal is to get 14 million virtual miles travel which equates to having up to 35,000 students across WE villages and partner communities. The WE Village’s Education pillar is to provide access to education for children overseas and support UN Sustainable Development Goal #4 – Quality Education which we also support here in

Donations gotten from Skype-a-Thon 2018 will be tailored to each WE target village’s unique needs, funding everything from construction of new classrooms and libraries, to school supplies, to teacher training.

Participating in the Skype-a-Thon 2018 is a strategic way in which teachers and schools can teach their students empathy and compassion

How to get started? will like to help your school participate this year with the following process

  1. Registration into the Skype-A-Thon program
  2. Skype-a-Thon Step by Step Activity Guide
  3. Schedule Skype calls with other classrooms or guest speakers. This is how your miles can be counted
  4. Get the Skype-A-Thon Teacher tool kit filled with resources for your classroom from passports, certificates, posters, social media examples, and activities to track your miles and the impact each of your connections made to the world.
  5. Share your plans and goals with the Skype in the Classroom
  6. community before and after the event

Here is what Amy Rosenstein from Ardsley, New York, Westchester County NY School District, a 3rd grade teacher have to say about this year’s Skype-a-Thon

“Skype-a-Thon is a huge highlight each school year for my third graders!  This year, in addition to adding up our miles to places like Antarctica, India and more, we’ll be directly helping kids around the world support UN SDG #4 Quality Education. My class is going to try to travel 10,000 virtual miles so we can help 25 children in need in WE Villages! Having teachers come together to #TeachSDGs through the #skypeathon is a major step in helping to improve our world.” 

– Amy Rosenstein, 3rd grade teacher, Ardsley, New York, Westchester County NY School District

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Bunmi Eyiaro

Bunmi is interested in Education Technology and preparing students in careers and skills of the 21st century and the future. She is a proud supporter of SDG goals #4 "Quality Education for all". She tutors students in topics they find challenging and also a teacher trainer.

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