Wednesday Web: Skype

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Skype, the Microsoft-owned service that lets users connect for voice or video chats free of charge through any internet-enabled device, has teamed up with Penguin Group, New York Philharmonic, the Science Museum of London, Peace One Day, and Save the Children to provide teachers with educational content and access to expert speakers.

Through these new partnerships…

• Penguin Young Readers Group will connect authors with students for discussions about books, reading, and writing;
• The New York Philharmonic will offer live interaction with musicians and educators, beginning with an exploration of Billy the Kid through the lens of Aaron Copland’s 1939 ballet; and
•  Registered teachers have the opportunity to link directly to the free Skype-supported Peace One Day Global Education Resources and to educate their students about the importance of peace. Students also can connect with Peace One Day Founder Jeremy Gilley and listen to his inspirational story, questioning him on all aspects of his journey to institutionalize Peace Day on Sept. 21.
Save the Children and the Science Museum of London will have individual projects on Skype in the classroom by the end of the year.

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