This month sees the return of the global #Skypeathon, taking place between on November 29th and 30th, connecting classrooms and students from all over the world as together they travel millions of virtual miles to take part in Skype Lessons, Mystery Skype, Virtual Field Trips, and to hear from guest speakers.
But before then, teachers yet to use Skype in the Classroom have a great opportunity to familiarise themselves with this hugely popular learning tool through a Professional Development Webinar, which is our focus for this week's MEC Monday blog post.
Microsoft Educator Community: Skype in the Classroom Professional Development Webinar - 16th November
Learn how to get started with Skype in the Classroom
Break down the walls of your classroom and bring a world of live learning and adventures in via Skype! The Skype Master Teacher & MIE Expert Jed Dearybury will be talking through how to get started and general advice on how your students can get the most out of it.
Who is Jed Dearybury?
Jed Dearybury is a Skype Master Teacher and MIE Expert from South Carolina (USA). In his 13 years as a classroom teacher, Dearybury taught 1st grade for 5 years, 2nd for 7years, and 3rd for 1 year in Spartanburg School District 6 in South Carolina.
While teaching in District 6, Dearybury truly made a mark. Selected as their District Teacher of the Year in 2014, he went on to become a SC Honor Roll teacher as he was named one of the Top 5 Teachers in South Carolina. That same year, he was received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, which earned him a trip to The White House to meet President Obama.
Jed gives his top 10 reasons to use Skype in your classroom in this Sway:
You can learn more about the webinar and register for it via the Microsoft Educator Community.
If you aren't yet a member of the MEC, then it is free and easy to do so. Just head to education.microsoft.com and click on the ‘JOIN NOW’ button in the top right hand corner to get started.
If you've missed any previous posts in our MEC Monday series, we have so far covered: