Attention early adopter teachers! Did you know Skype is rolling out an education-centric version of their videoconferencing software? The hot new service is now accepting pre-registrations so be sure to hop over there immediately. It’s free and could be the beginning of something big for distance education around the world.
Skype Education will be like the Khan Academy except instead of one teacher there will be thousands. It’s like Twitter with videoconferencing and live lessons! Here’s the skinny from Skype:
Skype Education is a free directory that connects teachers and helps them use Skype to enrich students’ educational experience.
There are lots of teachers out there doing amazing things with Skype. But many of them say their biggest obstacle is finding other teachers and classes to connect with.
We’re developing a free online directory to make it easy for teachers to connect with other teachers and resources from around the world. The directory will launch in December in English only.
Once you sign up with your Skype account and create a profile, you’ll be able to search for other teachers and classes by subject and region. You can also share inspiration and tips to help kids learn with Skype.
From today teachers can request an invitation to use the beta version of the directory. If you’re a teacher and you would like to be among the first to use Skype in the classroom, provide your email address and we’ll send you an invitation.