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A free global community for K-12 educators, Skype in the Classroom (SITC) allows teachers and their students to connect with educational experts and other classrooms worldwide for global learning and collaboration. In addition to helping educators find and schedule live Skype connections that align to the topics their class is studying, the community also hosts educational classroom broadcast and live chat events with special guests.
Skype in the Classroom broadcast experiences require a high level of control and moderation capabilities. After using Engage during the annual “Skype-a-Thon” and realizing its many capabilities, using Engage for Skype in the Classroom experiences seemed like the perfect fit.
When Skype in the Classroom hosts a virtual event they are often with well-known luminaries such as authors and computer scientists. With a huge classroom demand for interaction with the special guest and thousands of questions coming in from students, this can make management of these live experiences a challenge.
Using Engage, SITC is able to host and moderate a live chat feed that enables students to ask questions. During their most recent events, as many as 12,000 questions and comments came in from classrooms watching.
SITC’s team can use Engage’s built-in moderation tools to ensure that only screened questions and comments are posted through to the classes watching —a huge win when considering the number of children watching the event feeds live.
Skype in the Classroom also uses Engage pinboards to curate and celebrate the amazing tweets and posts that classrooms share during events such as the annual Skype-a-Thon, Earth Month activities, and literacy celebrations for World Read Aloud Day.