Welcome to the Around the World with 80 Schools blog.
Around the World with 80 Schools started in January 2009 and is an ongoing project.
In order to join you have to be directly involved with students (Pre-K-16, Adult Language Learners, etc.). This is NOT the platform for you, if you are charging a fee in order to skype with students.
Become a member by creating an account, so you can contact other members (or viceversa) in order to coordinate a Skype connection.
Also consider creating a blog on AroundTheWorldwith80Schools.net to document your connections and to be part of a group of educators who are interested in seeing how exactly video conferencing is impacting student learning.
The challenge is to connect your students with 80 schools from around the world via Skype (a free video conferencing tool).
Once completed, you will be inducted into the Hall of Fame of “Skyping Certified Educator”
So make sure you keep documentation of your connections (for example as blog posts).
It is up to you how regularly and for how long you connect with your Skype partners. The only requirement to count as a “connection” is that you are connecting your students with another school anywhere in the world.
While it will take some participants a few months to complete the challenge, it might take others several years and different student groups to connect with 80 schools. There is no time limit nor pressure to make a certain amount of Skype connections in a given time period.
You are welcome to join with your students at any time. There is no grade nor subject area limitations.