Skype Supports Education as Well
Article by George Norman
On 31 Mar 2011
Earlier this week we were reporting that Redmond-based software giant Microsoft is supporting education with Windows Multipoint Server 2011. Thanks to this application, up to 20 students can share be plugged to a host computer – twenty workstations, one computer. Microsoft said that by using Windows Multipoint Server 2011 schools can cut costs but not having to purchase multiple computers.

“The most important thing Windows MultiPoint Server does is dramatically drive down the cost of getting computing access into the classroom for students,” said Principal Product Unit Manager for Windows MultiPoint Server, Dean Paron.” If a school cannot afford one PC for each student, you can get one computer and share it across several students.”

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Today we have to report that Skype supports education as well; Skype is doing this by connecting teachers and classrooms across the globe. The company has released Skype in the classroom, an online tool that lets teachers and students connect with other teachers and students anywhere in the world. Skype in the classroom is a new online platform that allows teachers and students to find each other for collaborative projects and shared learning.

Skype in the classroom has been in Beta since the end of December.

Jacqueline Botterill, PR Manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and also responsible for communicating Skype’s CSR activities, explained that Skype in the classroom is used by more than 3900 teachers and educators from 99 different countries. The online platform is useful if for the following:
  • Search for a teacher, resource or project by location, map or keyword.
  • Showcase projects you want to carry out and post details of the kind of partner you are looking for, and find projects to participate in.
  • Share and find resources, ideas, information and advice.

"Skype is committed to removing the barriers to communications and enabling conversations around the world with technology that is easy to use and affordable," said Tony Bates, Skype Chief Executive Officer. "Skype in the classroom has been developed for a specific community of people who have a shared interest and are passionate about using technology in inventive ways in their classroom. We've received positive feedback from teachers and are keen to continue developing the site to meet their needs and help school children around the world work together in wonderful ways never thought possible."



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