Skype realizes full well its software is used by many school teachers and students from around the globe, and today announced that it has built a dedicated social network to help them connect, collaborate and exchange knowledge and teaching resources over the Web.
This morning, the company launched a free international community site dubbed Skype in the Classroom, an online platform designed to help teachers find each other and relevant projects according to search criteria such as the age groups they teach, location and subjects of interest.
The platform, which has been in beta since the end of December, already has a community of more than 4,000 teachers, across 99 countries.
Teachers need only sign up with their Skype account at the website, create a profile with their interests, location and the age groups they teach and start connecting with other teachers by exploring the directory, where they can also find projects and resources that match their skills, needs or interests.
A members-only community, Skype in the Classroom lets teachers easily add each other to their Skype contact lists or message one another.
It’s a wonderful idea, and I sincerely hope it takes off (without hurting but instead hopefully inspiring many of the existing social networks and collaboration networks for teachers).