This is either a really cool online learning initiative, or the beginning of a global conspiracy to completely outsource teaching.
Skype in the Classroom has a goal of connecting 1 million teachers with teachers. Teachers can sign up and create teaching profiles that describe their classes and learning interests – and search through a directory of teachers by student age range, language and learning subjects.
A classroom in Chicago can chat with students in Chile. Boston to Barcelona. Even cities without shared alliteration.
Imagine a teacher taking advantage of resources bigger than their individual minds. My favorite part about this? Skype is doing this just because it’s awesome. Not because there’s a big profit motivation behind it.