Cynical students swayed by Skype in the classroom’s virtual voyage underwater

A few months ago, teacher Katy Hardman took her 11- to 18-year-old science students on a deep-sea mission – all from the seats in their classroom at Kingsmead School in London, thanks to help from Skype in the classroom.

The students followed along as they virtually traveled 65 feet down, where Fabien Cousteau and his crew of aquanauts were stationed off the coast of Key Largo, Florida, for Mission 31, to live underwater for 31 days. “Although my students live in London, many of them rarely leave their local borough of Enfield,” Hardman writes in a guest blog post.

When her students walked into the classroom that day, and “saw through the window of an underwater laboratory, scores of fish floating by, some of them were doubtful that what they were seeing was real,” she writes. One of her more cynical students said to others: “That window is definitely a screensaver.”

But that cynicism quickly turned to awe. “That day, Skype transformed my classroom into an underwater science laboratory,” Hardman writes. “To learn more about how Skype can help you teach your students about the world, Skype in the classroom is free, easy and takes just a few minutes to join. It’s also worth following #SkypeAtoZ on Twitter, to catch up on 26 days of lesson-inspiring stories and tips, from A to Z, as we go back-to-school with @SkypeClassroom!”

To read Hardman’s entire post, head over to the Skype Social Good blog.

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff