Skype brings children from California and New Zealand together for a special meeting

Oct 25, 2013

It’s not every day that children from a classroom in California and those from another in Auckland, New Zealand get to talk to each other, really talk, all while seeing each other’s shy smiles. But that’s the power of Skype, and it was used recently to bring the two groups together.

In this charming video (above), “the kids are learning about each other’s culture, not by reading about it, but by speaking directly with one another,” writes Andrew Schmidt on Skype’s Social Good Blog. The students shared how they each do earthquake drill exercises, as well as showing their country’s flags and singing their national anthems.

Alison Murdock, a student in Jill Croft’s fifth-grade class at Covington Elementary School in Los Altos, Calif., excitedly explained why she liked the experience.

“In their time zone, they’re actually so much ahead of us – they’re a day ahead of us, today is Wednesday for them, but it’s Tuesday for us – and it’s definitely talking to people in the future because they’re farther into their life than us.”

To read more, head over to Skype’s Social Good Blog.

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Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff

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