This is kind of cool: Skype just officially launched a network dedicated to teachers, called Skype in the Classroom.
Teachers have been using Skype’s free videoconferencing software to bring experts to class, connect foreign-language students to native speakers, and hold virtual field trips since the service began in 2003. But it hasn’t always been easy to find other teachers to connect with.
The new network allows users to post and search for projects to collaborate on and find other teachers by location on a map.
Skype in the Classroom began beta testing in December 2010 and, as of now, the site shows that more than 4,700 teachers have already signed up.
Does this fill a need for you? If you weren’t using Skype already, any chance you’ll use it now?
A version of this news article first appeared in the Teaching Now blog.