Christel House part of Skype-a-Thon

2018-11-20 06:01
Christel House South Africa in Ottery was the only school in South Africa selected to be part of Microsoft’s annual Skype-a-Thon.

Christel House South Africa in Ottery was the only school in South Africa selected to be part of Microsoft’s annual Skype-a-Thon.

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Microsoft held their annual 48-hour international Skype-a-Thon on Wednesday 14 November.
The event aims to connect nearly half a million students, teachers and guest experts from around the world using “Skype in the Classroom”.

Christel House South Africa in Ottery was the only school in South Africa selected to be part of the two-day online conversation.

“As one of the only Microsoft showcase schools in the Western Cape, with students recruited from Quintile 1 areas, Christel House South Africa embraced the opportunity to participate in this worldwide virtual event,” says Christel House South Africa’s Kristen Goezaar.

“Connecting live with Skype-a-Thon host and vice-president of education at Microsoft in the United States, Anthony Salcito, students shared a glimpse of South African diversity through traditional African song and dance.

“Students also enjoyed the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with Salcito, leaving inspired to maximise on their tech-savvy learning environments at Christel House,” says Goezaar.

This annual event is aimed at raising awareness of different cultures, values and perspectives, and supports a quality education for children in need around the world.

The telecommunications application tool offers live educational experiences for students including virtual field trips, classroom-to-classroom connections, and live collaboration projects.

V Individuals and companies wishing to partner and get involved with Christel House can contact Kristen Goezaar on 021 704 9417 or at kgoezaar@sa.christelhouse.org, or visit http://southafrica.christelhouse.­org/.

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