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Skype makes Group Video Calling free to educators

Skype has announced its Group Video Calling feature, a feature that allows users to connect via Webcam with up to 10 parties and previously available only to paid Skype Premium subscribers, will now be available free both new and existing members of Skype in the Classroom.

“We know that by adding free Group Video Calling for registered teachers, we will continue to help support innovation in classrooms around the world and enable students to take part in extraordinary learning experiences. Students in Quebec can practice their Spanish by talking with classes in Madrid and Mexico City; science classes in San Francisco, California, Chicago, Illinois and Burlington, Vermont can share their projects with each other live; students in Fort Worth, Texas can interview a Park Ranger about wildlife conservation together with a pen-pal class in the UK.The possibilities are truly endless” Skype CMO Elisa Steele said in a prepared statement.

Skype in the Classroom, launched in March of last year as a free service that provides resources and tools that teachers can use in their classrooms, includes partners such as Penguin Books, LitWorld, Random House Children’s UK, Macmillian Children’s Books, and others.

Check out Skype’s blog post with instructions on how to sign up here.