DigCompEdu Competence area

5.3 Actively engaging learners

Progression Level

Explorer (A2)

Minimum digital skills level of Students


Minimum digital skills level of Educators


Learning/Teaching situation

In Class live link to a classroom in a different country.

Target group

All ages.


  • PC/laptop/smartphome
  • Internet connection
  • A projector or a large screen
  • A Skype for Classroom group


Connect live to anywhere in the world! Meet students studying the same subject, exchange cultural dialogue or practice a new language.
Skype in the Classroom is an online community that enables thousands of teachers to inspire the next generation of global citizens through transformative learning over Skype. You can connect your students with other classrooms around the world and collaborate on projects or one-off calls, invite an expert to talk to your students over Skype or take a virtual tour.

Benefit for educators:
Interactive teaching

Benefit of tool implementation for learners:
Actively engaging learners
Helps to tutors engage with their learners to create and discuss interesting content

How to do it (step by step)

Step 1

 Register and create a profile on the Microsoft Educator Community.

Step 2

Create a Skype for Classroom account.

Step 3

 Take the introductory course for Skype for Classroom.

Step 4

Request a Skype activity to network and create link with suitable Skype group or class/school.

Step 5

Introductory activities in your class prior to Skype event could include research tasks about the country; language and vocabulary practice; preparation of a song to share; presentation about the students/school/area/country to share.

There is more…

Develop further learning activities by:

  • Linking pen pals
  • Arranging follow up class skype meets
  • Explore the partner country by virtual tours to historic sites and museums.
  • Link with other areas of curriculum; art, performing arts, history.


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