“Teachers are increasingly turning to free resources like Skype in the classroom and The Digits to deliver engaging learning experiences for their students,” said Wendy Norman, head of Social Good, Skype division of Microsoft.
Portland, Oregon (PRWEB) September 06, 2013
Web series and edutainment app for 7-to 10-year-olds, The Digits, has partnered with Skype in the classroom to create the world’s first digital music tour. The international tour, called Homework Hotline, will feature music from The Digits’ first album and appearances from special guests including Courtney Taylor-Taylor from the Dandy Warhols, RnB artist Cody ChesnuTT, YouTube star Sunshine Girl, and Indie Rock band The Thermals.
“Teachers are increasingly turning to free resources like Skype in the classroom and The Digits to deliver engaging learning experiences for their students,” said Elisa Steele, Chief Marketing Officer, Skype division of Microsoft. “We are very excited to be partnering with The Digits to help create innovative learning sessions for classrooms and students around the globe.”
“Homework Hotline is a great example of one of the many creative programs our partners have developed to assist teachers in developing lessons that feel fun and special for students,” adds Wendy Norman, Head of Social Good, Skype division of Microsoft.
As part of the Homework Hotline tour, characters from The Digits virtually visit classrooms to teach math, giving teachers segue between the end of summer and the start of school. The tour consists of one 15-minute educational session per classroom, and is available to teachers worldwide.
“I’ve taught in classrooms for 20 years and throughout that time the educational learning sphere has evolved drastically,” said Tabitha Williams, Curriculum Advisor for The Digits. “Children are digesting information at a higher rate and through different means than they did even five years ago. We know that engaging, visual content helps students develop at a higher rate. But with limited resources, it’s hard to find the right balance between traditional and digital. The Digits is a handy resource because it strikes that balance – and it’s free.”
The tour takes place on September 6 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. PST. Teachers can sign up at bitly.com/homeworkhotline for The Digits’ exclusive educational series.
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About The Digits
The Digits is a band from outer space that turns players into learners on their journey to the Intergalactic Battle of the Bands to defeat the evil Doomfinger and ruin his plan to make the universe more stupid! Its characters, alien Gorgolax, human Pavi and robot Ray Ray represent the different ways children learn in the classroom, providing role models that encourage confidence and create excitement around education.
The Digits interactive web series allows children to ask the intergalactic band questions that are then answered in the episodes. Better still, children can create video questions and see themselves onscreen! And, the songs within each episode are all designed to help children learn.
The Digits is distributed via the YouTube for Schools program, FundaWatch and PBS. Users can also download The Digits app through iTunes or Google Play, for free.
About The Digits Album and its World First Digital Music Tour
The Digits is releasing its first album, featuring music from the critically acclaimed series. And to celebrate its launch, The Digits are creating the world’s first digital music tour. Using the Skype in the Classroom program, The Digits will perform 15-minute sessions engaging with classrooms all over the world.
The sessions will consist of a brief, math based game, its curriculum targeted at 7-to 10-year-olds (U.S. 2nd-4th grade) as well as a song from the album, performed by The Digits and special guest stars. Special guests stars including Ron Chan, Soman Chainani, Rodney Anonymous, Emily V. Gordon and Jonathan Coulton are featured on the album as the "askers" of the Homework Hotline.