Governor and Lt. Governor encourage classrooms to “Skype Your School!”

August 13, 2012

Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds used the administration’s weekly news conference today to encourage Iowa classrooms to “Skype Your School!” as students begin heading back to school this month.

The governor and lieutenant governor have both participated in numerous Skype classroom interviews throughout the state, and wanted to ensure all Iowa schools were aware that they had the same opportunity.

To request a “Skype Your School!” classroom chat, teachers, administrators and students are encouraged to click on the featured image at http://Governor.Iowa.Gov, request a “Skype Your School” event in the comments section on and, or to use the #SkypeYourSchool hash tag on Twitter.

“We are excited to connect with students throughout Iowa,” said Gov. Branstad via a Skype feed at the administration’s weekly news conference. “As we work every day to give these students a world-class education, we believe it is important for them to be engaged with their elected leaders.”

Lt. Gov. Reynolds, who co-chairs the governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math initiative, says it’s important for state officials to take the lead in advancing and promoting technology.

“We are excited to partner with Iowa’s schools by utilizing a relatively new technology that is becoming more and more available to the general public,” said Reynolds via the same Skype feed. “We want students to be excited about technology and learning about civics and government, and we hope our participation helps raise their interest level.