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One final big day out – a 12-hour learnathon over Skype

Singing the national anthem with fellow students over Skype

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr On Tuesday July 12th 2016 Sandfields Comprehensive School in South Wales, UK embarked on their first—and last—12-hour Skype learnathon. Last because the school as we know it is closing its doors this month … Read more

“Grannies” go global: Skype helps connect students and e-mediators

One of the Grannies reads to children

A couple of years ago, we introduced you to the School in the Cloud, a global experiment in self-organized learning. The School in the Cloud allows children from all social backgrounds and circumstances to engage and connect with information and the Big Questions through interaction with the “Grannies”—a group of 100 active e-mediators. We recently … Read more

Sharks4Kids and Skype in the Classroom celebrate World Oceans Day

A very hands on approach to learning about sharks

Today, in celebration of World Oceans Day, we have caught up with Jillian Morris from Sharks4Kids to find out about the ingenious way they’ve used Skype in the Classroom to connect to over 40,000 students since 2013, and educate them about the importance of sharks in the balance of the oceans’ ecosystems. OK, so when … Read more

Celebrate World Oceans Day with Skype and GoNoodle

Celebrating World Oceans Day with Skype in the Classroom

Skype in the Classroom is making waves this World Oceans Day with a big announcement: we’re teaming up with our friends at GoNoodle for a LIVE underwater adventure all about keeping our oceans healthy. GoNoodle is a program that gets kids moving to be their strongest, bravest, silliest, smartest selves. Over 500,000 teachers (including many … Read more

Mitahato Teaching Farm: local solutions for global challenges

Students in India created a globe with seeds and veggies

The Mitahato Education and Development Fund (MEDF), founded in April 2013 is the parent organization of the Teaching Farm in Mitahato, Kenya. Their mission to promote sustainable livelihoods and food security for smallholder farmers has grown to impact rural communities both in Kenya and around the world through specific skills training at their ¼ acre … Read more

The Race Against Time: 10 lucky Skype in the Classroom winners

Mark Wood holding the Skype logo

Explorer and educator Mark Wood recently returned from the Arctic after his Race Against Time expedition. We caught up with him to learn more about what he experienced and how he’ll be sharing his learnings with students around the world, over Skype. But before he takes us back to the Arctic, here are the 10 … Read more

Millions of virtual miles travelled with Skype in the Classroom

Classrooms communicating over Skype

Last month, we highlighted various ways teachers and students could celebrate Earth Day and travel thousands of miles virtually via Skype in the Classroom to learn more about conservation, sustainability, and how we can do more to protect our planet. Many teachers took up the opportunity and in April travelled over 2.3 million Skype miles which is … Read more

Teachers and students: meet the Microsofties and share your feedback

Meet the Microsofties: OneNote team

Today we’re taking our mission to empower every student on the planet to achieve more one step further with the launch of our new community effort: Meet the Microsofties. This new program will connect Microsoft employees to students and teachers around the globe through Skype in the Classroom and the Microsoft Educator Community. These virtual … Read more

Around the world in 24 hours with Skype in the Classroom

Map showing which country the Pine Valley students travelled to

Today’s guest blogger is second grade teacher Beverly Ladd from the New Hanover County Schools district in North Carolina. An experienced global educator, Beverly’s firsthand experience as a Skype Master Teacher has shown her how global connections allow students to become more aware of their world and appreciate one another’s differences. This post describes Beverly’s second 24-hour … Read more

Every kid in a park… via Skype

Take a virtual field trip with Skype to Yellowstone National Park

This week is National Park Week in the US, and this year is extra special as it’s the Centennial Year for the National Park Service. Teachers and students from the US and around the world can take virtual field trips to these natural wonders over Skype. Due to location and budgets, most national parks are … Read more

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