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Discover how Skype is helping change the world with technology and connecting teachers and classrooms across the globe

Skype in the Classroom Teacher takes students on an inter-planetary field trip

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Erik McFarland is an 8th grade science teacher and recently took his students on the trip of a lifetime with Skype in the Classroom. Here is his story. I had the wonderful opportunity to do research at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California as part of a program that gave teachers scientific research experience. … Read more

Tyson Mayr: Making the world smaller with Skype

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Moment Maker Tyson Mayr uses Skype to bring RainCatcher sponsors and recipients to each other’s doorsteps, regardless of where the sponsors are in the world. RainCatcher provides safe drinking water those who need it – a staggering 1.1 billion people worldwide do not have clean water access. As the Chief Charity Ambassador for RainCatcher, Tyson … Read more

HopeCam helps Leukemia patients fight loneliness with Skype

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Matt Forkas stared in the mirror but couldn’t recognize the bald, puffy, worn-out face looking back at him. However, when Matt looked into his web cam for the first time – his classmates on the other side didn’t see the bald, puffy, unfamiliar face that Matt saw – they saw their nine-year old friend bravely … Read more

Enriching the minds of Kibera’s youth through Skype

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Most people wouldn’t expect a class of students  in the heart of Kibera – Africa’s largest slum in Nairobi, Kenya – to travel the world. But with Skype, my class and I have become global virtual travelers . We do this every day using only a laptop and an unpredictable internet connection. Since discovering Skype in … Read more

Fueling a passion for learning through Skype in the classroom

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Stumbling upon Skype in the classroom last year transformed my classroom. It flipped my teaching style on its head, blasted the walls of my classroom away, and enabled my students to stamp their digital footprints across the globe. It made me rethink what was possible in the classroom and ignited a passion for learning in … Read more

Fabien Cousteau takes North London students on a dive in the North Atlantic 

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The beauty of Skype in the classroom is that it truly takes the world and puts it into my students’ reach.  Although my students live in London, many of them rarely leave their local borough of Enfield. And some have no recollection of ever doing so. I find that school trips are tough to organise … Read more

Making classroom magic with Mystery Skype

The magic of Mystery Skype can be discovered in a myriad of ways.  Sometimes you don’t even see the trick; it just manifests itself right before your eyes. Allow me to share an example from my 5th grade classroom. Before Mystery Skype my students never considered themselves or their lives to be of much interest … Read more

Dive in to Skype in the classroom

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Just over a year ago I discovered that Skype could transform my classroom and not just help keep me in touch with my brother. Inspiring my students by introducing them to others around the globe and encouraging them to be curious about the world has had an amazing unintended consequence; I myself became more curious … Read more

Classrooms Become a Virtual Fish Tank with Fabien Cousteau

Fabien Cousteau, world-famous oceanographic explorer, is making history with his Mission 31 exploration, and giving thousands of students around the world the ultimate field trip through Skype in the classroom. Fabien’s latest exploration pays homage to his grandfather, Jacques Cousteau, and the successful attempt at saturation diving during at 30-day living experiment in the Red … Read more

Introducing the 2014 Imagine Cup “Skype Award” Winners

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The Imagine Cup motto is: “Dream it. Build it. Live it.” For the past twelve years the world’s premier student technology competition, Imagine Cup, a Microsoft YouthSpark program has cultivated a spirit of entrepreneurialism and innovation.To date, over 1.75 million students from more than 190 countries have participated. This year, Microsoft introduced the Skype Award … Read more

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