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

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

This is actually me swimming with a whale shark!

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

Skype in the Classroom and the Extraordinary Lesson

Cierra Holder, the guest author of this blog, is a sophomore at Lake Stevens High School in Washington State, USA. She is actively involved in the school band and loves writing and drawing.  The day began with an ensemble of strange adults in room 426. Students walked by the open doorway with quizzical looks and … Read more

The Buzz from the Scripps National Spelling Bee

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This week marks the 87th annual Scripps Spelling Bee, and I get a bit nostalgic as I think back to my own memories of “Bee Week.” I’m a former Bee contestant, having competed in the National Spelling Bee in 1998 and 1999 when I was in middle school. Now I’m a program manager on the … Read more

Skype Across the Frozen Oceans

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Expedition educator Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop has a passion for education and ocean science. A former school teacher, he founded the Digital Explorer program to bring his two loves together by sharing his expeditions in the Frozen Oceans with classrooms across the globe using technology. Jamie’s passion for being out on the ocean is palpable as he describes the remote region … Read more

Skype Supports Clinton Foundation to Empower Girls and Young Women

Skype in the Classroom gives students a chance to participate in transformative learning experiences by virtually connecting with guest speakers and other classrooms around the globe.  Without leaving the walls of their school, students enjoy the diversity of cultural exchange, discussing in real time how global issues are impacting our world.  On April 17, four … Read more

Students Stand Atop Glacier Through Skype

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Eyjafjallajökull is the most complex name that you may just recognize. If it does ring a bell, that’s because it’s the ice-capped volcano that erupted in Iceland in 2010, shutting down air traffic across Europe and stranding millions of passengers worldwide.   Students from the US and UK recently visited the glacier atop the infamous volcano and saw, with their own eyes, how the ice is … Read more

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