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

Celebrating Veterans Day with Skype in the Classroom

Veterans Day

With Veterans Day celebrations coming up tomorrow, most schools around the U.S. have been studying American military history. Today, we’d like to highlight a few original and interactive resources available to all teachers and classrooms on our newly redesigned Skype in the Classroom portal. Learn about the history of Veterans Day with these downloadable lesson … Read more

Helping kids with cancer stay connected to the world

Skype video call

Isolation. Of the side-effects related to cancer, it’s one most people don’t consider. And when the patient is a child, it puts their emotional development at stake as well. The consistent medical tests, treatments, and bed-rest can disrupt a school-going schedule for months, making it hard for a child to keep up with studies or … Read more

Skype Partners with Hearts on Fire to Inspire A New Generation of Global Citizens

Skype in the Classroom

Skype in the Classroom and Hearts on Fire are joining forces to inspire the next generation of global citizens by connecting social change rock stars with students around the world. Imagine sitting in a classroom in New Jersey and being taken on a virtual field trip to Uganda led by Diane, a local water engineer … Read more

Helping Put the “Global” in GlobalGirl Media

GlobalGirl Media

We love when anyone mentions us on Twitter, and every so often, those mentions reveal people using Skype in amazing ways. Our curiosity was piqued by the above tweet from GlobalGirl Media, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering young girls from under-served communities to find their voice in the media. They’re using Skype to share … Read more

Palestine Refugee Students from Syria Rise Above Borders Through Skype

“When the explosion happened I was scared, I thought it was the end of the world. I couldn’t see anything in front of me,” Hasan, a Palestine refugee from Syria now living in Beirut, explains to his England-based peers over Skype. Palestine refugee children living through conflict in Syria have seen and experienced events far … Read more

Tackling Climate Change: One Student at a Time


This past fall, I found myself in a tiny school in the South Pacific surrounded by thirty giggling elementary school students. I was on a journalistic assignment to the Pacific island nation of Kiribati with my partner, award-winning photojournalist Gianluca Panella. It was the beginning of our special journey to the front lines of climate change, an … Read more

24 Hour Skype-a-thon


  Have you ever wanted to learn from other people around the world? Students from Pine Valley Elementary who participated in our 24 hour Skype-a-thon did just that. We talked to classes around the world on Skype for 24 hours straight to reach students in 26 different countries. I started using Skype in the classroom … Read more

Kiribati Calling


Brian Healy is a middle school science teacher who recently hosted a call between his classroom and another group of students in Kiribati. Even in the excitement-addled days preceding Halloween, this particular lesson was one his students wouldn’t soon forget. What started out as a typical Thursday for my 6th-8th grade science students turned into … Read more

Uniting Classrooms around the World with Skype and Literacy


Shannon McClintock Miller is a teacher, librarian, and author.  She is a 2014 Library Journal Mover and Shaker and also the Skype Educational Ambassador.  She is the mom of three and lives in Denver, Colorado with her family.  You can find her on Twitter and at her blog, The Library Voice  One of the most … Read more

Just Say Hello


We’re kicking off our partnership with Skype in the Classroom and O, The Oprah Magazine, with a guest blog from Carr Fullagar and Tobi Ragon from the Cape Fear Academy in Wilmington, North Carolina. Read on to learn about how a simple word like hello can make a huge difference. It’s one simple word, but … Read more

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