Social Good

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

Tackling Climate Change: One Student at a Time

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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

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  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

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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

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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

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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

Cooperation, contribution, celebration: using Skype to give back

A few months ago, Tyson Mayr, Skype Social Good Ambassador and clean water activist, asked people across the world to share how they plan to give back in 2015. The first answer to Tyson’s challenge came from Tom Le Mesurier and Frank Bell, who recently hosted a Skype-enabled benefit dinner party and silent auction in … Read more

Fire Safety Dogs in the Classroom

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The Keep Kids Fire Safe Foundation’s Learning About Fire Safety is Fun! and Let’s Read with Molly program, help children learn basic fire safety knowledge and skills with the goals of saving lives, limiting injuries, and reducing fire losses. Firefighter Dayna Hilton and Molly the Fire Safety Dog share fun, yet educationally sound, ways to … Read more

Inspiring Young Writers with Skype in the Classroom

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In this week’s guest blog from Skype in the Classroom, we learn about the wild imagination with writer, ‘Zookeeper,’ and former teacher, Paul Hutson. As a former school teacher, I’ve always been a big advocate of project based learning. I love Night Zookeeper because it inspires children to write ever so creatively and it can … Read more

Skype Brings the Past to the Future in Today’s Classrooms

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In this week’s Guest Blog from Skype in the Classroom, we meet Sarah Shaw, an employee at The British Library who uses Skype to help students collaborate and learn about history. In November 2014 I came to work at the British Library as a Project Manager for an innovative new learning resource, bridging the 800th anniversary … Read more

How to make even more of a difference using Skype

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Skype Social Good Ambassador Tyson Mayr traded in his day job to help people around the world. So far, he’s brought clean water to orphanages in Uganda, helped those stricken by poverty in South America and dedicated his time to help make living conditions better, all while using Skype to bring together philanthropists and the … Read more

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