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

Watch Born to Explore and join in on a Skype virtual field trip

Mystery Skype sled dogs

From Antarctica to the North Pole, Costa Rican sloths to African lions, explorers to museum curators… the interactive lessons and virtual field trips available through Skype in the Classroom will take your students on captivating journeys to discover the world beyond their classroom walls. This weekend, get a glimpse of one of these virtual field … Read more

Travel thousands of miles carbon free with Skype in the Classroom

Celebrate Earth Day with Skype in the Classroom

Earth Day has been celebrated since 1970 and is now observed in more than 193 countries each year. This year is particularly special as the landmark Paris Agreement is schedule to be signed by the US, China and 120 other countries. This Earth Day, on April 22nd, students can travel hundreds of thousands of miles and … Read more

Make a Difference with Spoons on World Good Deeds Day!

#SpoonAppeal

  In recognition of World Good Deeds Day today, we spoke with one of our Skype in the Classroom Guest Speakers, Justin Miles about the #SpoonAppeal– a charitable initiative he helped to set up which provides much-needed spoons to help prevent the spread of diseases and keep children in school. Justin Miles is a professional adventurer, … Read more

Global Teacher Prize finalist empowers students using Skype

Michael Soskil teaching his students outdoor

Over the past weekend, the winner of the Global Teacher Prize was announced at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai. We would like to congratulate Pennsylvania Educator and Skype Master Teacher Michael Soskil for being honored as one of 10 finalists for his contributions to global citizenship. Mr. Soskil’s impact as a global … Read more

Project Kakuma: Educating refugees via Skype

Kakuma students on a Skype video call

Our guest blogger today is Koen Timmers, a Microsoft Expert Educator Fellow from Belgium who is currently teaming up with teachers across the globe to help educate African refugees through an organization known as Project Kakuma. With the help of Skype they teach students in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. In April 2015 a dozen global … Read more

Celebrate World Wild Life Day with Skype in the Classroom

African lion

Today is World Wildlife Day, and this year’s theme is: “The future of wildlife is in our hands.” Students can learn this first-hand by taking a Skype Virtual Field Trip or Skype Lesson to meet animals that they may never have the chance to see in real life, talk to wildlife experts, and learn how … Read more

Teacher on the Trail: reporting from the Iditarod with the help of Skype

Laura Wright's jacket patch

Laura Wright is a 4th Grade teacher at Eanes Elementary School in Austin, Texas. She is also an active member of the Skype in the Classroom community and the winner of the grueling teacher competition for the Iditarod 2016 Teacher on the Trail™. As we write, Laura has just landed in Anchorage, Alaska, and is getting … Read more

Travel with Skype to the Land of the Ice Bears

Polar bear emoticon

Today is International Polar Bear Day and each year, this global event draws attention to the challenges polar bears face in a warming Arctic — and how each of us can help. We spoke to Expedition Educator Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop about his upcoming expedition to the Arctic and how he will be sharing his learnings with … Read more

Inspiring activities to celebrate literacy with your students

Skype in the Classroom

As we celebrate literacy this month in honor of World Read Aloud Day,  here is a glimpse of all the fun and creative ways Skype in the Classroom can help you share a lifelong love of reading and writing with your students. Stretch your imagination with the Night Zookeeper Travel to the magical world of … Read more

Skype in the Classroom learns the truth about sharks

Skype in the Classroom

Merging science, education, and sustainability, Ocean First Institute is a non-profit organization that promotes the protection and preservation of our marine environments. They joined Skype in the Classroom as virtual field trips experts in 2014 and have so far conducted over 240 Skype sessions with schools across the globe — educating over 7,000 students on … Read more

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