Social Good

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

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


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


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

Guest Blog: Sharks4Kids Founder Jillian Morris

Over the last year, our team has had Skype calls with nearly 14,000 students aged 3-18, in 25 countries including Australia, Cambodia,  , Serbia and Kenya. That’s a lot of students, and even more shark-talk. On October 30, 2013 I did my first Skype call through Skype in the classroom’s Exploring Oceans program – this … Read more

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


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


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 to those who need it – a staggering 1.1 billion people worldwide do not have clean water access. As the Chief Charity Ambassador for RainCatcher, … 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

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