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Around the world in 6 days: a teacher’s journey with Skype in the classroom

A guest blog post written by 5th grade teacher Arin Kress from Park Street Intermediate School, Grove City, Ohio As educators, we challenge our students everyday, so why not create challenges for ourselves in the process? One of the biggest challenges I created for myself this school year involved Skype in the classroom. Skype in … Read more

Skype Brings Together Classes in New Zealand and California

How do you make a lesson plan come alive? It’s a question teachers ask themselves almost daily. More and more are finding their answer through our Skype in the classroom community, which has opened up a world of virtual field trips to teachers and their students. While teachers already know the value of hands-on learning, … Read more

Peace One Day and Skype Empower Youth to Rise for Peace

Guest Blogger Monique Coleman is an actress, advocate and an Education Ambassador for Peace One Day. On September 21st we celebrated the annual UN recognized International Day of Peace. People around the world came together in the name of peace to demonstrate how dialogue is a more powerful tool for resolving conflict than resorting to violence. … Read more

Students Reach for the Stars After Skype Call with World-Class Astronomer

A guest blog post by teacher Shawn Avery from Dennett Elementary School in Plympton, Massachusetts. How can I connect concepts my students are learning about to real world experiences? That’s the question that teachers ponder every day. It’s easy to throw a math problem up on the board for children to solve or show them … Read more

How Teachers Are Bringing the World to Their Students via Skype in the Classroom

Lauren Lintelman, a fifth-grade teacher at a bilingual school in Dallas, discovered that her students struggled with public speaking more than she had previously realized.  Improving those skills was particularly important for Lauren’s students, who were about to graduate from their Spanish-language elementary school and transition to an English-language middle school.  Lauren turned to Skype … Read more

Introducing Mystery Skype: A Global Game that Makes Learning Fun!

Are you keen to bring new activities into your children’s classroom? The highly popular game of Mystery Skype is the new educational game that you’re looking for. What’s the aim of the game? It’s simple – two classrooms arrange to call each other on Skype with the goal of guessing the location of the other … Read more

Celebrating Top Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom

To honor Skype’s 10th anniversary, we want to highlight the many ways Skype brings people together each and every day. We are very proud of what Skype has become during this past decade – especially its role as an educational tool. Skype’s education program, Skype in the classroom, breaks down classroom walls and allows children … Read more

International Dance Contests… in PE? Skype Helps Make Gym Fun!

Most of us don’t think of gym teachers as creative types—except maybe when it comes to the number of laps they make you run. Good news! Times have definitely changed. Innovative teachers, teamed with technology like Skype, are making phys-ed fun. (You won’t see anyone faking stomach aches because they want to sit on the … Read more

Classrooms in US and Mexico Bond Over Books

Partnering with another class to read together is a fantastic way to use Skype in your classroom. Not only does this type of lesson improve literacy skills, it’s also a great way to introduce your students to new cultures and stories from around the world. Recently, as part of Skype’s Global Reading Initiative, Elisa Steele, … Read more

High School Students Meet the Rock Stars of Particle Physics

“What was involved in the search for the Higgs Boson particle and what does its discovery mean for physics?” If you’ve ever pondered such mysteries of the universe, you’ll be happy to know that the top scientists in the world are on the case. Late last month, 60 high school students outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania posed … Read more

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