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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

Disadvantaged Kids Build Planes (And a Future) From Scratch

Barrington Irving grew up in an impoverished area of inner city Miami with little hope for his future or knowledge of his personal potential. But, by the age of 23, he became youngest person and only African-American ever to fly solo around the world. His life was turned around by a chance encounter with a … Read more

Students from Africa and UK Discuss Global Issues via Skype

Imagine that you live in a small village in rural Uganda and have never used the internet. Then one morning, you arrive at school to find your classmates on a Skype video call with students thousands of miles away in England. What’s more, a world-famous author is leading a discussion about poverty and hunger — … Read more

3 Easy Steps to Creating a Skype in the classroom Lesson

School is almost out for summer, but not forever. While we can almost hear the collective sigh of relief from teachers across the globe, even with the summer break, a teacher’s work is truly never done as the next school year is only a few months away. Teachers, in your time off for the summer, … Read more

A U.S. Senator Goes Back to School

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When was the last time a U.S. Senator visited your classroom? For fifth graders at J.S. Clark Leadership Academy in Louisiana, a civics lesson came to life via a Skype video call with U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu. Senator Landrieu, a proponent of charter schools like J.S. Clark, held ‘virtual classrooms’ with a number of schools during … Read more

A Sensational Special Guest Skype Session!

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This week’s “Faraway Friday” was a very special one thanks in part to our magical guest, and the wonderful people at Skype Classroom. Mme Leslie’s 3rd grade class was able to connect with American advertising executive Mr. Jeff Goodby from Goodby-Silverstein. He connected with us all the way from San Francisco, California! Why you might … Read more

The Power of Reading: My Skype in the Classroom Read Aloud Session

Jennifer Aaker

Last week, I read aloud to an amazing Kindergarten class in Kea’au, Hawaii via a Skype video call from California. I decided to read Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand, a book that has fundamentally impacted our family.  The book is about a girl named Alex, a young girl faced with a big problem that … Read more

How Teachers Can Make the Most of Free Skype Group Video Calling

To celebrate World Read Aloud Day in March this year, Skype gave all educators the opportunity to receive 12 months of Group Video Calling if they signed up to Skype’s global education platform, Skype in the classroom.  Since then, thousands of teachers have received and are using this fantastic teaching tool in their schools. If … Read more

The Arctic’s Youngest Explorer Makes a Skype Visit to Texas Classroom

Oli Munroy

For the students in Jennifer Hurst’s 4th grade class, most of their own exploring occurs just around their neighborhoods nearby their hometown just outside of Austin, Texas.  So when they had the opportunity to have a Skype video call with Oli Milroy, the youngest member of the Arctic Jubilee Expedition, they were thrilled! The students … Read more

Skype Enables Unique Learning Experiences Beyond the Classroom: Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Rambuka School

Education professionals around the world are exploring the use of Skype as a platform to connect their classroom and share their learning experiences with teachers across the globe. Skype in the classroom is a free global community that invites teachers to collaborate on classroom projects through the use of Skype, to share skills and inspiration … Read more

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