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Celebrities Take to Skype to Promote Reading and Literacy to Classrooms

Sean Lowe Skype in the classroom call

Last month, Skype proudly celebrated World Read Aloud Day as a part of our Skype in the classroom program. This global day of literacy awareness is about taking action: action based on a belief that everyone should have the ability to read and write. Through Skype in the classroom, we’re helping motivate children, teens, and adults worldwide … Read more

Celebrating World Read Aloud Day: Our Global Reading Initiative and Free Group Video Calling for Teachers

Book Club

I love to read and I love stories. I was called a bookworm as a kid, because once I cracked open a book, I just couldn’t put it down until it was done! And, now, I watch with delight when my 12 year old daughter does the same. The hairy feet of a Hobbit. The … Read more

Skype Calls with Classrooms Help Propel Author to Best Seller Status

Pandora's Key

Author Nancy Richardson Fischer is a veteran storyteller.  But in the age of the internet, the publishing industry has faced unique challenges, and reaching audiences interested in reading new stories has become more difficult.  For Fischer, it was embracing new technology – including Skype – that has helped expand her horizons in the publishing space. … Read more

What’s the Hype with Mystery Skype?

Since the launch of Skype in the classroom, we’ve been amazed by the creativity that teachers have shown in using it in new and innovative ways. One surprising success story has been the popularity of Mystery Skype lessons. A Mystery Skype lesson involves students in a simple guessing game. Two classrooms arrange to connect with … Read more

How Skype Helps Santa Make Christmas Happen

Santa Claus, Saint Nick, Kris Kringle – however you refer to him, this is certainly the time of year when everyone wants to know what’s going on in his world. With a workshop in the North Pole to run, elves… Read more

Teachers, Enter our Santa in the Classroom Contest: Educators Can Win $10,000 in Technology Products and a Call with Santa for Their Classrooms

We are very proud that Skype’s technology helps enable amazing learning experiences for students across the globe. From explorer Mark Wood connecting classrooms in Nepal and Tsunami-damaged Japan for an environmental discussion to students getting a chance to learn from NASA and even surprise video calls from NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal, Skype in the classroom empowers teachers to bring truly remarkable experiences to their schools. Read more

Iowa Governor pioneers statewide "Skype Your School!" program

Iowa is better known for being the core of the traditional "American Heartland" than it is for pushing the frontiers of digital technology. But Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds do not believe that those designations are mutually… Read more

NASA and Seven Other Organizations Join Skype in the Classroom to Take Kids on New Educational Adventures

When I was a kid, I had some very big dreams. My imagination would run wild with all the possibilities of answering the question, "What do I want to be when I grow up?" On any given day, I would have given you wildly different answers: I wanted to be a firefighter, an astronaut, a ship captain, a writer, amongst many, many others. One of the reasons I love my job is because Skype in the classroom allows students to experience first-hand what these careers are really like from professionals doing them every day. Read more

Vote for the winner of Skype Heroes 2012!

People around the world continue to surprise us with the innovative, exciting — and even heroic ways –they use Skype in their lives. We are so inspired by this, we are creating the first-ever "Skype Heroes" program. This year the… Read more

Business Students Use Skype to Connect with Shark Tank's Barbara Corcoran

Are you a budding business professional? If you are, you would likely love the chance to pick the brain of someone who has successfully navigated the business world – to learn about what sparked their interest and eventually what ignited… Read more

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