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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

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

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

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

Avec « Skype in the Classroom », les enseignants peuvent donner une nouvelle dimension à leurs projets éducatifs

Aujourd’hui, nous avions envie de vous parler d’une initiative chère à Skype, « Skype in the classroom ». Skype in the Classroom est un moyen simple et gratuit pour les enseignants d’ouvrir leur salle de classe au monde entier. Ce portail Skype permet de mettre en relation des enseignants du monde entier pour échanger des … 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

Skype in the classroom Cures Summeritis in Kids

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As the school year winds down, ‘summeritis’ is hitting classrooms across the country. The symptoms include restless kids, a lack of attention, and a longing to be outside. Luckily, there is an Rx. Field trips and virtual visitors are a perfect way for teachers to sneak in some education without kids picking up on it. … 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

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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

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