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Project Kakuma: Educating refugees via Skype

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Our guest blogger today is Koen Timmers, a Microsoft Expert Educator Fellow from Belgium who is currently teaming up with teachers across the globe to help educate African refugees through an organization known as Project Kakuma. With the help of Skype they teach students in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. In April 2015 a dozen global … Read more

Voyagez avec Skype vers la terre des ours polaires

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Nous avons récemment parlé à l’éducateur Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop de son expédition dans l’Arctique et de comment il partage ses découvertes avec des étudiants par l’intermédiaire de son Skype. Jamie et son équipe sont actuellement sur Svalbard, entre la Norvège et le Pôle Nord. Svalbard est un endroit regorgeant de profonds fjords, de montagnes recouvertes de … Read more

Celebrating International Women’s Day with Girl Rising

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Our guest writer for today’s blog post in celebration of International Women’s Day is Jill Iscol, President of the IF Hummingbird Foundation and Founder of Hearts on Fire, a program of the foundation identifying and showcasing some of the most inspirational and committed individuals working to change the world for the better. Girl Rising is a … Read more

Celebrate World Wild Life Day with Skype in the Classroom

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Today is World Wildlife Day, and this year’s theme is: “The future of wildlife is in our hands.” Students can learn this first-hand by taking a Skype Virtual Field Trip or Skype Lesson to meet animals that they may never have the chance to see in real life, talk to wildlife experts, and learn how … Read more

Teacher on the Trail: reporting from the Iditarod with the help of Skype

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Laura Wright is a 4th Grade teacher at Eanes Elementary School in Austin, Texas. She is also an active member of the Skype in the Classroom community and the winner of the grueling teacher competition for the Iditarod 2016 Teacher on the Trail™. As we write, Laura has just landed in Anchorage, Alaska, and is getting … Read more

Travel with Skype to the Land of the Ice Bears

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Today is International Polar Bear Day and each year, this global event draws attention to the challenges polar bears face in a warming Arctic — and how each of us can help. We spoke to Expedition Educator Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop about his upcoming expedition to the Arctic and how he will be sharing his learnings with … Read more

Inspiring activities to celebrate literacy with your students

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As we celebrate literacy this month in honor of World Read Aloud Day,  here is a glimpse of all the fun and creative ways Skype in the Classroom can help you share a lifelong love of reading and writing with your students. Stretch your imagination with the Night Zookeeper Travel to the magical world of … Read more

Skype in the Classroom learns the truth about sharks

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Merging science, education, and sustainability, Ocean First Institute is a non-profit organization that promotes the protection and preservation of our marine environments. They joined Skype in the Classroom as virtual field trips experts in 2014 and have so far conducted over 240 Skype sessions with schools across the globe — educating over 7,000 students on … Read more

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences brings science to life with Skype

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Since its launch in 2009, Skype in the Classroom has been a great way to create original and memorable learning experiences with teachers from all around the world – allowing students to encounter new experiences, meet new people, talk to experts and share ideas. We recently spoke to Kaytee Smith, Coordinator of e-Learning at the … Read more

Microsoft’s global Skype-a-Thon: Look how far we traveled together

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On December 3rd and 4th, teachers around the world participated in Microsoft’s first-ever global Skype-a-Thon to celebrate learning without borders. Over the course of the two-day event, thousands of educators, guest speakers and students traveled 3,046,124 virtual miles. On day one, the global learning community surpassed the global goal of one million virtual miles.  By … Read more

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