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Around the world in 24 hours with Skype in the Classroom

Map showing which country the Pine Valley students travelled to

Today’s guest blogger is second grade teacher Beverly Ladd from the New Hanover County Schools district in North Carolina. An experienced global educator, Beverly’s firsthand experience as a Skype Master Teacher has shown her how global connections allow students to become more aware of their world and appreciate one another’s differences. This post describes Beverly’s second 24-hour … Read more

The ABCs of Skype video innovation

ABCs of Skype video innovation

Having started in 2005, Karlheinz Wurm was the 127th employee at Skype. In 2009 he moved from Tallinn, Estonia to Stockholm, Sweden to manage the audio and video development team.  When you think of Skype, you probably picture a special moment where you’ve connected with the important people in your life over video. For me, … Read more

Every kid in a park… via Skype

Take a virtual field trip with Skype to Yellowstone National Park

This week is National Park Week in the US, and this year is extra special as it’s the Centennial Year for the National Park Service. Teachers and students from the US and around the world can take virtual field trips to these natural wonders over Skype. Due to location and budgets, most national parks are … Read more

Students meet Belle the Beagle over Skype for Beagle Freedom Week

Beagle Freedom Dog video calling

This week is Beagle Freedom Week, and a great chance for teachers to get involved with a Skype Lesson all about Beagle Freedom Skype in the Classroom have partnered with the Beagle Freedom Project to offer a Skype Lesson so that students around the world can learn how to show for cruelty free products, and … Read more

Watch Born to Explore and join in on a Skype virtual field trip

Mystery Skype sled dogs

From Antarctica to the North Pole, Costa Rican sloths to African lions, explorers to museum curators… the interactive lessons and virtual field trips available through Skype in the Classroom will take your students on captivating journeys to discover the world beyond their classroom walls. This weekend, get a glimpse of one of these virtual field … Read more

Travel thousands of miles carbon free with Skype in the Classroom

Celebrate Earth Day with Skype in the Classroom

Earth Day has been celebrated since 1970 and is now observed in more than 193 countries each year. This year is particularly special as the landmark Paris Agreement is schedule to be signed by the US, China and 120 other countries. This Earth Day, on April 22nd, students can travel hundreds of thousands of miles and … Read more

Make a Difference with Spoons on World Good Deeds Day!

#SpoonAppeal

  In recognition of World Good Deeds Day today, we spoke with one of our Skype in the Classroom Guest Speakers, Justin Miles about the #SpoonAppeal– a charitable initiative he helped to set up which provides much-needed spoons to help prevent the spread of diseases and keep children in school. Justin Miles is a professional adventurer, … Read more

The ultimate race against time: an interview with explorer Mark Wood

Explorer Mark Wood

Mark Wood, polar explorer, educator, and adventurer has covered thousands of miles of frozen ice, and visited both the North and South Geographic poles. Starting tomorrow, along with two other explorers, he’ll be taking part in the Race Against Time Expedition across the Arctic, aiming to complete the 470 miles across ice completely unsupported in under … Read more

Global Teacher Prize finalist empowers students using Skype

Michael Soskil teaching his students outdoor

Over the past weekend, the winner of the Global Teacher Prize was announced at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai. We would like to congratulate Pennsylvania Educator and Skype Master Teacher Michael Soskil for being honored as one of 10 finalists for his contributions to global citizenship. Mr. Soskil’s impact as a global … Read more

Project Kakuma: Educating refugees via Skype

Kakuma students on a Skype video call

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

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