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“Grannies” go global: Skype helps connect students and e-mediators

One of the Grannies reads to children

A couple of years ago, we introduced you to the School in the Cloud, a global experiment in self-organized learning. The School in the Cloud allows children from all social backgrounds and circumstances to engage and connect with information and the Big Questions through interaction with the “Grannies”—a group of 100 active e-mediators. We recently … Read more

Mitahato Teaching Farm: local solutions for global challenges

Students in India created a globe with seeds and veggies

The Mitahato Education and Development Fund (MEDF), founded in April 2013 is the parent organization of the Teaching Farm in Mitahato, Kenya. Their mission to promote sustainable livelihoods and food security for smallholder farmers has grown to impact rural communities both in Kenya and around the world through specific skills training at their ¼ acre … Read more

Conversational Arabic lessons bridge cultural divides

Skype handshake emotion

How do graduates from Columbia University decide to start an Arabic language tutoring service? Turns out it was quite simple: they saw a need for affordable, conversational Arabic training and found a way to offer this service via Skype, while providing work to displaced Syrian refugees. We love learning of all the creative ways that … 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

Celebrating International Women’s Day with Girl Rising

International Women's Day

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

Skype helps people with speech difficulties

Skype video call

A few months ago, we came across an article that described how Florida Atlantic University is using Skype to help people who stutter in Rwanda. With a severe lack of local speech therapists, Skype is proving to be an effective means of providing long-distance therapy. We made contact with Dr. Dale Williams, professor of Communication … Read more

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

Skype video call

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

Skype celebrates this year’s CNN Heroes

Skype in Media

For nine years, CNN has taken the time to acknowledge the year’s biggest heroes, and this year Skype joined in to help celebrate and commemorate the honorees. This year’s top ten philanthropists came from all places and walks of life – but shared one dream: changing the world. Covering everything from veteran support, to medical … Read more

Video calling with elephants

Skype video call

Elephants on a Skype video call – talk about Skype savvy! Josh Plotnik, Founder and Executive Director of U.S.-based Think Elephants International, founded the non-profit in 2011. His goal is to promote the preservation of a rapidly declining population of elephants on both the Asian and African continents. TEI scientists conduct research on elephant behavior … Read more

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