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A Thread of Confidence – A Skype Conversation with Kids

Developing a child’s sense of identity generates confidence. If they trust their abilities, they will believe in themselves, feel confident and have positive qualities that they want to offer to others. I believe in cultivating confident children. For children to trust their abilities, we need to open their world. This begins with providing opportunities for … Read more

Palestine Refugee Students from Syria Rise Above Borders Through Skype

“When the explosion happened I was scared, I thought it was the end of the world. I couldn’t see anything in front of me,” Hasan, a Palestine refugee from Syria now living in Beirut, explains to his England-based peers over Skype. Palestine refugee children living through conflict in Syria have seen and experienced events far … Read more

Uniting Classrooms around the World with Skype and Literacy

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Shannon McClintock Miller is a teacher, librarian, and author.  She is a 2014 Library Journal Mover and Shaker and also the Skype Educational Ambassador.  She is the mom of three and lives in Denver, Colorado with her family.  You can find her on Twitter and at her blog, The Library Voice  One of the most … Read more

Wendy Norman & How to Make it Happen on International Women’s Day 2015

For International Women’s Day, we asked our Director of Social Good, Wendy Norman, a few questions about how her team is Making it Happen and spreading some good around the world. How are you celebrating International Women’s Day this year? I’ll start it by sending a thank you email to the women I know who … Read more

Good food. Good tunes. Good deeds.

Our Moment Makers are passionate about so many different things, but one topic they all feel strongly about is helping others. Skype Ambassadors Frank Bell and Tom Le Mesurier met the Skype Social Good challenge head on by hosting a Skype-enabled dinner party and silent auction in New York City. Tom curated a three-course meal … Read more

How to make even more of a difference using Skype

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Skype Social Good Ambassador Tyson Mayr traded in his day job to help people around the world. So far, he’s brought clean water to orphanages in Uganda, helped those stricken by poverty in South America and dedicated his time to help make living conditions better, all while using Skype to bring together philanthropists and the … Read more

Fueling a passion for learning through Skype in the classroom

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Stumbling upon Skype in the classroom last year transformed my classroom. It flipped my teaching style on its head, blasted the walls of my classroom away, and enabled my students to stamp their digital footprints across the globe. It made me rethink what was possible in the classroom and ignited a passion for learning in … Read more

Skype in the Classroom Builds Friendships across Borders

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When students at St. Anselm Catholic Elementary School in Toronto sang, “I love you in the morning and in the afternoon” through a Skype video call to their new friends at an orphanage in Uganda, time zones and differences melted away. The call was part of the CHAT to the Future program, which regularly connects … Read more

Words Come To Life When Students And Authors Read Together Via Skype

The ritual of reading out loud is a special one for both children and parents.  As mother to two boys, my memories of snuggling with them on the couch reading stories before bed are precious. Going from being narrator to my insistent audience (“Again! Again! But make the villain sound more evil”), to helping them … Read more

Skype in the classroom and reddit Team Up for Teachers

During this time of year I always find myself reflecting back on the year that was.  As I look back at 2013 and remember the different ways we at Skype tried to give back and make life better for others, the recent “reddit gifts for the Teachers 2013” drive stands out as one of the … Read more

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