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Skype entdeckt die Weltmeere

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“Mein Großvater, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, würde meine Hand nehmen und sagen ‘Allons voir“ (Lass uns schauen gehen). Die unersättliche Neugier ist mein am meisten geschätztes Erbe.“- Fabien Cousteau Im Oktober wird Fabien Cousteau (der Urenkel des berühmten Entdeckers Jacques-Yves Cousteau) die rekordverdächtige Marineexpedition Mission 31 leiten. Er wird 31 Tage lang unter Wasser im Aquarius Laboratory … 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

First Skype Call Atop Mt. Everest Raises Thousands for Charity

Daniel Hughes has a seemingly perfect life: he’s young, charming, happily married, has a nice home in London and a great career as a commercial airline pilot. However, during a 2010 trip in South America, he met destitute Bolivian children weakened by malnutrition and realized that he had to get out of his comfort zone … Read more

Skype Goes Under Water

“My grandfather, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, would grab my hand and say to me ‘Allons Voir’ (lets go see). It is this insatiable curiosity that has been my most treasured inheritance.” -Fabien Cousteau. In October, Fabien Cousteau (grandson of famed explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau) will be leading a record-breaking marine expedition known as Mission 31 living underwater in … 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

What’s it Like to Work for Vogue? Syracuse Students Get the Inside Scoop!

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Most college students would do (almost) anything for a chance to talk to experts in their field. After all, nothing beats that kind of real world contact. For the lucky kids in Zandile Blay’s Fashion and Beauty Journalism course at Syracuse University, Skype makes it happen – helping Blay bring journalists from Vogue, Marie Claire, The … 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

How Teachers Can Make the Most of Free Skype Group Video Calling

To celebrate World Read Aloud Day in March this year, Skype gave all educators the opportunity to receive 12 months of Group Video Calling if they signed up to Skype’s global education platform, Skype in the classroom.  Since then, thousands of teachers have received and are using this fantastic teaching tool in their schools. If … Read more

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