非礼勿视,非礼勿听:提升音效视频质素小贴士

在2013年伊始之际,祝大家新年快乐,蛇年行大运,身体健康,合家平安!对Skype而言,过去的一年是令人振奋的一年。我们准备在2013年为你带来更多优质的产品。

继一月所撰写的文章,我现在为大家提供更多有关音效及视频的贴士,助你在利用Skype通话时达到最好的质素。

如何停止忧虑并且开始爱上静音所带来的好处

这其实是一个我们需要养成的好习惯。之前我写了一篇题为“要成功必须设备齐全”的博文,极力推荐大家使用一个配备有静音键的耳机。若你的耳机没有这项功能,你也可以利用Skype通话工具上的静音键达到一样的效果。

你可曾试着忘记自己正在进行电话会议时说出的一些尴尬的话吗?或在当你与心上人谈话时,妈妈突然闯进房间,问你有没有脏衣服要洗的突兀场面?又或者,通话的对方开始在另一头的键盘上打字,就像是嘈吵的北欧雷神也加入你们的通话?

我明白一开始很难适应,但当你习惯成自然,不说话的时候就顺手按下静音键,你便会体会到个中的好处。

别让荧幕灯光丑化你的脸

我经常谈论光线这个问题,就像近期发表那篇题为“三大提示让你用Skype时展现最佳状态”的博文,因为我深信小改变可带来很大的不同。尤其当你身处的房间的光线不够足,或你的脸贴近荧光幕时,电脑荧幕所发出放得光线便会使你看起来效果不佳。

好消息是,荧光幕所发出得光线会随着距离而大大减弱。因此很多时候你只需要稍稍远离荧幕,便可有效地改善情况。你也可以考虑在房间多开些灯,或把荧光幕得光线调暗。若你使用的是手提电脑,更可以利用快捷键或组合键,简单而又迅速地把荧光幕的亮度调暗。

请等等!我正在设置网络摄影机。。。

你可以透过驱动程式设置网络摄影机,比如说白平衡率及曝光度,来达到你想要的效果。若你的网络摄影机的驱动程式支持此功能,你便可以在Skype通话工具上直接根据自己的喜好设定。调校Windows桌面所专用的Skype设置,只需启动Skypeà进入“工具”à“选项”à“视频设置”à“网络摄影机设置”便可以轻松办到。

 

非禮勿視,非禮勿聽 – 提升音效視頻質素小貼士

新年快樂!祝大家蛇年行大運、東成西就、旗開得勝、閤家平安!對Skype而言,往年是一個令人振奮的一年。我們準備在2013年為你帶來更多優質的產品。

繼一月所撰寫的文章,我現在為大家提供更多有關音效及視頻的貼士,助你在利用Skype通話時達到最好的質素。

如何停止憂慮,並開始愛上靜音所帶來的好處

 

這是一個我們需要養成的好習慣。之前我寫了一篇題為「要成功必須設備齊全」的博文,

極力推薦大家使用一個配備有靜音鍵的耳機。若你的耳機沒有這項功能,你也可以利用Skype通話工具上的靜音鍵。

你試過忘記自己正在進行電話會議,而說了一些尷尬的話嗎?或在與心上人談話時,遇上媽媽突然闖進房間,問你有沒有髒衣服要洗的突兀場面?又或者,對方在通話的另一頭開始在鍵盤上打字,嘈吵得像北歐神雷也加入通話?

我明白一開始很難適應,但當你習慣成自然,不說話的時候都習慣按下靜音鍵,你便會發然箇中的好處!

別讓熒幕燈光醜化你的臉

我經常談論光線這個問題,就像近期發表那篇題為「三大貼士讓你用Skype時展現最佳狀態」的博文,因為我深信小改變可帶來大不同。尤其當你身處的房間光線不足,或你的臉貼近熒光幕時,電腦熒幕所發出放的光線便會使你的容貌變得不討好。

好消息是,熒光幕所發出的光線會隨著距離而大大減弱。因此很多時候你只需要稍稍遠離熒幕,便可有效地改善情況。你也可以考慮在房間多開些燈,或把熒光幕的光線調暗。若你使用的是手提電腦,更可以利用快速鍵或組合鍵,輕易而又迅速地把熒光幕調暗。

請等等!我正在調校網絡攝影機設置

你可以透過驅動程式調校網絡攝影機的設置,如白色平衡率及曝光度,來配合你的喜好。若你的網絡攝影機的驅動程式支援此功能,你便可以在Skype通話工具上直接調校喜好設訂。調校Windows 桌面所專用的 Skype設置,只需啟動Skype –> 進入「工具」–> 「選項」 –> 「視頻設置」–>「網絡攝影機設置」便可以輕鬆辦到。

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Skype in the Classroom Community Now 50,000 Teachers Strong

When Skype launched our global community for educators, Skype in the classroom, we wanted to help educators all over the world provide more interesting and exciting learning experiences to their students.  The community has been running for a little over a year and a half, and the creative lessons we’ve seen teachers conduct – from a session on the importance of reading with NBA all-star Shaquille O’Neal to meeting Santa Claus face-to-face to learning about geology and ecology from a Yellowstone National Park Ranger – have been nothing short of incredible.

We’re proud to announce that today we now have over 50,000 teachers signed up as a part of the Skype in the classroom community.  Each day, teachers from nearly every country in the world speaking 66 different languages are actively collaborating on over 2,500 Skype lessons.

Check out just a few of the interesting lesson plans currently available on Skype in the classroom website below:

Use Skype to join explorer Mark Wood on his Everest adventure

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Polar explorer and adventurer Mark Wood will be leading an expedition through the Himalayas in an attempt to summit Mount Everest in March 2013.  Ten lucky schools from ten different countries will have the chance to speak with him via Skype during his descent of the mountain.

Humans in Space

What’s it like living in space?  Skype in the classroom affiliate NASA’s Digital Learning Network is providing classrooms with the opportunity to speak with astronauts about the physiological, physical, and mental challenges that are presented about living in zero-gravity, encouraging students to suggest their solutions to problems that astronauts living in space must overcome.

How Far Food and Culture are Related

An elementary school English teacher in Egypt is looking to partner with other EFL/ESL learners from around the globe to discuss how food relates to the cultural themes of movies, food and transport.

Are you interested in bringing exciting experiences to your classroom?  Sign up for Skype in the classroom now for free by visiting http://education.skype.com or by clicking here.  We’d love to hear your feedback about the program on our communities on Facebook and @SkypeClassroom on Twitter.

Skype korraldab karjäärifoorumi naissoost tarkvaraarendajatele

Skype korraldab rahvusvahelise naistepäeva puhul neljapäeval, 7. märtsil kell 18:00 oma Tallinna, Akadeemia tee 15B kontoris CODESS tarkvaraarenduse foorumi naistele, mille teemaks on “Takistuste ületamine karjääriredelil liikudes”.

“Ülemaailmselt on tarkvaraarendus olnud ikka peamiselt meeste ala. Eestis oleme aga märkamas positiivset trendi – järjest rohkem naisi on tarkvaraarenduse erialaga tutvust tegemas ning Skype toetab seda igati, sest väärtustame soolist mitmekesisust nii tarkvaraarenduses kui teistel elualadel,” ütles Alexa Glick, Skype’i tehniline värbaja.

CODESS üritusel saavad toimuma interaktiivsed töötoad, arutelud ja esitlused, loomaks õhkkonda, kus naised saaksid vabalt rääkida oma isiklikest kogemustest tarkvaraarenduse erialal karjääriredelil liikumisest ning jagada tarvilikke nõuandeid, millest ka teistel õppida oleks.

Foorumil astuvad üles mitmed vähem või rohkem tuntud naistarkvaraarendajad. Teiste seas saavad sõna Jaana Metsamaa, Fortumo arendusmeeskonna juht, kes räägib õigete valikute tegemisest, ning Elina Kostabi, Skype Wallet meeskonna tarkvara arendusjuht, kelle teemaks on naiste arvu suurendamise võimalikkus tarkvaraarenduse erialal.

CODESS on vaid üks näide Skype’i ja Microsofti soolisele mitmekesisusele pühendatud tegevustest. Lisaks on veel rida teisi sellelaadseid projekte ja algatusi – näiteks pakub Microsoft tehnoloogiaprogrammi DigiGirlz, mis on suunatud keskkooliealistele tüdrukutele ning mis tutvustab karjäärivõimalikkuse tagamaid tehnoloogiasektoris. Hoidmaks oma naistöötajaid, pakub Microsoft samuti tuge näiteks kõigile värsketele emadele – neile võimaldatakse töökohal lastetoa kasutamine, võimalus on osa võtta rasedusloengutest ning –nõustamisest, jne.

Rohkem informatsiooni CODESS foorumi ja registreerimise kohta leiab lehelt http://on.fb.me/WKNcxa

学校と学校をつなぐSkype

近年、学校でのICT活用が広がっており、PC・タブレット、電子黒板などを授業で利用している学校もあります。Skypeも教育現場で活用されているのをご存知でしょうか。

例えば、海外の学校と日本の学校をSkypeのビデオ通話でつなぎ、英語の授業を行っている学校があります。ビデオ通話を活用することにより、ネイティブの英語や文化をリアルタイムに触れることができます。ただしネックになるのは、時差。アメリカやイギリスなどの英語圏は、日本との時差が大きく、予定を合わせるのが難しいですよね。そこで、オーストラリアと提携している学校もあります。オーストラリアと日本の時差はたったの2時間。これなら時差をあまり感じず授業ができます。

Skypeは日本と海外の授業をつなぐだけではなく、日本の学校間でも使われております。例えば小規模校間で、ビデオ通話を使って国語の授業を行っている学校もあります。生徒数が少ないため、ディスカッションなどができない小規模校の子供たちも、Skypeのビデオ通話を通じて討論会が開けます。グループビデオ通話を使えば、複数の学校と同時に授業を行うこともできます。

さらにSkypeはCSR活動の一環として、『Skype in the classroom(スカイプ・イン・ザ・クラスルーム)』という無料で参加できる世界的教育コミュニティを運営しています。ここで提供されるツールを使うことで、海外や他校の先生と協力しながら授業を進めることができます。現在世界各国47,000人以上の教育関係者が参加し、2,400以上のプロジェクトが世界中で提供されています。今年1月には、日本企業として初めて株式会社ユーグレナが参画し、理科実験教室のプログラムをSkypeのビデオ通話を活用して提供いたします

Mark Wood class

*写真は昨年9月、『Skype in the classroom』の一環として、ネパールに滞在していたマーク・ウッド氏と宮城県気仙沼市立面瀬(おもせ)小学校が環境について考える対話授業を行った様子

現在『Skype in the classroom』では、世界的に有名な英国人極地探検家マーク・ウッド氏の授業に参加して頂ける学校を、世界で10校募集しております。こちらの授業は、なんとエベレストから行われます。ウッド氏は、気候変動に関する啓発活動を行っている探険家で、2012年春に世界で初めて北極と南極をスキーで単独走破を成し遂げました。今回ウッド氏は、3月にエベレスト登頂を目指しており、まさにエベレスト登山の途中に『Skype in the classroom』でエベレスト周辺の環境問題に関する授業を提供して頂けることになりました。このエベレストからの授業への応募は簡単です。『Skype in the classroom』のサイトにアクセスしていただき、会員登録をしていただいた後、ウッド氏のレッスンページ内の「参加します」をクリックするだけ。なお会員登録はSkypeのアカウントが必要です。ご参加して頂く方には、後日Skypeのアカウントを作成した際のメールアドレスに詳細をご連絡いたします。多くの皆様からの応募をお待ちしております。

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*動画はウッド氏が北極と南極をスキーで単独走破をしていた際の映像

Skypeは家族や友達をつなぐだけではなく、学校間、教室間もつないでいます。実際にSkypeを使って授業を行った、授業を受けたなどのエピソードを、コメント欄に是非お寄せください。

Skypeに関するニュースと最新情報は、TwitterFacebookでもご覧いただけます。

Skype Calls with Classrooms Help Propel Author to Best Seller Status

Author Nancy Richardson Fischer is a veteran storyteller.  But in the age of the internet, the publishing industry has faced unique challenges, and reaching audiences interested in reading new stories has become more difficult.  For Fischer, it was embracing new technology – including Skype – that has helped expand her horizons in the publishing space.

Fischer first heard about Skype in the most unexpected of places: a small fishing village of Prea, Brazil.  “Everyone in the middle of nowhere knew about and used Skype.”  After her trip, she started just using Skype video calling to keep in touch with friends.

But that changed when she decided to take a new route to publishing her book Pandora’s Key, her first foray into young adult fiction.  Pandora’s Key, Book One of The Key Trilogy, is about Evangeline, an Oregon girl whose life is uprooted when she is given an ancient key that plays a pivotal role in a prophecy stemming from Greek mythology.  Unless Evangeline can discover her true identity and use her wits and newfound powers to fight her deadly adversaries she will lose everyone she loves…but can she accept who she really is and save the world?

“All of my past books had been published through traditional publishing houses.  I’ve done everything from sports autobiographies to Star Wars books for LucasFilm previously… this is the first book I self-published.  The publishing world is rapidly changing.” With essential promotional activities like marketing and public relations outreach now also her responsibilities, Fischer was looking for unique ways to promote her book and reach her young adult audience.
Pandora's Key

Shortly after publishing Pandora’s Key, Fischer discovered the Skype in the classroom program and felt it was a fantastic opportunity.  She began having regular Skype video calls with classrooms across the US to discuss her book.  “When you self-publish, the onus is on you to create relationships with your readers,” Fischer said.  “With Skype, I interact with students and build connections more directly.  It helps build stronger relationships by allowing for face-to face connections.”  Fischer’s video calls with classrooms provided direct access – something that neither she nor her student readers had ever had previously.

The feedback and reactions she receives from students are the best part about the Skype calls.  “I can hear what the kids like about my book, what they want to see in future books – ‘I want more action, I want more romance, who is going to live or die?’” she said.  “I love seeing their faces so I can see what excites them, where they want me to go with the story.”  Her most recent Skype call was with a classroom in Boulder, Colorado.  The students, who had all read her book and were currently studying a unit on Greek mythology, gave their thoughts on the book and asked Fischer questions about what it’s like being an author and how she comes up with the ideas for her books. This month, Fischer will connect with a classroom in Moscow and another in Portland, Oregon.

Fischer’s experiences conducting Skype calls with classrooms have paid off.  Pandora’s Key was first released in December 2011, debuting at #330,000 on Amazon.com’s sales list.  By September 2012, the book had reached the #5 spot and broken the top 1,000 for Kindle books in the contemporary/fiction/fantasy category.  In December, Pandora’s Key again reached the #5 spot in its category and broke the top 600 books overall in the Kindle Store.

Would your classroom or book club be interested in having a Skype call with Nancy?   You can get in touch with her via her Skype in the classroom profile.

A view on Skype + Lync: ‘From the Living Room to the Board Room’

Today I’m here at the sold out Lync Conference in sunny San Diego. Tony Bates, the president of Skype division for Microsoft, just finished his keynote address, unveiling a clear vision for the future of communications, which is about enabling people to connect wherever they are, from the living room to the board room.

“We are transforming communications to the next level,” Bates stated in his keynote. “People are at the center of this vision. It’s about putting people first, removing barriers to communication, making it natural, and friction free.”

Tony announced that Lync 2013 is connecting with Skype, a move intended to help your organization become more empowered and connected.

I am personally excited about this vision and opportunity, as it also points to the hard work across the Lync and Skype teams who are bringing Skype features into Lync. Lync is a robust communications platform for the enterprise, and bringing Skype features into it is a terrific move, as it will give Lync users even more opportunities to communicate in ways that bridge the gap, helping people connect wherever they are.

“We’re at the beginning of a new journey. We call this B2X. This is not just about B2B or B2C communications. This is about communications to any endpoint. We are deeply committed to delivering this in a flexible and scalable way that rehumanizes the way we communicate,” Bates said during the closing of his keynote.

For more details about today’s news and exciting keynote, check out Tony’s blog on Microsoft News Center.

Say hello to the new Skype Blogs

We’re happy (and more than a little proud) to announce the re-launch of Skype Blogs.

In just a little over nine years, Skype’s grown from a tiny startup to one of the most widely used ways for people to share important experiences with friends, family and colleagues – it’s important that our blogs keep pace with this evolution and with their own expanding audience.

Take a spin through the new Skype Blogs. They now have a clean, streamlined look and improved search and social media integration, and can better share our excitement and insights about Skype with people all around the world.

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None of this could have happened without Aaron Shaw, a Digital Marketing Manager at Skype, and Shana Pearlman, Skype’s Social Media Manager, who led the charge to get the venerable blogs rebooted for the optimal user experience.

Aaron says, “I’m really pleased with the social media integrations, like the sharing bar. I’m also very excited to add search functionality to the blogs for the first time along with related posts at the end of each article and author pages for finding additional content by the same author.”

Shana adds, “I’m particularly excited about how easy it is to add images and video to our blogs, creating a rich experience for our users. Not only can we add single images, we can create slideshows, meaning we can tell stories with multiple images, or do step-by-step product images.”

Skype Blogs will now be telling more stories than ever before and engaging with our users in new and exciting ways. We can better share user experiences,  the amazing ways Skype is used every day, great Skype tips, hints for small and medium businesses, and information about new releases – not to mention, gather important user feedback for our product teams.

Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Próxima parada do Skype in the classroom: o topo do Everest

Em março de 2013, o explorador Mark Wood vai dar início a uma expedição pelo lado nepalês da cordilheira do Himalaia, para tentar chegar ao topo do Monte Everest. E ele está buscando dez escolas de dez países diferentes para se conectar com ele por Skype durante a subida!

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O Everest já foi escalado antes, mas isso não significa que isso seja uma tarefa fácil. São mais de sete mil metros de altura e de perigos desconhecidos para Mark, e o sucesso ou o fracasso de uma expedição como essa depende muito da sorte e a da boa vontade da Mãe Natureza.

Para as escolas, é um oportunidade incrível de despertar o espírito explorador nos seus alunos e inspirar o cuidado com o planeta – durante as conversas, Mark vai falar sobre os problemas que enfrenta o povo nepalês por causa das mudanças climáticas. Além de Mark, um especialista em clima vai falar sobre o deslocamento das geleiras, que tem um efeito direto sobre a população local, e, é claro, sobre todos nós.

Se você é professor e tem interesse em participar deste projeto, clique aqui para se inscrever no site do Skype in the classroom.

O Skype in the classroom é uma ferramenta para professores que abre as portas das salas de aula para o mundo. Com ele, os alunos podem conhecer estudantes de outros países, falar com especialistas, compartilhar ideias e criar experiências educativas inéditas em conjunto com outros professores em todo o mundo. Saiba mais: http://education.skype.com/

Skype Career Day in Minsk, February 28th

Skype is hiring new employees to work at its biggest development centre in Tallinn, Estonia and other offices in Prague, Moscow, Stockholm and London, where altogether they have more than 100 vacancies on different positions.

Skype is growing globally. Now, as part of Microsoft we are seeking hundreds of people to our European engineering offices in parallel with the growth in US,” said Tiit Paananen, Skype’s site leader and engineering people operations director from Tallinn, Estonia. “Our message to new joiners has remained the same over the year – by joining Skype, you can work with some of the smartest people and make life better for millions of others every day!

Come and find out what we’re all about, how is it like to work at Skype and what great job opportunities we have available.

Place & time (updated):
Thursday, February 28th at 20.00
Nezavisimosti avenue 58 korpus 6 , 2nd floor
Please register your attendance at http://bitly.com/SkypeCareerDayMinsk

Currently there are 4 Belarusians working for Skype in Prague. One of them, Natallia Reshytnik, considers working at Skype as a significant career achievement. ”It’s my 4th year at Skype. I’ve joined as a senior quality engineer and now I lead a testing team of one of Skype’s core products. What could I say about Skype? It’s a challenge. A challenge to work together with brilliant people, a challenge to develop one of the most popular software products in the world, a challenge to make some things better, a challenge to help people, a challenge to make history…
She also praises Skype Prague office to be the perfect place to work at. “When I joined Skype, there were less than 20 people in the office. We were like a big family. Now, when the number of employees has grown over 100, we still try to save ‘family’ traditions – we throw grill parties where all employees and their partners are always welcomed, people bring their kids after school hours to have fun and play around with other kids. And on occasion you can even meet a lovely dog in the kitchen ready to become you best-friend-forever just for one sausage.

Skype will be in Belarus as part of Garage48 start-up weekend, which will take place on March 1-3 at Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics- BGUIR Minsk, Petrus Brovki street 6, and which is sponsored by Skype. Garage48 is a boot-camp initiative to build new web and mobile services in just 48 hours. The event starts on Friday at 17:00 with presentations of various product ideas and peaks with the demos of working products/prototypes on Sunday at 18:00. Skype’s representatives will be there to mentor the teams in their work. More information about Minsk Garage48 event can be found from http://garage48.org/minsk

eギフトに対応した最新のSkype 6.2 for WindowsとMac

Skype for WindowsデスクトップとMacの最新版6.2のアップデイトをリリースしました。

今回対応した主な機能は以下の通りです。

  • eギフト:お友達の誕生日にSkypeクレジットのギフトを送ることができます。
  • 新しいツールバー:グループチャットの作成やコンタクトの追加などのメニューが分かりやすく統合されました

最新版のダウンロードはこちらをクリック

Skype 6.2 for Windowsデスクトップ

Skype 6.2 for Mac

今回追加した機能の詳細です。(画面はWindowsのものになります)

新しいツールバー:UI全体をシンプルにして、これまで画面の上と下に分散していたよく使うメニューを一つの場所に統合しました。

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eギフト:お友達の誕生日のお知らせを受け取ると、そこからSkypeクレジットのギフトを送ることができます。Skypeクレジットのギフトを受け取ったお友達は、それを使って世界中の固定電話や携帯電話に格安で通話をすることができます。

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What’s the Hype with Mystery Skype?

Since the launch of Skype in the classroom, we’ve been amazed by the creativity that teachers have shown in using it in new and innovative ways. One surprising success story has been the popularity of Mystery Skype lessons.

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A Mystery Skype lesson involves students in a simple guessing game. Two classrooms arrange to connect with each other using Skype video calling , and then ask questions to discover each other’s locations. Its popularity with teachers and their students owes a lot to the simple format. It can be adapted for different age groups, languages and to fit in with what a class is currently studying.

It’s also a great way to get started with Skype in the classroom, and a vast number of teachers have virtually traveled the world with their classes thanks to Mystery Skype.

Why teachers love Mystery Skype

Mrs. Bowman, a fifth grade teacher from Florida, explains that this lesson is a fantastic way to make geography come to life for her students. It’s also a great way for her students to improve their communication and problem solving skills.

Teacher Paul Solarz from Illinois values Mystery Skype lessons for helping him integrate his students into a global community of learners. Students are also encouraged to lead the lesson and to learn how to efficiently collaborate with their peers.

Teacher and librarian Gillian Madeley from Ontario, Canada describes a fascinating Mystery Skype lesson with a school from Washington during which her students experienced the concept of time-zone differences first hand and how important this was for them in terms of becoming global citizens.

Set up your first Mystery Skype

Can’t wait to get started? The easiest way to find a Mystery Skype partner is by signing up to Skype in the classroom and browsing our Mystery Skype collection or using the search function on the site and searching for ‘Mystery Skype.’

You can also use the #MysterySkype hashtag on Twitter to engage with other teachers looking for Skype partners.

When it comes to running your Mystery Skype lesson, be creative with the format.
You may choose to ask only ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions, or only questions related to history. Use it to teach your students about climate change, or to practice your language skills with a class from another country – the possibilities are endless.

Mrs. Morgan from Texas has written up a great list of Skype etiquette tips that will guarantee that your Mystery Skype lesson is a success.

To make sure the lesson runs smoothly, it is helpful to ensure your students understand the format and to establish some basic ground rules beforehand.

Students can be assigned different roles to keep the whole class involved. These can include greeters, inquirers, sharers, clue keepers, researchers, navigators, photographers, bloggers, timekeepers and scribes. This is a great lesson to get your students practicing various skills that they have been learning in the classroom.

Tell us about your first Mystery Skype experience

We would love to hear all about your Mystery Skype adventures and help your pupils become a part of the global learning community. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or if you need help finding a Mystery Skype partner! Share your stories with us on Twitter or use the #MysterySkype hashtag. You can also send us a message on Facebook with a photo or a video.

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