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Engaging 21st-century learners with Skype in the Classroom

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As an educator, Megan Lipinczyk knows it’s tough to compete with what engages her students outside of the classroom. Megan fills her classroom with guest speakers, Mystery Skype adventures, and virtual field trips to encourage student engagement and enhance her lessons. We recently spoke with Megan about how Skype...

Skype in the Classroom

Skype: a powerful tool that brings the world into the classroom

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Today’s blog post is brought to you by Nam Ngo Thanh, a primary school teacher in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Nam has been recognized as a Microsoft Master Trainer, Skype Master Teacher and Microsoft Teacher Ambassador. He works passionately to develop creative approaches to deliver quality education to...

Human Differences project

Teaching students empathy and understanding with Skype in the Classroom

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In today’s post, Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts and Skype Master Teachers Koen Timmers (Belgium) and Tammy Dunbar (USA) share how they’ve developed a global collaborative project to teach students empathy and understanding. The Human Differences project, covered 3 UN Sustainable Development Goals, all 21st Century Skills and more. Students...

Yoga Gets Even More Flexible with Skype in the Classroom

Yoga Gets Even More Flexible with Skype in the Classroom

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Pencils, protractors and playtime aren’t exactly the first things that people think about when they hear the word yoga. But for the 50 classrooms in kindergartens and schools across the United States, that’s just the case. Thanks to Skype in the Classroom, dozens of teachers have been able to...

Celebrating Those Who Upgrade Their World, One Conversation at A Time

Celebrating Those Who Upgrade Their World, One Conversation at A Time

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Microsoft has kicked off a campaign for the Windows 10 launch celebrating how people are upgrading their world in ways big and small. In that same spirit, we wanted to take a moment to honor some of many ways people are using Skype every day to make a difference in...

A Thread of Confidence – A Skype Conversation with Kids

A Thread of Confidence – A Skype Conversation with Kids

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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....

Palestine Refugee Students from Syria Rise Above Borders Through Skype

Palestine Refugee Students from Syria Rise Above Borders Through Skype

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“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...

From Video Blogging to Violin Teaching, How Do You Use Skype in Savvy Ways?

From Video Blogging to Violin Teaching, How Do You Use Skype in Savvy Ways?

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All of you prove to us time after time (and in ways that wow us every day) that Skype has many purposes, suits every passion, and that it’s for each and every person to do with it, well, anything they can think of, really. And so the Skype Savvy...

Tackling Climate Change: One Student at a Time

Tackling Climate Change: One Student at a Time

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This past fall, I found myself in a tiny school in the South Pacific surrounded by thirty giggling elementary school students. I was on a journalistic assignment to the Pacific island nation of Kiribati with my partner, award-winning photojournalist Gianluca Panella. It was the beginning of our special journey to the...

Kiribati Calling

Kiribati Calling

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Brian Healy is a middle school science teacher who recently hosted a call between his classroom and another group of students in Kiribati. Even in the excitement-addled days preceding Halloween, this particular lesson was one his students wouldn’t soon forget. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZvTPJ6PRb4 What started out as a typical Thursday for...

Uniting Classrooms around the World with Skype and Literacy

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...

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