News from Skype in the Classroom

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2015-06-16 19:16:00 UTC

Skype Partners with Entrepreneurs to Inspire the Next Generation!

Summer’s almost here but the learning doesn’t have to stop! Skype in the Classroom has partnered with hundreds of entrepreneurs to inspire your students to reach for the stars and think BIG this summer.

CEOs, presidents, and founders in different fields from across the globe are at your fingertips! Students can be face to face with top leaders ready to answer their questions and teach them important business skills. It just takes three easy steps to get involved:

1) Search for entrepreneur guest speakers based on your schedule

2) Set up a time for your Skype call

3) Fire up Skype and spark up a conversation!

Want to show your kids that anything is possible? Click here to learn more.

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2015-06-01 20:01:00 UTC

Today Show Honors Skype in the Classroom Teachers

Did you catch Skype in the Classroom on the Today Show this weekend?

Third grade students in Ardsley, NY met with Today Show host Erica Hill to show how they’re using Skype in the Classroom to make global connections! The students took a virtual journey to the Arctic with Digital Explorer Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop to learn about extreme climates, the landscape in the far north and more! After a thrilling trip, students tested their detective skills through a game of Mystery Skype with a fourth-grade class in Barcelona Spain; demonstrating Skype in the Classroom’s ability to help students overcome geographic, economic, and academic barriers.

The segment was a tribute to every teacher that uses Skype in the Classroom to enrich students’ lives. It honors teachers like YOU. Make sure you check it out right here!

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2015-05-29 19:04:00 UTC

“Born To Explore” Host Plays Epic Round of Mystery Skype

Microsoft teamed up with ABC’s Born to Explore to highlight how technology is transforming the way we explore – right from the classroom. After a thrilling game of Mystery Skype with host Richard Wiese, fifth graders in New York came face to face with the alligators of the Florida Everglades!

“Cheetahs and polar bears – what incredible creatures! I could watch them for hours. Equally amazing is the technology we use to bring those images to your home. What a great way to see the world. What a great way to learn,” said Wiese.

Missed the episode? Not to worry – you can check out thehighlights right here. Be sure to show your students!

2015-05-14 17:34:00 UTC

Star-crossed Middle Eastern actors used Skype for a one-of-a-kind performance of Romeo and Juliet!

Mixing traditional theater with modern technology, an innovative version of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” performed by Syrian teenagers offered a unique twist on the classic love story, with Skype at its center.

Although the war physically separated them, a group of young Syrian actors didn’t let it stand in their way. Four teenagers at a recovery center in Amman, Jordan, performed alongside actors living under siege in Homs, Syria. The action unfolded at the same time in each city, where a screen that faced the stage connected the actors and audiences via Skype!

The play inspired all who were involved and allowed the war-torn community to use art and technology as creative outlets. Learn moreabout this unique stage experience here.

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2015-04-27 22:06:00 UTC

TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie Shares Career Advice with Students via Skype!

How do business and giving go hand in hand? TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie sat down with students at TED 2015 via Skype to share his wisdom and business philosophy. His goal: to inspire the next generation of givers and social entrepreneurs to find their passion and give back. Help your students to make a difference in the world - check out Blake’s advice now!

Skype’s partnership with TOMS has made it easy to bring the spirit of learning and giving right to your classroom! There are two ways you can get involved:

  1. Join the conversation and tell us how you inspire the next generation of global citizens using #SkypeTOMSNextGen.

  2. Use Skype in the Classroom to connect your students with TOMS Giving Partners around the world. Learn more here!

2015-03-20 23:48:00 UTC

Skype Partners with TOMS to Inspire the Next Gen at TED 2015!

This week, Skype in the Classroom traveled to Vancouver to take part in TED2015! It was a fantastic experience filled with some of the world’s top visionaries sharing their ideas and innovative thinking. From surf photographer Chris Burkard to groundbreaking DJ Mark Ronson, there was no shortage of fascinating guest speakers discussing their unique experiences and insights. For Skype in the Classroom, the most exciting development was the unveiling of our new partnership with TOMS. The goal: to inspire the next generation of givers and social entrepreneurs!

It’s easy to get involved! Simply add “TOMSInspiresNextGen” to your Skype contact list and tell us how you are encouraging your students to change the world. Then visit skypeinspiresnextgen.com to hear some of the most thought-provoking talks at TED2015 and access exciting new lessons to motivate your class into action!

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2015-03-12 00:45:00 UTC

Inspire Literacy One Block at a Time With MinecraftEdu!

Do your students love Minecraft? Bring their enthusiasm for this groundbreaking game into the classroom via Skype with MinecraftEdu! A school-ready remix of the original game, MinecraftEdu offers additional features that make it more useful – and appropriate – for an educational setting. Over 4,500 teachers in 40+ countries have used it to teach all kinds of subjects, from STEM to languages, history and art!

Now, as part of the Skype Inspires Literacy campaign, we are partnering with MinecraftEdu to deliver literacy-based lessons around the world. Check out our list of opportunities and watch your students’ imaginations and literacy skills soar! Check to see availability on each lesson page as we expect sessions to fill up quickly!​

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2015-03-02 16:34:00 UTC

Turn Your Classroom Into a Publishing House!

Now your students can become bona fide authors with the brand new Chekhov Story Author Tool. This unique, kid-friendly e-book creator, available through Skype in the Classroom, sparks creativity and teaches collaboration skills. Your class can brainstorm story topics and then establish teams of writers, image makers and readers, who will record their voices. The finished project is just the beginning! Set up calls with other classrooms to share your work of art, create virtual pen pals and exchange ideas for future stories.

Ready to create your first e-book? Click here to learn more.

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2015-03-02 16:28:00 UTC

Skype Inspires Literacy with a Little Help from Some Friends

The world is full of stories...which ones have your students heard? In an effort to bring literacy fueled lessons to classrooms all over the globe, Skype in the Classroom has teamed up with a bevy of partners all with unique tales to tell.

These include SANCCOB, Penguin Young Readers and Lion Aid, among many others – inspiring students to go beyond the four walls of their classrooms to gain a deeper understanding of literacy. The options are endless: enjoy a read aloud session with a South African penguin or heroic fire safety dog, bring stories to life through The Very Hungry Caterpillar yoga class, solve magical mysteries with the Night Zookeeper, or learn how to write poems, science nonfiction or fantasy novels with real authors.

These lessons are easily accessed and arranged through theSkype in the Classroom site, but be sure to act fast! Spots go quickly! To get your class involved,choose from the many literacy lessons available here.

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2015-02-27 22:45:00 UTC

Are Your Students Ready to Answer The Big Question?

How do you spark your class’ curiosity? As part of our Skype Inspires Literacy program, we are partnering with School in the Cloud to bring students an exciting new initiative designed to inspire creativity and collaboration.

The Big Question challenges students to investigate some of today’s most thought-provoking topics – from “what life looks like on Mars” to “what would happen if computers suddenly disappeared”. Every day a new question will be posed to challenge your big thinkers. Then students can search for their answers and your class can return with a point of view. The questions aren’t easy, but they inspire critical thinking, expand perceptions and might even spark a bit of debate!

Think your class has all the answers? View the first video from Sugata Mitra here and join the fun!

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