Tag: Skype in the Classroom


More than books: The Cultivate World Literacy project is empowering schools and students to reach new readers globally

The 126 million illiterate youth in the world today are looking at an almost certain life of poverty. This fact is what has driven my passion to give children books as much as I am able, and to travel to South Africa – twice so far - to make a difference. In my month as a volunteer teacher in Africa, I saw state-of-the-art schools. I also saw schools where children shared... Read more


Celebrate and help cultivate world literacy with new #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet on Feb. 20

With Literacy Month firmly in mind, we are inviting educators to join us online for a new #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet to celebrate and cultivate the literacy skills of students, locally and globally. Whether it's connecting students to real authors through Skype in the Classroom, or using technologies like Microsoft Learning Tools to improve their reading skills, there’s more... Read more


Connect with NYT best-selling authors Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver, and hundreds of writers for Skype in the Classroom’s Literacy Month

Today is World Read Aloud Day, signaling the start of Skype in the Classroom’s month-long celebration of reading, writing and storytelling. We are proud to work with LitWorld and our global publishing partners, Penguin Random House, Scholastic, Arbordale, Andersen Press, Candlewick and others to offer hundreds of free virtual visits from authors to classrooms. You can look... Read more


The school that went the extra 100,000 miles for Skype-a-Thon

If you asked a teacher to describe Skype-a-Thon, what would they say? And if you asked the same question to students, how would they answer? Though their experiences would be completely different, one word that could easily come from both parties is “magical.” There aren’t that many global educational events, especially ones which have as profound an impact as... Read more

Skype-a-Thon participation surges as educators use virtual connections to teach empathy, compassion and opportunity

When just one child is excited and curious to learn about the world, it’s an achievement.  When a whole classroom is engaged, it’s something worth celebrating. And when nearly half a million students from over 90 countries are captivated to share and learn together over 48 hours, it could be called an inspiration! On November 28th and 29th thousands of educators... Read more

A group of diverse students hold up posters that read, "I can change the world."

New survey shows U.S. educators increasingly turning to Skype to teach empathy and compassion

For years, pioneering educators have been embracing the Internet and video communications technology to expand the walls of their classroom. They are connecting their students with other cultures, races, religions and communities to help encourage thoughtful and compassion perspectives about the world. Now more than ever, we are finding that Skype is helping educators... Read more