Tag: Skype in the Classroom

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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

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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

Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Nicole Ponsford giving a talk.

From teacher to technology expert, she built a career path for herself

Nicole Ponsford, a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert, has etched a uniquely tech-centric career path for herself. Not only has she spent more than a decade working in schools as an award-winning AST, school leader and examiner, but she’s also the creative director and co-founder of global edtech consultancy TechnoTeachers. Nicole also co-authored TechnoTeaching, a... Read more

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The Skype call that inspired a student’s career

It’s not always obvious in the moment, but when we look back we can often point to meaningful conversations that brought us to where we are today. Let me tell you about one call that changed a student’s path. During last year's Skype-a-Thon, an event in which students across the world rack up virtual miles as they visit other classrooms through Skype, my class was given... Read more

MIE Expert Steve Auslander posing with a smiling student.

Using Skype to expand minds and classrooms

Steve Auslander is an Indianapolis-based 5th grade teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, and a Skype Master Teacher who says tools like social media and Skype have revolutionized his teaching, and inspired his students to stand up for causes they believe in. “We can completely break down the four walls of our classroom and connect our students with experts and... Read more