Tag: Skype

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

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

Skype-a-Thon is running from November 28 through November 29. Open hearts. Open minds.

Join us for Skype-a-Thon: Microsoft’s global event on Nov. 28-29 aiming to unite nearly half a million students

Our annual Skype-a-Thon is here again, connecting thousands of classrooms to help open hearts and open minds. In our increasingly complex world this could not be more important. The students of today represent our hope for a better tomorrow. They are building our future. This annual event is a celebration of the power of connecting students to each other globally, and an... Read more

Microsoft Innovative Educator Koen Timmers speaking on stage.

This computer science teacher is bringing 250 schools together to learn about climate change

There’s a global issue currently at the top of mind for Koen Timmers, rising above the many projects you would expect one of the world’s top 50 teachers to be juggling. His latest labor of love is the Climate Action Project – a digital group project where 250 schools in 69 countries work together to learn about climate change. As they work on the project, students... Read more

Students holding up posters for each UN Sustainable Development Goal.

What the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals mean for your curriculum

When you’re dedicated to teaching children something positive and offering them hope for the future, something that encourages real action, you’re already taking the first, important steps to teaching the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.   What are the SDGs?   SDGs stands for “Sustainable Development Goals.” They are a set of 17 goals,... Read more