Tag: Skypeathon

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

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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

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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

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What’s New in EDU: Celebrate learning without barriers with Skype-a-Thon, Microsoft Translator and Minecraft: Education Edition

Borders and barriers can’t slow us down in the November episode of What’s New in EDU, our monthly round-up of the latest efforts and products from Microsoft Education. In this episode: Students and educators from across the world get ready to unite for Skype-a-Thon, Microsoft Translator looks to improve communication in the classroom, and Minecraft: Education Edition... Read more

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Engaging students around the world with Skype in the Classroom and Skype-a-Thon: Connect with #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet on Nov. 21

The global Skype-a-Thon event is almost here, so we’re having no fewer than 16 Skype Master Teachers come together on November 21 to help everyone participate. Skype-a-Thon shows what can happen when students bring their ideas and passions together, no matter where their classrooms are. Through sharing stories and projects, playing games, and collaborating on similar... Read more