Category Archives: skype in the classroom

Going global with learning projects and finding the right tool to help

After more than 11 years of experience, my concept of teaching has changed a lot. When I started in education, I thought teaching meant providing knowledge from textbooks to students. But thanks to working with fellow Microsoft Innovative Educators, I am energized to do more than provide knowledge. Now I want to inspire learning and future-ready skills, right here from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

A photograph of Nam Ngo Thanh, an MIE Fellow and Microsoft Teacher Ambassador in Ho Chi Minh City, VietnamDigital collaboration and co-creation is a must-have skill in today’s global economy. To this end, I participate in many projects with other educators around the globe and help develop 21st Century skills for students.… Visit the author's original post

“Innovation is not trying something too strange and new. It is returning to your old places, using Microsoft tools to inspire students, making things more productive and organizing a better community.” – Tran Thi Thuy, Vietnam

Tran Thi Thuy
English Language Teacher, MIE Expert
Duc Hop Upper Secondary School
Hung Yen Province/Vietnam

Educators overcome obstacles every day to ensure their students get the best education possible. For Tran Thi Thuy, that meant bringing her own network connection to her rural Vietnam classroom. It also meant investing in her own career so that she could take her teaching to the next level.

In just one year, Tran completed courses in 21st Century Learning Design, Teaching with Technology, Teaching with Technology Basics and MIE Trainer Academy Learning Path through Microsoft in Education.… Visit the author's original post

How to bring the world to your students and support sustainable development

The United Nations is dedicated to promoting cooperation and collaboration at local and global levels, which means it’s fundamentally aligned with what we hope to achieve in modern education. Established in 1945, the UN has dedicated efforts to maintaining world peace, promoting human rights, and protecting the spaces of our world, including our environment.

In 2015, the UN set an agenda in support of sustainable development by the year 2030. Seventeen goals – the Sustainable Development Goals – offer the direction for positive change for people and planet.… Visit the author's original post

An educator’s playful plan to bring true technology integration to the classroom

Jason Holt teaches students how to build games. As an instructional technology specialist, his game design course is a playful piece in a serious plan to connect students – along with his fellow teachers and administrators – to what technology can truly bring to the classroom. And based on the results he’s seeing, this Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert is well on his way to making a difference.

Jason teaches Game Programming and Design, a junior and senior-level computer science course at Newman International Academy in Arlington, Texas (a Microsoft School).… Visit the author's original post

“Encouraging our students, listening to them, mentoring and guiding them has an incredible impact on their lives.” – Jason Holt, USA 

Jason Holt
Instructional Technology Specialist
Newman International Academy of Arlington
Arlington, Texas USA

Jason Holt, an instructional technology specialist and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, sees success stories every day. In addition to teaching Computer Science classes, including Windows Programming in C# with Visual Studio 2015, this year alone, he has effectively rolled out school-wide programs using OneNote, Skype in the Classroom, and Skype for Business.

But one student in particular has made a major impact on Holt’s teaching – and his life.… Visit the author's original post

“Through Skype in the Classroom, I can not only take my children to places they would never be able to visit, but I can also empower them to make a difference in the world.” – Kristy Griffin, UK

Kristy Griffin
Year 3 Teacher/Computing Curriculum Lead
Bolsover Church of England Junior School
Derbyshire, UK

After attending Microsoft’s E2 Educator Exchange last year, Kristy Griffin returned to her classroom inspired to do more. This MIE Expert was already using technology to engage her students – she calls herself a full-fledged OneNote Avenger – but she discovered a new opportunity with Skype in the Classroom.

“Through a recent Skype Virtual Field Trip with the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB), my children were able to adopt a penguin whom they named Oreo, and are now collecting bottle caps in class to save seabirds,” Griffin explains.… Visit the author's original post

Celebrate World Book Day with a live author visit via Skype!


We all know the importance of literacy skills, but how can you really bring this to life for students? Why not invite an author, illustrator, or writer live into your classroom via Skype and let the magic begin?

Join the fun and celebrate the World Book Day with live connections through the Microsoft Educator Community of which Skype in the Classroom is a part of. There are over 200 authors waiting to hear from you! All Skype activities are FREE and an opportunity to break down the walls of your classrooms and inspire the next generation, no matter where you are in the world.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft in Education: Upcoming Webinars and On-Demand Content

This year, Microsoft in Education are laying on a variety of different webinars of a diverse series of topics, all hosted by teachers and experts from all over the UK. They are all free to join, so register for as many as you’d like, and learn new tricks and trips to apply in your classroom! Don’t worry if you can’t make the live session at the time, as all of our webinars are being recorded, and will be  available on demand afterwards.Visit the author's original post

Day Three @ BETT 2017 – Surface Studio, Microsoft Whiteboard and more…

Three down, one to go… Hang in there! But what an exhibition it has been so far! It was another busy day on the Microsoft Stand and adjoining Partner Campus, with many other engaging activities dotted around the whole exhibition floor.

Earlier this morning Jonathan Bishop – head teacher of Microsoft Showcase School Broadclyst Community Primary, and founder of the Global Enterprise Challenge – delivered a Future Gazing session in the School Leaders Summit around Developing a Digital Academy.

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Microsoft School Event @ Welham Boys’ School


Welham Boys’ School, Dehradun in partnership with De Pedagogics, would like to invite your teachers to Microsoft School Event for a walk through and hands-on experience of Microsoft enabled learning environment on January 25th, 2017.

This is a training event for the educators designed to give them an insight into the latest trends in education. The focus being, ‘Teaching with technology using Microsoft tools’ to enhance their ability to create, share, collaborate, and present information both inside and outside of the classroom using OneNote, Sway, Forms and OfficeMix.Visit the author's original post

MEC Monday: Three Nations Skype-a-thon challenge


For this week’s MEC Monday blog post, we are of course going to take another look at the global #Skypeathon that starts tomorrow, and see some of the different ways you can get involved!

Last year students and educators all over the world travelled millions of virtual miles together, as they connected via Skype to other classrooms, and more about their languages, cultures, weather, geography, and so much more. There is still time for your school to join in this fantastic event, and some extra special unique elements for UK participants to explore…

Microsoft Educator Community UK: Three Nations Skype-a-thon challenge

Teachers in Wales, Scotland and England: Take part in our challenge with your school and classroom to be part of an unforgettable journey!

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MEC Monday: Technology Guest Speakers for Hour of Code

Last week for our MEC Monday blog post we looked ahead to the upcoming #Skypeathon (November 29th & 30th – mark your calendars!) by exploring the Skype in the Classroom Personal Development Webinar, hosted by Skype Master Teacher and MIE Expert Jed Dearybury. The webinar took place last week, but the recording is now available on the same page within the Microsoft Educator Community.

This week, we’re once again going to preview and upcoming global event by looking at some of the supporting materials that can be found on the MEC, and showing you how to get involved.

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MEC Monday: Skype in the Classroom Professional Development Webinar

This month sees the return of the global #Skypeathon, taking place between on November 29th and 30th, connecting classrooms and students from all over the world as together they travel millions of virtual miles to take part in Skype Lessons, Mystery Skype, Virtual Field Trips, and to hear from guest speakers.

But before then, teachers yet to use Skype in the Classroom have a great opportunity to familiarise themselves with this hugely popular learning tool through a Professional Development Webinar, which is our focus for this week’s MEC Monday blog post.… Visit the author's original post

MEC Monday: Mission 8848 – take your class to Mount Everest

For this week’s ‘MEC Monday’ blog post we’re highlighting some of the learning activities from the Microsoft Educator Community that schools can take part in next year around an expedition to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Mission 8848 to Everest – Mark Wood

Mark WoodIn 2013 explorer Mark Wood attempted a 72 day expedition to ascend Mount Everest. The remarkable part of this journey was that he connected to over 10,000 school children worldwide using mobile technology from the extremes of the mountain and in real time, making Everest one of the most incredible and inspiring classrooms in the world.

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Register for the Global Education #Skypeathon – November 29th & 30th


Next month sees the return of the hugely popular Skype-a-thon! Last year, teachers and students from all around the world covered over 3 million ‘virtual miles’ during the 48 hour global event, and this year we’re hoping to beat that record!

There are a number of ways in which you and you students can take part in the Global Education Skype-a-thon on November 29th and 30th, with thousands of activities available through the Microsoft Educator Community and Skype in the Classroom.Visit the author's original post

How the restructured Educator Community better supports educators

We’re pleased to share the news of updates to the Microsoft Educator Community, based on feedback from you – the users! The site itself has undergone a significant makeover, with a new layout and structure designed to better support educators around the world.

Packed full of fantastic teacher resources such as lesson plans, CPD course, quick tip videos, badges, discussions and the hugely popular Skype in the Classroom virtual fieldtrips, the Microsoft Educator Community is everything a teacher needs to develop, all in one place.… Visit the author's original post

Skype in the Classroom – September Picks from the Microsoft Educator Community


As schools up and down the land are heading back for the start of the academic year, teachers and students of all ages will be settling into their routines and rolling their sleeves up for another term of work. And as it’s a new month, we are also able to share some more of the top picks for the Skype in the Classroom sessions available through the Microsoft Educator Community.

With content coming from some of our very own UK MIEEs (Paul Watkins and Iro Stefopoulou), there’s plenty to be found in this month’s Sway:

  • If you are looking for ways to use Skype in the Classroom in your class, read our Teacher’s Guide and find how to integrate it in your curriculum.
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Back to School with Microsoft: Student focused, teacher inspired innovation with Office 365 Education

The following originally appeared on the Official Microsoft Blog last week, and provides further detail on a number of new Education features for the new school year that can be found across a variety of Microsoft technologies available to educators and students.


Back to School with Microsoft: Student focused, teacher inspired innovation with Office 365 Education

Posted August 18, 2016August 18, 2016 By

Microsoft is “All In” for Education. Today, we’re highlighting some exciting new features of Office 365 Education for the upcoming school year – Microsoft Classroom, School Data Sync, Microsoft Forms, OneNote ink and Learning Tools.… Visit the author's original post

Guest post from Teacher Ambassador Natalie Burgess – Back to School with Microsoft

With the following post we’d like to formally welcome one of our new Teacher Ambassadors to the Microsoft UK Education team! Many of you will have come across Natalie Burgess before, as she has been as #MIEExpert for a number of years, and ran sessions in the Showcase Classroom section of our stand at BETT 2016.

Ahead of the new academic year, Natalie has written a short blog post offering some ideas for how teachers can use technology to get to know their new students – and help the students get to know each other.Visit the author's original post

Microsoft Educator Community – Skype Lesson Highlights: August 2016

It may be the summer holidays, but that doesn’t mean that teachers are resting on their laurels. Of course, a well-earned rest is necessary for all, but the mind will want to remain active, and educators up and down the land will no doubt be giving some thought to the next academic year.

The Microsoft Educator Community is host to a broad range of resources, lesson plans, activities and teacher CPD courses, freely available to educators all over the world. Much of the content is created by members of the #MIEExpert community, with many of them running Skype in the Classroom sessions that connect with educators from every corner of the globe.

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Summer Pathshala 2016 Recordings

Thank you to 250 educators who joined the Summer Pathshala sessions #YOUKEEPMEGOING

here are the recordings of all the 4 sessions for everyone to view:

Virtual Classroom: This webinar provides ways to use Skype in variety of ways to enhance your teaching and learning experience.

Presenters: Meenakshi Uberoi & Jyoti Chaba

Recording Link:

Class notebook: This webinar presents how to create Innovative lesson plans using OneNote

Presenters: Meenakshi Uberoi & Jyoti Chaba

Recording Link:

Link to assignment:

Remixed Stories: This webinar teaches you how to create interactive Presentation/ Story using Sway and Office Mix

Presenters: Meenakshi Uberoi & Jyoti Chaba

Recording Link:

Gamelab: This webinar helps you learn how to use Kodu to create excitement in the classrooms

Presenters: Meenakshi Uberoi & Jyoti Chaba

Recording Link:

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Summer Pathshala Session 1 & 2

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For those who missed, here are the recordings of the first two sessions. Follow the 4-step process:

VIEW this: Session 1 – Virtual Classroom
VIEW this: Session 2 – Digital Notebook
Do the Assignment: make a lesson plan in ‪#‎OneNote‬ for a ‪#‎Skype‬ in the Classroom session. Link to assignment:
Next, submit, send us a message with a link to your assignment on‪#‎Yammer‬ Microsoft Innovative Educator community using‪#‎classroomdiversity‬, so that we can track you.
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Summer Pathshala 2016


Request you to please register for Summer Pathshala using this link:


 Prior to joining this session request you to please create an outlook account, in case you don’t have a Hotmail or outlook account already, using this link: . Please reach out to us in case there are any questions around this. Also, please use the outlook Id to create a profile on our educator community, using this link: in case you are not there already.

Sharing with you details of all the four sessions with you with the links to join the sessions:



Session 1:

TOPIC:     Skype: opening windows to the world

DATE:      ‪08/06/2016

TIME:  ‪    4:00 pm – 5:00 pm IST

PRESENTER:  Meenakshi Uberoi, Founding    Director De Pedagogics & Jyoti Chaba, Co-Founder, De Pedagogics

Webinar Details: This workshop provides ways to use Skype in variety of ways to enhance your teaching and learning experience.

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Celebrate #WorldTurtleDay with your class using the Microsoft Educator Community

Today is #WorldTurtleDay, and to help you mark the occasion there are some fantastic resources and activities to be found within the Microsoft Educator Community.

Studying wildlife and the natural world is a great way for young children to be introduced to and gain an understanding of a number of different topic areas, from the biological study of the animals themselves, to sustainability and conservation, geography and environmental issues, weather and climate, different cultures around the world, and many more themes and disciplines in between.… Visit the author's original post

How to start your CPD with the Microsoft Educator Community

If you are a frequent reader of the blog, you may have seen many of our posts recently referring to the Microsoft Educator Community. This digital community is your one-stop shop for everything you may need for teacher training and CPD, combining experience of the Microsoft Educator Network and Skype in the Classroom.  This site is a central destination where you’ll have access to over 1.5 million educators around the world, a fresh selection of professional development courses and resources, thousands of inspiring lesson plans, and access to live lessons and virtual field trips.… Visit the author's original post

3 Transformational Learning Activities

Often we hear about how technology is going to transform education. The world isn't the same as it used to be. Information is no longer expensive or difficult to obtain, so it makes sense that we should be helping learners develop ways to use and create knowledge rather than memorize it. Now that the entirety of human knowledge fits into one's pocket, it's time to prepare students for a world in which they will be expected to innovate, create, and solve complex problems.… Visit the author's original post

Students and educators cover 3 million miles in two days during Skype-a-Thon

Thousands of educators, guest speakers and students travelled the world December 3 and 4 to celebrate learning without borders, holding calls all over the world. By calculating the 'virtual miles', the connections made during the Skype-athon, over 3 million miles were covered by Skype.

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Skype in the Classroom Lessons Inspire Global Citizens

After two years of working as a curriculum coach, helping teachers and students find really incredible learning experiences, I have switched roles this year.  For the first time in my 19 year career I am teaching 3rd-5th grade science.  In many ways this is a dream job for me. My philosophy that learners should be encouraged to wonder, experiment, learn from failure, and connect with others around the world fit perfectly in an elementary science lab.  Since I am in the same school, I have the added benefit of working with students who have learned with me for the past two years.… Visit the author's original post

Northampton Primary Schools Collaborating on BBC Earth Enchanted Kingdom Project Based Learning

Many of you will be familiar with the 'Enchanted Kingdom' from our blog series earlier this year that looked at the various chapters of the educational eBook based upon the BBC Earth film of the same name.

Recently, schools within the Northampton Primary Academy Trust have been working together on a series of project based learning initiatives based upon the Enchanted Kingdom eBook. The ambitious cross-academy collaboration is being driven by Tom Rees, head teacher at Simon de Senlis School, and sees students and teachers from the six schools that comprise the trust working through the tasks and lesson plans contained within the eBook via a series of project based learning activities, as well as coming up with some of their own ideas inspired by their journey through the Enchanted Kingdom.… Visit the author's original post

Bringing the world into your classroom, updates to Sway and OneNote – all in the MIE Minute

The MIE Minute newsletter was sent out to our Expert Educators all over the world last week, and we’re pleased to be able to share some of the items included within it to our wider education audience.

For those of you unfamiliar with the MIE Minute, it is an email publication sent out to our MIE Experts on a bimonthly basis, including various items of content and activities that they, as Microsoft Expert Educators can act upon to help not only their own students and immediate colleagues, but other teachers in their local area and, through digital channels such as social media, the broader global education community.… Visit the author's original post