Year 5/6 Classroom Teacher
St Therese’s Catholic Primary School
Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert Blair Smith says that traveling with his parents as a child opened his eyes to the opportunities available to those with the desire to pursue their dreams. But at the small rural school where he teaches, he found that most students had never even left Central Queensland, let alone the country.
Then Skype changed everything.
“When I discovered Skype in the Classroom,” Smith explains, “I knew this would change the way I teach.… Visit the author's original post
PraxisMittelSchule PH Wien
Connecting her students to new classrooms and experiences is a big part of Susanna Jilka’s mission.
“It’s a small world – isn’t it? Every child deserves an education!,” Jilka says. “I like to work with other students from around the world, so we do a lot of Skype calls to gain knowledge, to share our work, to collaborate and to experience that education is the window to our future.”
Jilka sees many benefits to building these connections for her class, from seeing how other students learn to improving their English skills.… Visit the author's original post
Year 3 Teacher/Computing Curriculum Lead
Bolsover Church of England Junior School
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