TechnoGranny uses Skype to create a Classroom in the Sky

This week, eleven South African teachers, are attending the E2 Education Exchange in Singapore. This prestigious conference brings together over 300 innovative teachers from around the world to share their best practices and to learn more about how to use Microsoft technologies in the Classroom. Phuti Ragophala, a Microsoft Fellow and passionate advocate of using technology to enhance teaching and learning, was selected to present a session on how she uses Skype to break down the walls and bring the wo...

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Two Skype activities to try out this month – Mystery Skype and World Read Aloud Day

Submitted by Fiona Beal There are many exciting ways to bring the world into your classroom in a our global age, and using Microsoft Skype is one of these. Using Skype in the classroom is a great way to flatten the classroom walls and connect with others around the world. In this post I”ll mention two exciting ways in which you can use this free online video tool, Skype, in your classroom this month. The great thing is that Microsoft provides all the necessary support to get you going! Mystery Sk...

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Attention SA teachers! Would you like your class to skype with Zoaib Hoosen, MD of Microsoft in the annual Skypeathon? Read on…

An exciting offer from Microsoft Microsoft’s Annual Skype-a-thon on 29th or 30th November. You can find more details about it at www.skypeathon.com. One of the exciting offers from Microsoft is: Microsoft is looking for a class in South Africa that would like a Skype Session with Zoaib Hoosen, MD for Microsoft South Africa, as part of this event. Exciting! This would be a 30 minute event. Interested? Zoab will skype with one lucky class! In the comment box in this Facebook post on the Micros...

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Teachers – join Microsoft for Skype-a-Thon 2016 on 29th and 30th November

Here is a message from Microsoft: “At Microsoft, we believe a powerful way to learn is from each other and if we can connect classrooms, we can change the world. That’s why we’re empowering students and educators around the globe to do just that. On November 29th and 30th Microsoft is hosting a Global Education Skype-a-Thon. Over the 48 hours, classrooms will connect to other classrooms and guest speakers around the world using Skype and contribute to help reach the goal t...

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MIEExpert Spotlight #15: Karen Stadler talks about her recent participation in a 24-hour global Skype marathon

This is the fifteenth post in the series “MIEExpert Spotlight for South Africa”. The tab with all the posts can be found at: http://bit.ly/1ZYy8Z7. Today we focus again on Karen Stadler, our South African Skype guru, who is the Senior Primary Technology Integration Specialist at Elkanah House Senior Primary in Cape Town. She is also a 2016 Microsoft MIEExpert Educator. Karen is well known globally especially for her Travelling Rhino project and her award-winning wiki. In 2015 Karen repres...

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MIEExpert Spotlight #9: Karen Stadler from Cape Town talks about her use of Skype in the classroom

This is the sixth post in the series “MIEExpert Spotlight for South Africa”. The tab with all the posts can be found at:  http://bit.ly/1ZYy8Z7. Today we focus on Karen Stadler who is the Senior Primary Technology Integration Specialist at Elkanah House Senior Primary in Cape Town. She is also a 2016 Microsoft MIEExpert Educator. Karen is well known globally especially for her Travelling Rhino project and her award-winning wiki. In 2015 Karen represented South Africa at the Microsoft Gl...

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The 2015 Microsoft Global Skypeathon is over but what an achievement!

Yes, the Microsoft Global Skypeathon is over but what an achievement! In the last couple of weeks Microsoft has been advertising this great event on all its social media platforms. The planned date was the 3rd and 4th December. The goal was that Microsoft’s Global Skype-a-Thon would attempt to travel a million virtual miles during the two day event! It seemed an ambitious goal. However the final result was 3 million miles over the two days! That’s 120 times around the world in 2 days! If you go t...

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South African teachers please follow the Microsoft Global Skype-a-thon on Dec 3 and Dec 4 2015 – hashtag #skypathon

A message from Microsoft South Africa ”At Microsoft, we believe a powerful way to learn is from each other.  That’s why we are hosting an event to empower students and educators around the globe to do just that. We will hosting a  Global Skype-a-Thon on December 3rd and 4th to celebrate learning without borders by hoping to reach a goal of one million virtual miles travelled in 48 hours. Everyone who participates in the Skype-a-thon will share their “travels” in a fun and creati...

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The wonders of Skype in connecting classes in Seattle in the USA and Hillcrest in South Africa

Submitted by Fiona Beal In July 2011 I was very privileged to attend the inaugural Microsoft Partner’s in Learning Institute in Seattle. Whilst there I connected with a virtual blogging friend, Julie Hembree, who visited me at my hotel. It is really exciting to meet virtual technology friends for the first time. Since then Julie has gone on to be an Edublogs winner with her amazing librarian blog, Bulldog Readers, plus a United States finalist in the Partners in Learning Global Forum held in Prague 201...

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Why not consider a ‘Mystery Skype’ session with your class this year?

Submitted by Fiona Beal with permission from Brenda Hallowes… This is a guest post from a Schoolnetter, Brenda Hallowes, who teaches ICT at Cotswold Preparatory School in Port Eizabeth. Brenda has a blog ‘Cotswold Lab Notes’ and when I read this post in November I asked her if I could use it as a guest post since it highlights the practice of ‘Mystery Skype’ in action. Mystery Skype can also be conducted using a Google hangout!  Brenda’s blog ‘Cotswold Lab N...

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