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Skype in the classroom forges student connections

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

If you or your kids have friends or relatives in far away places, it’s likely that you’ve used Skype or another video-conferencing program to connect and catch up from the comfort of your computer. Maybe you’ve even done a virtual job interview or met a potential roommate this way at some point in your life–seeing someone face-to-face can really say it all.

With Skype in the classroom, students and teachers from around the world have been able to connect with one another to learn about each other’s backgrounds, discuss current events, form friendships, and more–all during a normal school day. Teachers can share lesson plans and collaborate using the Skype in the classroom website, and they can also arrange for students to chat with guest speakers representing various fields who can provide job advice and insight to the next generation.

In a fun twist, classes can also chose to “Mystery Skype” by playing a version of 20 questions in which they take turns trying to determine each other’s geographic location. When students wish to chat with peers who would be difficult to reach because of time zone differences, they can leave a video message for the far away class to watch the next day.

In an age of Snapchats and video games, it’s refreshing to see students enjoy technology that’s not only fun but educational. Teachers: do you want to become a part of Skype in the classroom? Get started here!

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Happy Father’s Day! Win a Skype Blu-ray Prize Pack!

Sunday, June 19th, 2011



Haven’t upgraded from DVDs yet? Here’s your chance! The Panasonic Full HD 3D Blu-ray Player has lots of fantastic features, including the ability to play movies in 3D and to turn your TV into video chat with a simple touch of the Skype button on the remote.

On top of that, we’re also throwing in three of the newest releases from HBO to get your Blu-ray library started. Check them out:



True Blood: The Complete Third Season

When It Was A Game: The Complete Collection

Note of warning: This prize pack could turn your living room into a “man cave.”  Make him happy, and enter anyway by posting a comment below from now through 11:59 EST on June 26th. One winner will be selected in a random drawing. For the full rules, click here. And Goody luck!

UPDATE: This contest is now closed.

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Happy Mother’s Day! Contests

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

In celebration of Mother’s Day, we’re turning this most sacred holiday into a week-long blog party. From now through May 16th, you have a chance to win a fabulous prize pack for yourself or the lady in your life. And we have something awesome for every type of mom: For the techie, a Toshiba netbook computer; for the shopping diva, a $100 gift card; for the social-networker, a Skype webcam and group calling voucher; and for the domestic goddess, a Hoover vacuum. To enter, make sure to post a comment in each of the individual giveaways by clicking on the images below. Goody luck!

UPDATE: THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. Come back soon for more great giveaways.

laptopzulily Gift CardFreetalk HD WebcamUH70600_LGlam

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Mother’s Day Contest: Win a Skype Webcam Prize Pack!

Sunday, May 8th, 2011





Didn’t get to catch up with everyone you wanted to this Mother’s Day? We can help! Now you can video chat with multiple people at once, thanks to Skype’s Group Video Calling service. One lucky winner will get a three-month free voucher to make calls anywhere in the world and a Skype-certified Freetalk Everyman HD Webcam. For a chance to snag this prize pack, post a comment below by May 16th. We’ll pick a the winner in a random drawing. Read the full rules here.

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