“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
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. “So not only is Skype a way in which I can make learning more meaningful for my children, but this simple technology allows me to empower them to make a difference.”
Griffin has since gotten her colleagues involved, and she’s more enthusiastic than ever about the potential for technology to get her students excited about learning.
“By using new technologies and connecting globally with other educators, experts and children who perhaps have an entirely different educational experience,” she says, “I believe can help open up their eyes to the real world and inspire them to achieve and be whatever they want to!”
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Learn more about Kristy Griffin — and check out her Introduction to OneNote lesson plan — on her Microsoft Educator Community profile.
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About Kristy Griffin
- Educational background: Five years as a Primary School Teacher. MIE Expert, Surface Expert and Skype Master Teacher.
- Favorite childhood memory: Family holidays.
- Favorite book: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
- Favorite Microsoft product, tool, technology: OneNote, Skype and my Surface.
- Website I check every day: Pinterest