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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Skype in the Classroom


One question that was asked repeatedly as part of my Everything's Intermediate Virtual Teaching Expo presentation, Integrating Technology Into Your Classroom, was concerning Skype. Teachers wanted to know how to find classes and experts to connect with through Skype.

Skype is an online service that allows users to make video and voice calls for free. Skype has great potential for use in the classroom.  It provides an avenue to invite guests from all over the world to speak to our students.  Using Skype to connect with experts, authors, researchers, other students, professionals, etc. allows our students the opportunity to meet and communicate with others using 21st century learning tools. Once you set up a free account and connect a webcam, you are ready to go.

Where do you find other users to connect with? Below you will find a list of ways of gathering connections.
  1. Skype in the Classroom-Explore collaboration projects submitted by other teachers. Find one that interests you, and respond to the project. Also, you can create your own project. You will be amazed at the number of replies you can receive.
  2. Skype in Schools-This wiki allows you to search by state, grade level, or project. 
  3. Authors Who Skype-This site offers a list of authors who will Skype with your classroom for free or a small charge.
  4. Simply Ask-If you are interested in Skyping with other classrooms, put a call out on your blog, Facebook, Edmodo, etc. Email teacher friends from other communities or states. You are sure to connect with another group. If you are looking for an expert to speak to your class, email them. I have had a meteorologist that visited Antarctica and a park ranger from Yosemite National Park talk to my students through Skype. I sent them an email, and they gladly responded. The students love the experience of meeting others outside their school walls.
{Here} is a great article I found on using Skype in the Classroom. It outlines 50 Awesome Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom. If you are interested with Skyping with my 4th graders, please comment below. We have learned so much through Skype and would love to help you get started.


~Cara
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