What is Skype?
Skype is free downloadable software that allows individuals to talk or video conference with others from around the world. There are many ways teachers can use Skype to connect their students to the world and open many possibilities for learning.
Ways Skype can be used in the Classroom
Tools to Use With Skype
Skype can be integrated cross-curricularly in a variety of ways in the classroom. The following list was adapted from Think Online Smart Tutor,
1. Interview authors, scientists or even astronauts and other amazing individuals from around the world.
2. Collaborate with classrooms, businesses and more in cross-curricular projects.
3. Explore a volcano, rainforest, or history museum in virtual fieldtrips with experts in the field or even share your field trip experiences with others.
4. Practice conversational foreign languages with those who speak the language.
5. Invite a guest lecturer from leading educators and experts from anywhere in the world.
6. Explore foreign cultures first hand with classroom to classroom video conferencing.
7. Broadcast a performance or project to parents and families unable to make it to school.
8. Participate in Mystery Skype to engage students.
9. Conduct a discussion about books, as in a Digital Book Club with students from another school.
10. Collaborate with innovative educators to plan units, lessons, or participate in online webinars.
The following is a collection of tools which include suggestions from, Think Online Smart Tutor in how to integrate digital technology in the classroom to increase collaboration and communication.
Learn About Global Issues
A few of the following are sites from Think Online Smart Tutor in how to get started with global projects to engage students.
Making Connections With Skype
Join Skype in the classroom to connect with other teachers or experts around the globe. Get involved in a global project or experiment....Find partners for Mystery Skype. There are tons of choices. To join it's free and easy to navigate the website.