Have you been wanting to use Skype to connect to other classrooms in the world but don’t know where to start? If so, there is now a website for you – Skype in the Classroom!
From their About page:
“Skype in the classroom is a free online directory for teachers everywhere who want to use Skype to bring education to life.
Teachers all over the world are using Skype to make learning more exciting and memorable. It’s easy to see why: Skype offers an immediate way to help students discover new cultures, languages and ideas, all without leaving the classroom.
Cultural exchange: Introduce your students to new ways of seeing the world with a cultural exchange between your class and another classroom anywhere in the world.
Language skills: Bring language to life with real-life conversations where students can practice a new language with a class of native speakers, or help English learners practice their skills.
Discovery: Try mystery Skype calls, where classes connect online and give clues to help each guess the other’s location. Or introduce your students to a classroom in the location of a book they’re reading or a subject they’re studying.
Here’s how it works
Skype in the classroom brings together a community of people and information to save teachers time and help them make the most of Skype and the international teaching community.
Teachers create a profile that sets out their interests, specialities and location. They can then browse through the community to look for teachers who can offer them help, or whom they might be able to help. Once teachers find someone they’d like to connect with, they can add that person as a Skype contact, or share Skype-related teaching resources.
Skype in the classroom is in beta, which means it is still being developed and refined. We are very open to feedback as to how we can improve it, so please share your comments and ideas using the Feedback tab on the left of the page. Equally, if you have an inspiring story about using Skype in your classroom, please share it with us.
Skype: inspired by education
Skype in the classroom was created in response to – and in consultation with – the growing number of teachers using Skype to help their students learn. It’s designed to help like-minded teachers find each other and share inspiration and resources.
Skype is a huge supporter of educational initiatives both inside and outside the classroom. Two such partnerships were particularly influential in shaping this: Peace One Day, which uses Skype video to produce intercultural cooperation lessons, and The Global Learning Exchange, which uses Skype to foster communication between a school in California and one in Singapore.”
Check it out today!!
Thanks for posting about Skype! It is an amazing tool! Many teachers I know (including myself) use it for class projects or to just get in touch with family overseas.
Here’s another website about projects being done with Skype – http://langwitches.org/blog/2009/01/03/around-the-world-with-80-schools/
Keep it up, Dianne! Love your Digital Discoveries!
My name is Angelia Gafford and I attend The University of South Alabama. My major is Elementary Education and I was assigned to read your blog for a class I am taking this summer EDM310. Feel free to check my blog out at Angelia Gafford EDM310 blog
I’m new to Skype and I downloaded to it because of this EDM310 class. I can’t wait to start working with Skype and learn all the wonderful possibilities I can bring to the classroom. Knowing we can use Skype as a tool to make learning exciting and memorable brings exciting to me as a future educator. I feel it will also give our students a taste of how technology is seen all around the world. I enjoyed your blog and will definitely review all of your recommendation for new technology uses.