Saturday, May 14, 2011

Getting started with Skype in the Classroom

     "Skype in the classroom is a free community to help teachers everywhere to use Skype to help their students learn. Its a place for teachers to connect with each other, find partner classes and share inspiration". It allows educators and their students to " [m]eet new people, discover new cultures and connect with classes, all without leaving the classroom". 


     This could be a great way for teachers and students to connect with the greater world and develop a more global outlook. It would also be a wonderful tool for second language learners to get authentic exposure to language and culture. Teachers could also get the opportunity to connect with experts in the field. Wouldn't it be amazing to read a novel and then get your students skyping with the author? Perhaps you are teaching students about firefighters and them get them to chat with an actual firefighter.

Here are some videos to help you get started: 

Creating a profile and finding a teacher

How to create a profile and find a teacher from Skype in the classroom on Vimeo.

Creating a project

How to create a project on Skype in the classroom from Skype in the classroom on Vimeo.

Sharing a resource

How to share a resource on Skype in the classroom from Skype in the classroom on Vimeo.

Some other ideas to get you thinking about what you can do: