Are you using Skype in your classroom yet?
Or, are you thinking about using Skype but don’t know exactly where to start?
No matter your level of competence with Skype, Around the World with 80 Schools is an easy-to-navigate site with a great concept for using this Web 2.0 tool with your students. The idea is simple: Connect your students to 80 other classrooms around the world. There is no time limit. It may take you a few weeks or a few years, but the idea is to get globally connected!
Silvia Tolisano, the site creator, doesn’t stop there. She provides step by step information for setting up Skype, pre-conference call question writing guides, and many other resources to help you get started. Her videos also provide insight into how students can use 21st century media and digital literacy skills to engage with content, each other, and the world outside the walls of their classroom.
I can’t imagine a better resource for ideas about how to use Skype effectively with students. Whether you are a novice or an expert at using Skype, Tolisano’s resources can support your classroom instruction. From instructional videos to examples of Skype lessons, this site provides a great place to start or continue to use Skype. Check out her grade-level, content-area, and concept groups on the Groups page.
Around the World with 80 Schools also provides a space where you can create your own class blog and collaborate with other users with similar classrooms and interests. Everything you need is in one place, so, what are you waiting for?
Look for me on Skype: waterlovers3 🙂 I look forward to talking with you!