Skype has to be one of the best free and simple web 2.0 tools available. Skype makes it easy to collaborate, share files and messages, and work with others from anywhere in the world. Many schools are using Skype to connect with content experts, leaders, and other classrooms and students.
Skype is software that enables the world’s conversations. Millions of individuals and businesses use Skype to make free video and voice calls, send instant messages, and share files with other people. You can use Skype on your computer, mobile phone, or a television with Skype. Skype has a very easy tutorial for getting started for Windows and Mac users. Get started today!
Now, Skype has an resource just for schools called Skype in the Classroom.
Click the photo to access Skype for the Classroom
Skype in the Classroom is a free community that allows teachers to connect across the world to help their students learn. Log in with your Skype account to get connected.
Hear how teachers are connecting with each other, finding partner classes and sharing inspiration using Skype.
Click on the “Projects” tab to find a project that might coincide with your curriculum.
Listen to how teachers are using Skype with their students to collaborate with other schools around the world! Find out more about this global initiative and how you can get involved.
Skype can be a powerful classroom tool for collaboration and research.
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!
Around the World with 80 Schools provides everything you need to know to start using Skype in your classroom today!
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?
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