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Communication Tools to Connect Your Classroom to the World: Skype

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Skype

Skype is a free piece of software that allows the user to make connect through video, audio, and instant message to anyone in the world over the Internet. Users can share files, share their screen, and send video messages to their contacts.

Here is a Video Example of Skype in the Classroom

Skype Mobile Apps

Resources to Get You Started

 

Ways to Use Skype in Your Classroom

  1. Skype with an expert.
  2. Face to face meetings with other classrooms.
  3. Skype into the classroom when you are away.
  4. Skype show and tell (have a parent/grandparent a day Skype in and share something).
  5. Attend meetings via skype when you can’t be there physically.
  6. Skype with an author of a book you’ve read as a class.
  7. Skype around the world to introduce culture, habitat, etc.
  8. Skype to enhance professional development.
  9. Skype-Pals: Free video phone? Yes, please :)
  10. After hours tutoring or Parent-Teacher conferences.
  11. Meet your community!
  12. Create an authentic audience for your students’ work.

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ssternberg2013 November 6, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Our second grade classes have skyped with a graduate of our school who is stationed in Afhganistan. He is a captain in the US Air Force. He was able to share with the students various cultural aspects of Afghanistan. Additionally, our seventh grade studied the Holocaust and was able to skype with schoolchildren from Germany as part of this unit of study. It certainly made it more than just part of a text book they were reading.

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Timothy Wilhelmus November 6, 2013 at 2:25 pm

So true! I know that there are many stories like yours out there. The power to connect always makes a remarkable impression that can’t be equalled by static resources.

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msellers5678 November 6, 2013 at 11:15 am

We just had a social studies class Skype with a woman from Germany during our cultural fusion unit. They quickly found out that Germany is much like the United States. Amazing experience!

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Timothy Wilhelmus November 6, 2013 at 2:24 pm

That is awesome! I love how easy it is to shrink the distance between places now! It really is about helping kids see that we have more in common with others than we have differences.

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