Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Have you joined Skype in the Classroom?

We know that Skype, the home of free Internet phone calls and chats, has opened the door to many learning opportunities for our students.  The trick is finding the ideas and cooperating groups to talk to as we integrate this awesome communication tool.  While communicating with the classroom next door or even across the district may be a first step, there has to be something more we can do.

Skype in the Classroom Home Page
Meet Skype in the Classroom.  This free community for educators was created by Skype to connect teachers and students with common interests worldwide.  All you have to do is sign up for a free account.  Then be sure to indicate your areas of interest so that you can be grouped with others of similar interest. 

Now you can find lesson ideas, tips and tricks, resources for your classroom, experts, and others with whom your class can communicate locally, nationally, and internationally.  How cool would it be to get a new perspective on movement of tectonic plates from a class that resides in the ring of fire?  Wouldn't it be fun to find an audience for your students' writing on the other side of the world?

Register now for your free account.  All you'll need is a Skype software download, a webcam or document camera, and a microphone.  It's that easy!