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skype in the classroom

10 Ways To Start Using Skype In The Classroom

Skype can connect your classroom to the rest of world with ease. There’s an entire site called Skype in the Classroom that’s packed full of useful ideas. As you can see in the above video, technology enables classrooms to connect like never before. Tools like Skype are some of the most important pieces of education technology out there, in my opinion.

Skype, despite a few flaws like dropped calls and all that, is like having something out of The Jetsons in your classroom right now. In other words, video calls are now possible and even free for most types of calls. Between Skype and Google+ Hangouts, there’s a lot of exciting connections being made every day over video.

Below are just a few of my favorite ways to use Skype in the classroom. It’s by no means exhaustive but should serve as an inspiration to try out the tool today!

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1) Connect with international classrooms

It’s as simple as setting up a free account. Just create a Skype account and start figuring out which fellow teachers are already using Skype. Then, you can go to the official Skype in the Classroom site to find international classrooms to connect with. It’s a great chance to introduce your students to another culture without having to, you know, fly them all around the world.

2) Learn a musical instrument

Ever wanted to learn violin or another instrument but couldn’t find an instructor nearby? While in-person is still probably the best, many students and teachers don’t have access or time to find a proper tutor. So you should consider using Skype to find someone to teach you an instrument that you’re itching to get your hands on.

3) Professional development

Skype benefits more than just students, as educators themselves can use it to plug in and keep their career skills sharpened and broadened.

4) Meet with librarians

Teachers and students alike who need some assistance with research or ask some questions about a specific book might want to consider hooking up a Skype link with the school library.

5) Guest lecturers

Many plugged-in professionals these days will gladly offer up special lectures and lessons to classrooms via Skype, and sometimes charge a much lower fee than if they were to travel!

6) Practice interviews

The education system frequently receives criticism for its failure to prepare students for the real world, but using Skype to help them run through mock-up interviews with each other, teachers, counselors, or professionals will help grant them an advantage.

7) Have a mystery call!

What is a mystery call, you ask? It’s simply a way for you to connect with another classroom in a different spot in the world … without having them tell you where they are. Students are then tasked with asking questions to figure out the location of that classroom. It’s like playing a geographic-based 20 questions!

8) Meet exchange students

The future is now. You can now find, meet, and get to know exchange students before they even make it to you in person. Skype is a fun way to figure out any potential problems or other questions, easing the arrival of the exchange student when they finally make it to your classroom or school.

9) Give students background tasks while Skyping

Share the responsibility of Skyping by giving students various tasks to perform while on the call. They can record the talk, blog about it, make a podcast, take notes, map out the discussion, or simply be charged with delivering a summary report on the call.

10) Parent-teacher conferences

Save gas, time, and energy by holding meetings with moms and dads via video chat instead of the usual arrangement.

Share Your Skype Best Practices

How do you use Skype in your classroom? Share your ideas and methods down in the comments or over on the good ol’ Edudemic Facebook page. Looking forward to learning from you!

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21 Skype Lessons For Active Learning, Sorted By Topic

Continuing our mini-series on using Skype in the classroom, I wanted to present a few of the many Skype lessons that are currently available for classrooms and everyone else to try out.

What is a Skype lesson, you ask? It’s simply a pre-planned ‘call’ where you can watch and learn from others via Skype. Like a Google+ Hangout or other live video-based lesson. Below are just a very small number of Skype lessons you should consider checking out over at the official Skype in the Classroom website.

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The lessons below are sorted by topic and feature the title (linked) and the provided excerpt about the lesson:

Careers

Skype A Career

Students will Skype with professionals on the job. They will get to see what it’s really like to be a musician, realtor, and medical professional. We hope to inspire future career choices through this project.

VerbalizeIt, a human-powered platform for translation and interpretation based in Boulder, CO and Manhattan, NY, knows what it’s like to go through the trials and tribulations of building a digital startup. Founded by two Wharton Business School graduates, the company went on to graduate the elite startup accelerator program TechStars in 2012.

2022 – What will it mean for you?

This project asks children and adults to think about the future and what it will be like for them in 10 years time. What technology will be used? What jobs will they have? What will home / transport be like? How will schools change? What will stay the same? What will be different?

Culture

Connect your class with students in Mexico to discuss intercultural cooperation with Peace One Day’s founder

Peace One Day founder Jeremy Gilley speaks with young people around the world via Skype to inspire a generation in support of Peace Day 21 September. In late February Jeremy will be travelling to Mexico to help spread the message of Peace Day even further. During his time there he will be visiting a school and speaking to a group of 12 and 13 year olds about peace, sustainability and this year’s campaign theme: Who Will You Make Peace With?

Read Across America 2013

I teach second grade in Maine and I’m looking for other classes to Skype with on Read Across America Day on Friday March 1, 2013. Last year my class did this and had a blast. We’re looking for classes of any age to share in celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

Mystery Skype between WI and a NE state – 3rd/4th grade

Hello! We are a 4th grade class looking to connect with a classroom from the North East region. We would like to Mystery Skype with your classroom to discover where you are from! Students would ask questions of each other, starting from the very broad and narrowing it down at the end. Your students would guess that we are from WI and you are from ___!

Geography

20 Questions Elementary Geography Exchange

We have all played the game 20 questions. I think it would be a great learning experience for kids in elementary students to connect on Skype in a game of 20 questions.

Classrooms in Great Britain

I am looking for classes in Great Britain to Skype with my 5th and 6th grade. We can tell you about our country and that part of Sweden we live in. We live right by the famous ice hotel and my students would love to let you know about that.

Living and Growing Up in Oklahoma’s 10 Nature Regions

I am an elementary computer lab teacher at Mills Elementary in Owasso. I am currently teaching a unit with 2/3 multiage and 3rd grade students that introduce them to the diversities of our states ten natural regions and how they have effected where people have started communities. My goal for this project is to allow students to connect to other elementary school students and hear from them what kinds of jobs their parents have, find out whether they live in a rural or urban environment, and what natural regions occur in their area of the state.

Languages

English and Spanish

Hello! My name is Veronica and I want my students to communicate in English with other students from different parts of the world. As they are beginners, we can do the Skype project in both, English and Spanish. Anyone is interested?

GRAMMAR! GRAMMAR! COME AND GET YOUR GRAMMAR!

Have a grammar question in English? Need some example sentences? Ask your grammar question and I’ll do what I can to make sure you get what you need.

Soziety: the language exchange community for teachers and students

Soziety.com is an organization created to promote and facilitate the learning of new languages, mainly focused on oral skills.
We believe that oral skills are the base of human communication and that, in order to really know a language, you have to talk it. And the best way to talk is practice (skype is great for this!)

Physical Education

Building leadership, values and ethics through healthy activities and sport

Throughout my career I have lectured privately on the how to build leadership qualities, often through the medium of healthy physical activities and sport. Discussed within a very positive and uplifting manner for all ages, this is applicable for early business type classes, ethical studies and physical education.

Pre Kinder and Kinder Food Pyramid

I would like to teach an age appropriate lesson about the Food Pyramid to my Pre K and Kinder studnets.

Introduction to Asian Martial Arts

This course is an introduction to educate and inform students on the martial arts of Asia and the cultural impact they have. Besides being a form of disciplined combat and self-defense, martial arts from Asia have been a symbol of pride, honor, and national heritage for its people.

Science

Classroom Catapult Design Project

Students will research the history and science behind building siege weapons such as catapults. Students will share what they have learned by creating multimedia projects using prezi, glogster, etc. Students will locate and or design their own siege weapon using craft sticks or classroom supplies using marshmallows as projectiles. As a final part of the project students will battle each other using their weapons to defeat castle walls made of plastic cups.

Video tutorials for practical molecular biology and scientific research

This project will contain a number of videos of ‘everyday’ molecular biology practical applications. I would be very interested in other educators contributing to this project with ideas and their own video protocols. The videos I upload will be Copyright of Bangor University however I would be very happy for anyone to contribute translations of the commentary and text of these videos into Arabic, Chinese, Urdu or Hindi.

Connecting the You to the I

Understanding each other stems from having to understand yourself. Once you understand yourself, you’ll be able to understand the behaviors of others. This project is to help you better understand why things happen in your life, how to recognize negative traits and eliminate them and keep them from coming back and bringing you down to their level.

Technology

Technology for All

This projects aims to alert and make high students aware of technology trends that appears worldwide. It also gives an idea of what to get specialized in specially in computer and technology majors.

Social Media Tools in Education

I’m currently wondering how teachers are implementing different social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, and Skype into their classrooms, and what exactly they are using them for?

Tech Start-Ups Ideas

The purpose of this project is to generate ideas for a local start up incubator. The advantages of being in a top tier university environment is the abundance of near free human capital that is readily available to be allocated towards an idea. If anyone has any ideas that they want to contribute to our incubator feel free to do so. This project is aimed at compelling a list of ideas that can be presented to a population of highly intelligent students who are passionate about executing and developing an idea into a physical and tangible product or service. People think of great ideas all the time but many are wasted away, it is time to recycle these ideas! If your idea is picked and developed you will be given equity!

How The iPhone 4's New Video Conferencing Can Revolutionize Your Class

The new iPhone 4 is out and it features video calling, a new must-have feature for your class. Whether you’re a teacher, student, or higher ed administrator, this is big news whether you know it or not.
The new iPhone with iOS 4 features a front-facing camera that allows for video conferencing, a feature many users have been clamoring for and there’s a big reason for that: it’s the next generation method of communicating. It’s just like making a normal phone call although now you have the option to click FaceTime and have a video call:

Apple: “FaceTime is going to change the way we communicate forever.”

How Does A Front-Facing Camera Revolutionize My Class?

You may think that a second camera on a phone is nothing big. For most people, it’s a novelty. But consider this: if every student in your class had the new iPhone, it would bring a new method of communication to collaborative classwork, homework, and field trips.

Collaborative Classwork: Using the new iPhone’s front-facing camera, students who are home sick, away on vacation, or just not able to have as much face-to-face time to work on a project together can all interact and converse to discuss the project at hand in a whole new way. Students who are not near laptops or other types of computers will be able to see their classmates, point (using the camera) to different parts of the project to offer a more concrete way to illustrate their point, etc.

Homework Help: Teachers and students can now interact by seeing one another and help one another get through homework out of the classroom. While most teachers would likely cringe at the thought of seeing this much of students outside of the classroom, be careful as it may be the future of homework.

Distance Learning: Thanks to the new iPhone, it’s never been easier for students to take part in distance learning classes. Each student can converse and pose questions to professors by just holding their phone up no matter where they are. Students will no longer need to be tethered to a desktop or laptop in order to take part in distance classes, online course review sessions, or other online learning systems.

A New Type of Field Trip: What if the next field trip your class went on consisted of each students going out in search of something educational by themselves? Each student could show off what they found LIVE from the location they went to. For example, teachers could send out all the students into a specified location, tell them to search for clues you may have planted, a certain type of plant, or any other object and to show off their findings with others using their front-facing cameras. Combine this idea with geocacheing and you may be able to organize Field Trips 2.0, a truly networked way to engage students and enhance learning.