Posted by: Paula Lenox | July 1, 2010

Skype in Education (9)

How often do you wish you could have a guest speaker talk to your class, but because they are busy or they live outside of your home town, it is impossible for them to get to your class?  Well, with Skype, you don’t have to worry about that. Skype allow you to call, video conference, instant message chat and share files.  All you need is a free software application that you can download to your computer.  Each participant will need the application and then free video chatting can begin.

Educational applications for this tool are just beginning to come to light.  Not only can you conference with a field expert, but you can collaborate with students around the world.  Imagine working on a collaborative project about communities and having your students who live in the country collaborate with students in an inner city across the country.  If you are a first year French or Spanish class, think how inspiring it would be to talk with native French or Spanish speaking students!  Your students can make presentations or participate in a mock interview across Skype.

Skype mobile is a download for certain phones, so you don’t even have to be at your computer with internet access, you can skype from your Internet ready phone!

There is a Skype in the Classroom WordPress that you can join if  interested in joining the community or you can join the TWICE collaboration to find classrooms who want to share ideas and participate in a project.  The TWICE projects has been in existence for quite some time and has a comprehensive list of projects as well as the ability to sign up and ask for classrooms to share in a project idea.

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