CONNECT WITH THE WORLD THROUGH SKYPE IN THE CLASSROOM
- Published: Thursday, 22 March 2018 14:05
It’s now easier than ever to “flatten your classroom walls” and learn from and with anyone, anywhere.
Your class can connect with students who live on the other side of town, or the other side of the world. “Experts” can become virtual volunteers to offer students new insights and perspectives.
A great way to start connecting with others is through blog posts and comments.
To take the connection a step further and really enhance the relationship, the next step tends to naturally involve Skype (or similar video conferencing tools).
Personally, I have always loved using Skype in my classroom and I have never met a student who didn’t get something out of the experience. In fact, after a Skype session, students generally beg for more!
Being able to see and hear others just seems to spark a natural sense of curiosity and engagement.
When I first began using Skype in my classroom, it was with “blogging buddies” who I’d already found a connection with. These days, you don’t even need to have a pre-established connection!
Want to know more?
I’ve invited one of my long-term blogging buddies, Julie Hembree, to tell us more about Microsoft’s Skype in the Classroom. Her involvement with this resource is inspiring!