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Skype for Education - Connecting Students with the Rest of the World

 

Skype offers fantastic opportunities for teachers and students alike to share, learn and collaborate with others around the world.  Skype for Education is an extension of Skype in that it offers a meeting place for educators to easily connect with one another.  A key feature of the Skype for Education website is the search engine that allows teachers to quickly narrow down potential educational contacts they would like to use with their classes.  

 

 

Sample Classroom Activity:

 

Last fall, my English 8 class was very fortunate to connect with a class from Aguascalientes, Mexico.   My students really enjoyed learning about Mexican culture as well as sharing activities we were working on.  Below is a video clip authored by the local news station CFJC News documenting our experience.  As well, I have attached the "I AM" poetry project that both classes shared with each other.

 

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I AM Poem Template

This post originally appeared on "The De-tech-tive 4 Teachers"

Bibliography

 

"Sharing Classroom Experiences Over Skype - (CFJC News)." CFJC TV7 - 

     Kamloops' Very Own. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 May 2012. 

     a href="http://www.cfjctv.com/story.php?id=5050%3E">http://www.cfjctv.com/story.php?id=5050>;.

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Comment by Lynda Hall on July 25, 2012 at 1:08am

Fabrizio, No I did not know Jacque prior to Skyping with his class. We were both willing to try it out and it worked very nicely. Skype for Education is a great resource but you can also find connections via Twitter or Google+ as well.  Just send a tweet out and I am sure someone will reply.  Be sure to use the hashtag #edtech.  Another tool that I am dying to try is Google hangout because you can have up to 10 different classes on the go.  Good luck!

Comment by Fabrizio Fornara on July 25, 2012 at 12:55am

Lynda, I already knew Skype for Education but I never read before about a real class experience. Thank you for sharing the post, the news video was really informative. I've just a question: I guess you got in contact with the mexican teacher on Skype for Education, that you didn't have any previous connection with him/her, did you?
I'm gonna explore better the service, maybe I'll find some English teacher in Italy interested to communicate with my American students of Italian.

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