Skype!

Provide professional development
Skype brings professional development to the teacher, coach, or mentor when and where they need it. The common model of improving teaching skills gathers teachers in one place for a one-size-fits-all workshop. With Skype, teacher mentors can deliver personalized training directly to the classroom on subjects teachers need. Whether the interaction occurs one on one, through a mini-conference, or on an as-needed advice line, using Skype skips the expense, the travel, and the time out of the classroom for teachers.

Encourage student collaboration
Skype is a natural environment for student collaboration. In one software setup, students can talk with each other and send drafts of files to everyone in the group to review and interject with text comments. Archives of Skype text messaging conversations can bring fellow students up-to-date if they miss a meeting. Students can work on school newspapers, use video to practice a senior play, try debate strategies, and even organize school events. Read more: //http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/using-skype-at-school.html#ixzz1NCh7nvx0//

Meets ISTE Standards for Global Learning in a Digital Age
ISTE / NET-T Standard 3: Model Digital-Age Work and Learning Teachers exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society. Teachers:
  1. demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations;
  2. collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation;
  3. communicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents, and peers using a variety of digital-age media and formats.




How To's:

or online: Skype Tutorials, Skype Wiki

- Tools to assist in common planning - how to add contacts, make a voice or video call, and send files.




Useful Tools & Resources:

Skype in Education: Once you have created a free Skype account, you can use your username and password to login to this site for educators.Skype in the classroom is a free community to help teachers everywhere use Skype to help their students learn. It’s a place for teachers to connect with each other, find partner classes and share inspiration. This is a global initiative that was created in response to the growing number of teachers using Skype in their classrooms.


How Do We Skype? A post by a teacher with Mrs. Gail Poulin where she shares her best practices for using Skype in the educational setting.
If you are new to Skype and want more information about setting out on the journey with your students? This teacher shares her plan with tips on how to be successful and provide a starting point for you as well. http://education.skype.com/resources/636

Skype Other Classrooms! This page has been set up to help you make connections with classes who are interesting in having Skype conversations with other classes. It’s be sorted by time zone, Grade level and subjects. http://theedublogger.com/want-to-connect-with-other-classrooms/

Around the World with 80 Schools was started in January 2009 and is an ongoing project. Start by creating an account, so you can contact other members (or viceversa) in order to coordinate a Skype connection. Also consider creating a blog on AroundTheWorldwith80Schools.net to document your connections and to be part of a group of educators who are interested in seeing how exactly video conferencing is impacting student learning. http://aroundtheworldwith80schools.net/

Digitally Speaking: Videoconferencing---connecting students to content area experts and classrooms from different continents through the use of synchronous discussion tools like Skype is becoming an increasingly common feature in the 21st Century classroom. To make the most of videoconferences, teachers must introduce students to a set of skills that are not always necessary in traditional classrooms. The tools and resources on this page can help teachers to structure meaningful learning experiences with videoconferences. ttp://digitallyspeaking.pbworks.com/w/page/17791583/Videoconferencing

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Lesson Plans: Click to find an actual classroom exercise: Student Inter-school Debating with Skype.

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