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A Web Conferencing Tool<br />Skype in the Classroom<br />Ashley Webb<br />
Skype is basically an online conferencing tool with features such as <br />cheap mobile calling<br />instant messaging<br />free video calling<br />It is FREE and Easy to create an account.<br />Access Skype at www.skype.com<br />About Skype<br />
All you need:<br />Web Cam<br />FREE Account<br />Interest in incorporating technology in the classroom<br />
There is a new section on the Skype webpage called Skype in the Classroom: http://education.skype.com/<br />Here you can access an online community of teachers and classrooms interested in using Skype in education.<br />Skype in the Classroom<br />
Currently over 13,000 teachers are signed up for this program.<br />From this website you can: <br />Access lesson plans and ideas for using Skype in your classroom<br />Contact other teachers to set up conferences between your classes and theirs<br />Collaborate on lesson plans to add ideas to the Skype community and your classroom<br />Skype in the Classroom<br />
Skype can connect classes to other classrooms around the world.<br />Teachers can use Skype to teach students about other cultures, allow students to share their culture, or help them practice communicating in a foreign language.<br />Multicultural Connections<br />http://education.skype.com/<br />
Incorporates technology in the classroom<br />Introduces students to other kids around the world<br />Promotes collaboration between teachers and collaboration between students<br />New technology interests students and encourages high student engagement and participation<br />Benefits<br />
Discuss the use of this technology with the students before you use it.<br />Explain web conferencing etiquette.<br />Discuss possible lag in communication (pausing after asking a question).<br />Explain that students must remain quiet when it is not their turn to speak so they do not interfere with discussion<br />Instruct the students on what to do if an aspect of the technology experiences technical difficulty.<br />Tips for using skype in the classroom<br />
Include the students in the preparation for the web conference.<br />Allow them to look up information about the person/people they will be conferencing with<br />Research an interview subject (authors, experts, etc.)<br />Research background (if talking with a classroom from around the world in a lesson that encourages them to share each others’ cultures)<br />Brainstorm questions and discussion points<br />Prepare questions for an interview<br />Ask students to prepare a list of things they would like to share<br />Tips for using skype in the classroom<br />
Condron, A. (2010). Using Skype in the Classroom. Retrieved from Teach Hub: http://www.teachhub.com/news/article/cat/14/item/367<br />Skype. (2011). Skype in the Classroom. Retrieved from Skype: http://education.skype.com<br />Skype's New Education Site Connects Classrooms Across the Globe. (2011, August 26). Retrieved from Stretch Your Digital Dollar: http://digitaldollar.edublogs.org/2011/04/26/skypes-new-education-site-connects-classrooms-across-the-globe/<br />References<br />