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Skype in the Classroom

Skype in the Classroom is a global community of educators who partner to create learning experiences for their students. Imagine using this resource to communicate in real time with students in neighboring cities or states. Think about the opportunities for students to practice foreign language skills with students from other countries. Students might participate in mystery Skype calls, where classes connect online and give clues to help each guess the other’s location. They might also have opportunities to learn more about the setting of a book they are reading or a subject they are studying. The site provides the means for teachers to connect through a members-only directory and includes a directory of resources such as videos, websites, and teaching ideas.

One project from the site was an invitation from a teacher in Bahrain who was hosting an online safety conference. He was interested in connecting with a guest speaker knowledgeable about the topic of online safety and cyber bullying. This idea caught my attention because it could be adapted for a variety of subjects. For example, a teacher might invite a university professor to speak to a class about science-related topics or host a university counselor to speak to students about college admissions. Speakers from another country or region might provide information about their culture. Skype in the classroom opens endless possibilities for collaboration with experts in a range of fields.

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