Tech & Education: Using Skype in the Classroom

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SkypeSkype has been around since 2003 helping people connect with friends and family all over the world through their revolutionary internet communication service, but only in recent years (with the prevalence of broadband internet) has it become THE method of choice for connecting with people face-to-face whether they’re in the next room or half way around the globe.

Businesses in the US have used Skype to connect with their offices in Japan. Oprah has used it to reach celebrities on location in remote countries. Why shouldn’t you?

A few suggestions for Skype in the classroom:

  • Invite guest lecturers to speak on relevant topics
  • Connect with students from other schools throughout the nation/world
  • Collaborate with other classes on related projects
  • Broadcast presentations to parents and family
  • Allow students in your class to interact remotely

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Please share your experiences with Skype in the comments below.

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