Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Skype in the Classroom

There are many sites available to help teachers and classes connect with others around the world.

1.  Skype in the Classroom:
"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."
education.skype.com

Sign up for a free account.  All teachers can install Skype on their desktop computer.  To get a camera, please send in a help desk ticket requesting a webcam.

2.  Skype Want Ads:
Skype in Schools is a Wiki site where you post your request for your Skype session.  You must set up a free account in order to post on this site.
skypeinschools.pbworks.com

3.  Around the World with 80 Schools:
This is a great site that dissects what it takes to have a fantastic educational Skype experience.
aroundtheworldwith80schools.net
This project is part of a larger blog/website (Langwitches), hosted by Silvia Tolisano an expert on using Skype as a means to connect to students around the globe.  Here is a video explaining the project:
Around the World with 80 Schools Video
There are many resources listed in this site, but in order to have full access, you will need to set up a free account.  That way you can post ads to try to connect with other teachers and classes around the world.