Skype is a free and easy way for teachers to open up their classroom and their students to a world way beyond their classroom. With Skype, students can learn from other students, connect with other cultures and expand their knowledge in amazing ways. Skype is also an effective way to engage families and the community and foster high quality professional development and articulation.  

What is Skype?

Skype for Teachers in 4 Minutes

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Why Skype?

  • Help students celebrate the similarities and differences with students around the world

  • Expose learners to different cultures, holidays and traditions

  • Explore various time zones, opposite season cycles and foreign languages

  • Develop tolerance and empathy

  • Prove we live in a flat and increasingly smaller world

  • Connect students who are learning similar and related content

  • Allow families and the community to experience the learning in your classroom

  • Provide absent students with a chance to participate

  • Allow teams of teachers to meet virtually

  • Become the "teacher as facilitator"

  • Interview authors, experts and other amazing individuals from around the world

  • Practice conversational foreign languages with native speakers

  • Access and share professional development opportunities with educators on the go

  • Network and collaborate with innovative educators around the district and world

Skype Tips

  • Determine the outcomes and plan the class accordingly
  • Ensure everything is organized and tested prior to the session 
  • Set up a Skype seat or a maximum of two Skype seats right in front of the video camera so that students are automatically framed perfectly in the video feed
  • Arrange seating so that all students can easily come up to the video/mic without having to push through a crowd
  • Practice speaking clearly and in a loud, but not too loud tone
  • Use a headset with a microphone to reduce feedback and audio interference 
  • Use the chat to ensure that the other class is ready
  • Encourage your students to say who they are before they continue to speak
  • Take turns speaking and use a talking stick
  • Keep the camera as still as possible and limit movement of objects or people to an absolute minimum to avoid blurring
  • Utilize the chat window for feedback, questions and variety of delivery
  • Record the session using Jing