Skype is a video calling and instant messaging service that is free.
Teachingdegree.org has 50 ways to use Skype in the classroom. Here they are: http://www.teachingdegree.org/2009/06/30/50-awesome-ways-to-use-skype-in-the-classroom/
These are just a few suggestions teachingdegree.org provides.
Skype has an Educational Site with projects and resources for teachers. It also has a teacher community with over 19,000 teachers. http://education.skype.com/
Petter Pappas has an easy article that helps teachers connect classrooms with Skype. - http://www.peterpappas.com/2011/08/connecting-classrooms-with-skype.html
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Skype in Science - Check this out
Skype and NASA Team up - Click Here
Skype in the Classroom Adds New Partners and Resources for Teachers - CLICK HERE 10/3/12
Skype session with Penn State Students - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dwh5md5Z9U
How Teachers Use Skype - http://techland.time.com/2012/11/28/how-teachers-use-skype-in-the-classroom/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=linkedin&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+timeblogs%2Fnerd_world+%28TIME%3A+Techland%29&goback=%2Egde_108447_member_191054760
The Complete Guide to Using Skype in Education - CLICK HERE
Skype connects Virginia elementary students live with research scientists around the world.
You don't often find a group of 75 fifth graders from a public school in Virginia interacting directly with scientists based at Palmer Station, Antarctica, but that's exactly what takes place every year at Herman L. Horn Elementary in Vinton, VA. Using Skype as a videoconferencing platform--and working together with her school's instruction technology coordinator, Holly Ireland--social studies teacher Amanda Lusk has orchestrated two of these events from the convenience of her own classroom.
Lusk weaves the interactive sessions into her global studies module, which includes instruction about the world's seven continents. "With Antarctica being such a scientifically-oriented continent I thought it would be great to put my students in touch with the people working there," said Lusk, who got the idea to reach out to Alexandra Isern, Antarctic earth sciences program director, from one of her own students.
"He said, 'Hey, my mom knows a scientist,'" recalled Lusk, "so we were able to get in touch with Dr. Isern via e-mail--through that parent contact--and get our first online field trip set up." At the time, Isern was in the Antarctic working on several research projects. Amenable to the idea, Isern worked with Lusk to set up a 45-minute session using a laptop computer, webcam, and Skype's communication software.
Lusk, who had never conducted a videoconferencing session before, turned to Ireland for help. Using her own personal MacBook computer, Ireland set up the software on her laptop and established a link to the interactive Promethean board that was already in Lusk's classroom. The school's Internet connection served as a conduit for the interactive session.
"The first time we did this [in 2011] we lost the connection once," said Lusk. "This year the connection was uninterrupted."
During the call students got a live view of the research station's interior and its surroundings; listened to a presentation; and asked individual questions of the scientist.
"She took her laptop outside and showed students what Antarctica really looks like and what was happening outside," said Lusk. "They saw a pretty harsh, raw environment that was very different from where they live."
Questions ranged from "What kind of research do you do on a daily basis?" to "What do you eat for dinner and how do you get fresh food?" Student also wanted to know what the scientist did in her downtime, when she wasn't working or doing research. Other topics discussed included the materials that the research stations were made of, the use of solar power in Antarctica, and what it's like to live for extended periods of time in the frozen tundra.
"It's a great way to expose students to new environments, experiences, and career choices they may not have considered," said Lusk.
In fact, she said Isen's parting words when wrapping up the last Skype session were, "Come on kids, get your education so you can come down here and join us!"
With two online sessions under her belt and a third in the works, Lusk said one of the biggest technical issues she's had to manage is the fact that multiple speakers talking at once can be difficult to understand. For example, the most recent session involved three scientists--a fact that added a layer of complexity to the event. "When more than one person was talking and chiming in with answers to student questions," said Lusk, "it was difficult to discern who was saying what."
Lusk hasn't found a solution to that challenge yet, but said the small glitch didn't take away from the event's educational value. During a time when teachers are striving to get more students involved in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects, Lusk said making direct connections with real-life scientists is invaluable. The fact that the online events are free to set up and orchestrate makes them especially attractive for budget-conscious K-12 schools.
"This is a way to take students where no school bus can take them and to give them experiences that will last a lifetime," said Lusk. "And who knows? Maybe it will inspire some of them to become scientists someday." - http://thejournal.com/articles/2012/09/06/taking-students-where-no-school-bus-can-go.aspx
Resources from teachweb2.0 wikispaceCool Cat Teacher Blog (Vicki Davis) Using Skype in the Classroom
Video Conferencing Wiki
Skype an Author
Classroom Collaboration With Skype
Using Skype at School
Flat Stanley Project
Examples of Uses in the Classroom
http://portal.sliderocket.com/BUFFA/Skype-in-the-Classroom-21st-Century-Engagement- Skype Presentation with a Twitter Tip
*Watch this video to see how a fourth grade class uses Skype to include a student with Leukemia into the classroom
Tutorials for Skype in Education
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has been diligently engaged over the last couple of weeks in writing a series of simple and easy to use guides to help teachers and educators better leverage the use of technology in education and empower them with the necessary tools to better carry out this task. What started as a simple guide on the use of social networking, expanded to be a series of similar guides covering blogging, personal learning networks, Evenote, Facebook and iPad in education. Our purpose is to give hand to both novice and experienced teachers in integrating technology within their classrooms. We are still working on several other guides which will be posted here intermittently and there will be a comprehesive ebook that will contain all these guides, so stay tuned.
Today's guide is about Skype and here is the outline :
What is Skype ?
Skype is a free communication software that allows users to make calls, send instant messages and do video conferencing online. It is one of the best voice -over-internet services online and was created in 2003 hy Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis but later on was owned by Microsoft particularly in the year 2011. Skype has over 663 million registered users as of September 2011, putting it at the top ranks with Facebook and Twitter.
Some Features of Skype
Here is a set of some of the most imoprtant features that make Skype a powerful communication tool online :
What do I need to use Skype
To use Skype you need to :
Skype's Importance in Education
Here are some ideas featuring the growing importance of Skype as an education tool :
Skype Tips for Teachers
Here are some tips that teachers need to keep in mind when using Skype:
How Teachers can use Skype in the classroom
Here is a list of some suggested ideas to start with :
Successful stories of teachers who have tried Skype in their classes
Let me share with you some of successful stories of teachers who have taught using Skype.You will learn how they did it and what they benefited from the use of this tool in their teaching.
1- Working on a history project using Skype
This is a story of 7th grade students who have used Skype as a part of their history project that resulted in their collaboration with the curator of the National Museum in Canada.
2- Using Skype to help a classmate join classroom from home
Read this post to learn how a 4th grade class used Skype to help a classmate with leukemia become a part of the classroom from her home.
3- Connecting two classes using Skype
learn how this teacher brought two classes, who had been tweeting all semester, to finally get together and meet face-to-face via Skype.
4- Using Skype in classroom language
Find out how this teacher used Skype to help her students learn a foreign language from native speakers of that language.
A Georgia high school teacher is giving her AP Lit students a taste of the "real world" virtually. She's using Skype to create modern-day field trips to help them make connections between classroom learning and the outside world while also meeting curriculum requirements.
There was a time when public school teachers were encouraged to take their students on field trips to experience the outside world during school hours. Museums, historical sites, and concert halls were just a few of the venues that helped teachers make connections between instruction and "real world" activities.
Budget cuts, time constraints, and liability issues have taken a toll on traditional field trips, but that hasn't stopped Shekema Silveri from using technology to expose her junior and senior AP Literature students to the world that lies beyond their textbooks.
Web Conferencing Technology
Silveri arranged a 55-minute video call with Deborah Ball, the organization's international partnerships manager, and Zakia Moulaoui, its schools and fundraising manager. Using a classroom computer, projection screen, webcam, and speakers, Silveri and her class got an inside view on how teaching soccer and management skills motivates homeless individuals to make changes in their lives.
Silveri initially used Skype as an affordable, in-house professional development option for Mt. Zion High School's English department and other teachers. "I saw it as a way to open up new opportunities and provide professional development – through either live or recorded conferences," said Silveri, "to teachers that didn't have the time, money, or resources to manage it individually."
Then Silveri realized that Skype could serve as a conduit between classroom instruction and real-life examples, speakers, and applications. Students are blocked from using Skype on school computers, but Silveri is not. She downloaded the software to a flash drive and then uploaded it to her own computer. "My school doesn't mind that I use Skype," she said, "but it also doesn't provide any support for the technology."
Exposing Students to the Real World Virtually
Being able to bring speakers into the classroom has helped Silveri reach beyond her Title I school's budgetary limits and access individuals whom her students wouldn't otherwise have contact with. In addition to the Homeless World Cup representatives, for example, college professors, research experts, and published authors have also connected with her students through the Web conferencing tool.
"It's critical that my students have exposure to people and topics that will help them be successful in college," said Silveri. "I want my pupils to have access to the best speakers and not just the ones that our district can afford."
Silveri has parlayed that commitment into a number of online engagements. While working on National History Day projects, for example, Silveri's AP literature students were asked to examine the rhetoric behind historical stories. To help bring the assignment to life Silveri worked with Fort Scott, KS-based Lowell Milken Center, a student and teacher think-tank for celebrating unsung heroes in history. She organized an online conference with a project coordinator who discussed the value of conducting thorough research.
Silveri said such activities help students better grasp the classroom material. Plus, she said, "they simply love the fact that the speakers take the time out of their busy days to come and talk to them online." Most importantly, she said, the sessions are free to set up, easy to orchestrate, and require no bus trips, special permissions or financial commitments.
"As teachers, our hands really are tied because schools pretty much have an aversion to letting students leave the building," said Silveri. "Getting out is exactly what students need to get ready for college and for the real world."