Skype is a software application that allows users to make voice and/or video calls and chats over the internet. Calls to other users within the Skype service are free, while calls to traditional landline telephones and mobile phones can be made for a fee.

Skype in the Classroom is a free online directory for teachers everywhere who want to use Skype to bring education to life. Teachers all over the world are using Skype to make learning more exciting and memorable. It's easy to see why: Skype offers an immediate way to help students discover new cultures, languages and ideas, all without leaving the classroom.

Cultural exchange: Introduce your students to new ways of seeing the world with a cultural exchange between your class and another classroom anywhere in the world.

Language skills: Bring language to life with real-life conversations where students can practice a new language with a class of native speakers, or help English learners practice their skills.

Discovery: Try mystery Skype calls, where classes connect online and give clues to help each guess the other's location. Or introduce your students to a classroom in the location of a book they're reading or a subject they're studying.

3 Ways to Connect with Others Using Skype

Online Skype Communities

  • ePals Global Community offers a free 30 day trial. Sign up to connect with other classrooms using Skype. 
  • Skype in the Classroom Ning is for teaches interested in using Skype to connect with other teachers for idea sharing and classroom video conferencing.
  • The Mixxer is a free educational community for language exchanges via Skype.
  • Meet the Author Network connects you with numerous authors willing to enter your library or classroom for 10 – 15 minute skyp sessions for free. You can also set up longer interviews for a fee.

Global Skype Projects

  • Global School Network engages classrooms worldwide in meaningful project-based learning exchanges to develop science, math, and literacy skills and foster collaboration, global citizenship, and multicultural understandings.
  • Taking it Global is an online community of global educators with the goal of making a difference in the world.
  • Around the World with 80 Schools introduced on the Langwitches blog challenges teachers to connect with 80 different schools via skype in order to circle the globe once. 

Skype in Education Directories  

Connect with other educator’s looking for video conferencing classroom partnerships at these directories. Did I miss one? Please add it in comments. Thanks!

~ from 10 Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom,
 via Tips, Tools and Technology for Educators

Websites of Interest
Skype in the Classroom - Use your Skype name to sign up and access a directory of teachers who use Skype. 

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