A Window to the World: Using Skype in the Classroom

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As most people know, Skype is a free software program that’s used for video conferencing and it can be incredibly useful in the classroom. On this page, we’ll take a look at some of the various ways that Skype can be used, and how to implement them.

Getting Started

Getting started is very simple. You just need to download Skype from the official website (make sure you’re not downloading it from a sketcky, third-party site, and then install the software on your computer. After you do this, you’ll need to create a Skype account, and then add friends.

Exploring the Possibilities with Skype

Listed below are some of the different things that students can do with Skype.

Connect with other classes

From reading to another class or connecting with students, there are a variety of different things that can be done to interact with other students. And because Skype is an Internet-based program, students can connect with other students all over the world.

Connect with authors

There’s an organization called the Skype Author Network that helps students connect to authors, which can really offer a unique perspective on a piece of literature.

Bring experts to your classroom

If you live in a remote location, it can be difficult to bring experts into your classroom. However, with Skype this isn’t the case as you can use the video conferencing feature talk to an expert as if there were right there.

 

Collaborate with other professionals

Whether it’s collaborating with other educators or teaching professionals, Skype can be a great way to get opinions from other experts in the field and share techniques, information, and a variety of other things.

 

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