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10 Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom

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Skype is a free downloadable software that lets you do voice and video calls combined with instant messaging for free. The possibilities of Skype to flatten your classroom are endless.

Interview authors, astronauts and other amazing individuals from around the world.

Collaborate with classrooms, businesses and more in multi-disciplinary projects.

Explore a volcano, rainforest, or history museum in virtual fieldtrips with experts in the field or even share your field trip experiences with others.

Practice conversational foreign languages with native speakers.

Provide additional support for students needing extra attention or unable to come to class.

Invite a guest lecturer from leading educators and experts from anywhere in the world.

Explore foreign cultures first hand with classroom to classroom video conferencing.

Broadcast a performance or project to parents and families unable to make it to school.

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

Collaborate with innovative educators to plan units, lessons, and more.

5 Skype Companion Tools

To get the most out of Skype, you should consider utilizing other web 3.0 and social networking sites such as

Web 2.0 Tools for Class Projects – such as Twiddla in order to brainstorm, collaborate, and share ideas in real time.

Google Docs – allows participants to share and edit documents.

Flickr – to share photos and enhance the feeling of learning together across a distance.

Blogs – to reflect and share learning.
 
Twitter – as a backchannel during interviews, lectures, etc and as a way to continue the conversation throughout the school year.

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!

Skype in Schools Directory

Eduskypers Phonebook

Ready to install and get started with Skype for free? View this Skype techtorial for teachers.

Free Educational Resources | Interactive Whiteboard Lessons by Learning Today  

Using twitter to transform the classroom!

[Via Stephen Downes]

If you need a fun article to introduce your colleagues to Twitter, this is a good one. Zaid links to some articles and resources, then looks at how Twitter can help with learning, with specific instructions on how to use Twitter alongside an online (or offline) class.

=> http://bit.ly/bXBOTu

Learning in 3D

South African school teachers and their learners can now take virtual field trips to areas of historical and geographical importance, following the launch of the local Google Street View Teachers’ Guide. All that is needed is an internet connection and this concept entails using the Google Map’s Street View technology to visually explore and navigate a neighbourhood or city through panoramic street-level photographs. Examples of sites to visit include the Hector Pietersen Memorial in Soweto and Table Mountain in Cape Town.
=>http://bit.ly/a6frBS

Over 10 Million Students Now Use Google Apps for Education

Just about four years ago, Google launched Apps for Education – a version of Google’s online productivity tools (including Gmail and Google Docs) that is geared towards K12 schools and colleges. Now, Google just announced, there are over 10 million students, staff, faculty and alumni that are actively using Apps for Education. With the beginning of the new school year, Google must have added about 2 million new users, as the company cited 8 million users until just a few weeks ago.

Read More => http://nyti.ms/bVUiJH

Technology In The Classroom (Infographic)

From the Pajama Pundit:

Ah, I remember the “good” old days when there was only one classroom with computers in it in my high school. We played a lot of Oregon Trail, as I recall…

However, I think the scariest stats in this infographic are near the bottom. 64% of teenage students used emoticons and a full two-thirds of American teenagers use internet abbreviations (OMG, LOL, etc.) in their schoolwork.

Gah.

See the whole infographic here => http://bit.ly/bwTSAO

Top 100 Tools for Learning 2010 List

Top 100 Tools for Learning 2010 List

Jane Hart has compiled (on 17 October 2010) this list from 545 contributions from learning professionals worldwide. There are also

2010 Emerging Trends

Winners & Losers in 2010

Best in Breed 2010

Top 100 Tools 2007-2010

2011 Emerging List

=> http://bit.ly/bmxIJb

Which learning technologies to use …

For many campuses [and schools], the question is which learning technologies to support locally to support deeper student engagement with learning.

The information in the Horizon Report, published annually by the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) and the New Media Consortium (NMC), can help.2 The report identifies and describes the key trends and critical challenges associated with those emerging technologies that are likely to have a significant impact on teaching, learning, creative inquiry, and student engagement in higher education over the next five years. It categorizes six areas of emerging technologies within three adoption horizons: a year or less, two to three years, and four to five years. A quick review of the report and its vast collection of examples and practices can serve as the preliminary research needed for an institution to proceed tactically.

Apps to use in teaching – search by year level or subject

I Education Apps Review

I Education Apps Review believes devices like ITouch / IPhone / IPod have a place in education. The apps may be browsed by year level e.g. kindergarten, early elementary, middle school etc. or by subject. The apps are reviewed by a team of educators.