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Skype in the classroom (beta)


What is Skype?

Skype is a free application that allows users to make free audio and video calls through their internet connection.  Skype is a type of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) application, which uses your dial-up or broadband connection to make free calls over the internet. You can use Skype to connect with one person or a group. It features a chat function, file sharing, audio and video connections, and so much more.  Teachers are using Skype to connect their students with classrooms on the other side of the world, to collaborate on projects, and to share materials.


Why Use Skype?

  • Check out this wonderful post by Silvia Tolisano, and edublogger who writes at Langwitches. In it, she outlines not only how she has used Skype but why Skype is such a great resource for teachers.
  • Not convinced?  Watch this. Brian Crosby's fourth grade class connects to a classmate via Skype.


Using Skype in the Classroom:

Below you will find examples of how teachers have used Skype with their students.  Their reflections offer insights on the benefits as well as the complications encountered when they opened up their classroom doors.


  • Connect your class to virtual pen pals Help students hear native speakers when learning a foreign language Collaborate with another class on a joint research project
    Bring authors into your classroom via a Skype Learn about another culture by connecting students to a classroom from that culture Learn about geography from students living in an area you are studying
    Bring professionals from your content area to "speak" in  your classroom Conduct interviews Create pod- and screencasts with students from other parts of the world
    Study the same book with another class and hold web book talks Have students in your class create virtual presentations for students in other schools 
    Attend a webinar with your students


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Getting Started with Skype:

  • If you are accessing Skype from school, you likely already have Skype on your computer.  Pull up Skype from your list of "Programs" and create an account to begin using.  If you are accessing Skype from home, and need a tutorial on how to download the application, watch the tutorial below.

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  • You'll find a number of free video tutorials to help you start using Skype at Tutorpipes.
  • If you would rather print out directions for setting up your Skype account, click on this link to Eric Curts document on Skype.
  • So, go to Skype and download the application and create an account.

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Skype in the Classroom:

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  • And once you've created your Skype account, don't forget to add yourself to Skype in the classroom in order to make connections with other Skyping teachers.


How to create a profile and find a teacher from Skype in the classroom on Vimeo.



Tools for Skype:

  • Recorder for Skype - Collaborating with another school on a project and want to record your Skype call so you can replay the audio later? Use the Skype Call Recorder to create podcasts of your calls.
  • The Skype in Schools page offers a good list of Skype add-ons.
  • Skype has a cool list of applications made with teachers in mind.  Download them today!


Making Connections:

Use these links to find other teachers and classroom projects to connect to:

  • Sue Waters at The Edublogger has put together this list of teachers interested in using Skype in their classroom.  It is organized by country and subject area.
  • This is an excellent directory of teachers organized by state.  Add you information if you are interested in connecting with other classrooms.






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