Skype in the classroom - like penpals 2.0
This past week, I was excited to have a chance to Skype chat with a teacher in Maine about the amazing things she's doing in her classroom thanks to technology. If you take a look at the Skype Education page
, you'll be blown away by the number of teachers all over the world signing up and looking for classrooms to pair with on inspiring projects. And I imagine it can be great for homeschooling parents, tutors and maybe even an inspiration for parents too.
The site functions like a match.com for classrooms. Browse around and you'll find Yellowstone Park Rangers
offering to Skype with classrooms about geology and ecology; a Greek school looking to talk to students around the world about what kids eat for lunch
; and a London grade school teacher looking to have a global chat about the Olympics
the comments there and it's pretty amazing - educators from Brazil,
India, Australia, Denmark, and the US all collaborated on a program back
in January that I can only imagine is coming to life this very week.
obviously this is a great resource for teachers (and I might just share
it with ours next year, should they be interested in getting involved),
it made me think about how we might schedule a regular chat with
cousins or friends' children in other parts of the world around a topic.
While "video pal" doesn't have the alliteration of pen pal, I think it's pretty awesome. -Liz
Learn more about Skype in the Classroom on the Skype Website. You can also check out editors picks by topic on the Skype in the Classroom Collections page.
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