Skype for Teachers
As a teacher sometimes we can feel isolated from the rest of our colleagues. We engage our students but the four classroom doors do limit our access to the world. There are other teachers and students in our own school, district or across the world that we can connect with. So, what’s the argument for the use of Skype in the classroom? What can I do on skype that I can’t do with a traditional phone? I just read Skype in the Classroom an article by Wesley Fryer from movingatthespeedofcreativity that makes a good argument. Essentially, we are preparing our students to use collaborative tools that are part of 21st century workplace skills. Our students need to be prepared to work in changing and dynamic environments where they will be working with people from all over the world. Another good resource to use is a video on how to get started with skype. One of the ways that I use skype is to communicate with my student’s families. I use skypeout to call parents at home on their cell phones. If anyone is interested in collaborating with my students over at room36 please skype us at username; coordinatortwo.