Skype is a tool that allows people to chat with a video connection from anywhere in the world that has an internet connection. Schools have been using this tool for a couple of years to knock down the walls of their school and let their students see the world around them. Around the World in 80 Schools is an idea from the Langwitches Blog that took the idea of using Skype in the classroom. This blog is run by Silvia Tolisano and it is filled with wonderful ideas and resources that is worth a look through. If you are on Twitter, you should be following her @langwitches to keep up to date on her adventures in the classroom.
Her goal for this project was to connect with 80 different schools over the course of 6 months. Her blog outlines the project and offers various updates over the course of the 6 months. She created a Ning that has all of the information you could want about setting up something similar in your class. Here is a great video that explain the adventure she went on.
Here are some links that will take you to sites that can connect you with classrooms that are looking for Skype partners.
Skype other Classrooms from Edublogger
Skype in Schools
Skype for Educators
Skype in the Classroom - Click on the Comments to see those willing to Skype
50 Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom
Here are some bookmarks from Langwitches that you might find helpful.
Don't feel overwhelmed by the amount of information presented here. Like all good lessons, take you time and see how this might work in your classroom. As a student, I would ave loved the chance to talk to other students from all over the world about books we are reading or to be able to get first hand knowledge about a country we are studying. Take the time and see how this would impact your students.
- Give it a try!