As I write this blog post, over 500,000 students from schools in every state and across six continents to make their mark on the world. As they prepare for the International Dot Day Celebration, many are collaborating and connecting using Skype technology and the powerful network of Skype In the Classroom to find one another.
This has to be one of the most powerful experiences for students as Skype enables students to connect, collaborate, and communicate with other students across the globe. It creates an opportunity for students to learn from each other, to have authentic audiences for their work, and to meet others who can further their learning. And as I learned first hand, Skype has the power to bring awareness and action to causes that matter in the world.
As teacher her Bridget McCrea put it:
“Skype take students where no school bus can take them and to give them experiences that will last a lifetime, and who knows? Maybe it will inspire some of them to become leaders someday.”
It’s a powerful (and FREE) resource that’s just waiting for you to join the Hundreds of AMAZING teachers taking time to open their classrooms to these global learning experiences.
Getting Started is Easy: This Guide encompasses step-by-step help from Skype projects, preparing your students for a Skype call, transforming a Skype call into a Learning call to student job responsibilities before, during and after the actual call. You can also view this Skype techtorial for additional support.
Finding Other Educators to Connect With: The directories below will help you find and connect with other educator’s looking for classroom partnerships. If you are creating this project in response to the Choose2Matter Initiative, please include ‘Choose2Matter’ in the title or description of the project so like-minded people can find you and your students!
The Following Resources will give you ideas, strategies and insight on how you might use Skype In YOUR Classroom: