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   “Educators Move Beyond the Hype Over Skype”    by Ian Quillen    › Article Summary    › Personal Reflection   “Bringi...
By Ian Quillen Curiosity alone does not justify using  videoconferencing in the classroom; there  must be specific educat...
By Ian Quillen Skype can also be used for tutoring, and to  keep homebound students in pace with other  students at their...
   “In many cases, teachers are reporting that aspects of video    communication actually make teaching and learning more...
By Linda L. Briggs Joseph Pisano and Travis Weller, two music  educators in Pennsylvania, invited music  experts into the...
By Linda L. Briggs Both instructors commented on the ease of  using Skype, as well as it’s user-friendly  interface. It’s...
 "We used Skype to bridge the gap between composers and  audience and performers.... It made for such a more meaningful  ...
By Liz Dwyer Skype has created a tool called Skype in the  classroom that is aimed to connect the ever  growing number of...
By Liz Dwyer In just one day, Kara Cornejo, a Missouri fifth  grade teacher, was connected to seven  other teachers aroun...
 US and Chilean student learn about earthquake engineering - After  watching this video, it’s evident that these students...
   The obvious connection through these articles is that    Skype is versatile enough that it can and is currently    bei...
   Briggs, Linda L. “Bringing Composers into Classrooms Through    Skype”. Sept 4, 2008. THE Journal: Transforming Educat...
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Skype: Videoconferencing in Education

  1. 1. Click toBegin
  2. 2.  “Educators Move Beyond the Hype Over Skype” by Ian Quillen › Article Summary › Personal Reflection “Bringing Composers into Classrooms Through Skype” by Linda L. Briggs › Article Summary › Personal Reflection “Skype’s New Education Platform Connects Classrooms Around the Globe” by Liz Dwyer › Article Summary › Personal Reflection Conclusion References
  3. 3. By Ian Quillen Curiosity alone does not justify using videoconferencing in the classroom; there must be specific educational goals. Advocates of Skype claim valuable experiences for students in connecting native-speakers with foreign language students. Holding virtual field trips and exploring real- world subject matter saves funding from the school and is no cost to the students. MORE
  4. 4. By Ian Quillen Skype can also be used for tutoring, and to keep homebound students in pace with other students at their grade level. The challenge educators face isn’t convincing their supervisors of Skype’s educational value, but finding efficient ways to connect with similar-minded Skype partners. Skype in Schools and Chatting Across the USA give teachers a chance to find and connect with video chat partners, share their Personal experiences, and offer advice. Reflection
  5. 5.  “In many cases, teachers are reporting that aspects of video communication actually make teaching and learning more effective than the comparable in-person experiences (Quillen).” I believe that the aspects of video communication that make this type of teaching and learning more effective has to do with the fact that students have the opportunity to verbally interact with the subject matter. From my own personal experiences, I have found that students enjoying asking questions. They learn more through interaction, because it is stimulating and keeps their interest. Students during in this era are technology driven, and therefore are more intrigued to learn when incorporating it in the classroom environment. I think it’s a incredible idea to use Skype as a way to connect homebound students with their classrooms. Some students with medical problems, who have been suspended, or are pregnant can continue to learn and work towards graduation. This could help majorly improve drop-out and graduation success rates! MENU
  6. 6. By Linda L. Briggs Joseph Pisano and Travis Weller, two music educators in Pennsylvania, invited music experts into their classrooms for two-way conversations with their students through Skype. In May of 2008, Pisano and Weller teamed up on a presentation where the students performed a concert in front of an audience of 500 while the guest music expert commented on and addressed questions concerning the music and performance being given. MORE
  7. 7. By Linda L. Briggs Both instructors commented on the ease of using Skype, as well as it’s user-friendly interface. It’s only requirement is a webcam. Piscano notes that introducing Skype into his college classroom seemed obvious since many of his students already used the software to connect with home. Piscano also urges educators to consider Skype because a Skype session does not require travel time, it is easy to conductor, and it does not pose a huge time commitment on the part of your guest speaker. Personal Reflection
  8. 8.  "We used Skype to bridge the gap between composers and audience and performers.... It made for such a more meaningful concert experience (Weller).“ It is important to note that incorporating this technology was much more meaningful to those involved. It shows that students are gaining more through personal connection and knowledge than just learning to play musical notes. The audience is more engaged by the music because they are learning to understand it. Instructors increase their knowledge by working with these experts and composers. This article also shows that Skype can be used in a variety of traditional and non-traditional educational settings. It’s important to note it’s versatility and the ability to mold Skype into your classroom seamlessly. I believe that Skype is a way to introduce more experience and knowledge into your classroom than you ever thought you could because of the reduced amount of time guests need to plan out of their day. MENU
  9. 9. By Liz Dwyer Skype has created a tool called Skype in the classroom that is aimed to connect the ever growing number of teachers interested in the software. This service is free, and acts like a social community to connect teachers across the country and the world. Teachers are asked to set-up a profile during which they are asked to specify what grade or subject they teach, as well as, what kinds of projects they’re interested in working on. MORE
  10. 10. By Liz Dwyer In just one day, Kara Cornejo, a Missouri fifth grade teacher, was connected to seven other teachers around the world wanting to join her in a collaboration of a “weather around the world unit”. Skype has already received videos documenting success with classroom collaborations on helping deaf children communicate, culture and language, peace and the importance of intercultural cooperation, teaching English to Haitian students, and several other topics. Personal Reflection
  11. 11.  US and Chilean student learn about earthquake engineering - After watching this video, it’s evident that these students gained more understanding of the topic, as well as, got to see how it impacted another culture in the world. They also got to share their work with other students in a different country, and compare the similarities and differences in that work. It’s great to see how using Skype technology is educating students on things that really impact the world. I’m impressed with how much more conscientious Skype is becoming about educators needing the resources to connect with one another. It’s good to see that they are wanting to provide those resources, and are making it so accessible. I was very surprised to find that the educational material being shared through Skype spanned such a wide range of topics and concerns. It so important to note that Skype is being used to address real-world issues. Students desperately need this exposure, and I’m thrilled to see that Skype is offering it. MENU
  12. 12.  The obvious connection through these articles is that Skype is versatile enough that it can and is currently being used to connect students in a number of traditional and non-traditional settings with other channels of knowledge. With a specific purpose in mind, teachers are better able to reach out beyond the four walls of their classroom in order to better expand they minds of their students. There are a plethora of success stories, articles, and videos showing how beneficial and educational videoconferencing has been to both educators and students. Don’t ignore the facts… Videoconferencing IS the future of educations and our classrooms! REFERENCES MENU
  13. 13.  Briggs, Linda L. “Bringing Composers into Classrooms Through Skype”. Sept 4, 2008. THE Journal: Transforming Education Through Technology. Accessed on June 21, 2011. http://thejournal.com/articles/2008/09/04/bringing-composers-into- classrooms-through-skype.aspx?sc_lang=en Dwyer, Liz. “Skype’s New Education Platform Connects Classrooms Around the Globe”. March 31, 2011. Good Education. Accessed on June 21, 2011. http://www.good.is/post/skype-s-new- education-platform-connects-classrooms-around-the-globe/ Quillen, Ian. “Educators Move Beyond the Hype Over Skype”. Feb 4, 2011. Education Week. Accessed on June 20, 2011. http://www.edweek.org/dd/articles/2011/02/09/02skype.h04.html Back to the Main Menu

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