Remove classroom walls with Skype: Teaching with Technology
Remove classroom walls with Skype
Collaboration is one of the key skills of the 21st
Century. Teaching students how to use technology to
connect with their peers and how to communicate and
collaborate with them effectively should be an integral
part of the curriculum.
This tutorial is designed for educators who are new to
using Skype for classroom collaboration and shows in
simple steps how to engage students in international
In this tutorial you will:
1) Create a profile in the Skype in the Classroom community.
2) Use Skype to connect with like-minded teachers and take part
in international projects.
3) Create an activity which will inspire students to develop
4) Share that activity with other educators in the Skype in the
ICT Skill Level Required:
Kerim is a teacher of English as a foreign language. He wants to use all the possibilities that technology-enhanced
learning can offer to improve his students listening and speaking skills. He wants to provide authentic situations where
his students will be able to use the language they learn with native speakers as well as with other language learners.
Kerim joined Skype in the Classroom, a community of teachers, comprising of over 37,000 educators from all over the
world. He soon found Nancy, a like-minded teacher from Texas. Together they plan to connect their students over Skype
and engage them in different learning activities.
Like Kerim and Nancy, this project will help you create inspiring activities that will engage students in collaborative
1. For this activity you must use your Skype account. If you don’t have one, create one by filling in this form. Skype
2. Open the Skype in the Classroom website and connect with your Skype, Windows Live, Facebook or Twitter
3. Create your profile. Add your screen name, your bio and your photo to your profile. They will be shared
publically. Your Skype account details, which your profile is attached to, won’t be visible to other users, unless
you accept a contact request.
4. It’s very easy to find teachers who teach the same subject, the same age group and want to communicate in the
same language. All you have to do is to choose the data in the drop down-menu and click on search. There’s
also a possibility to invite guest speakers to your class. You will find lots of educators who offer their expertise
on their subject and who want to share their knowledge with students worldwide.
5. If you can’t find what you are looking for, you can create your own activity and invite other teachers to join you.
You can do that easily by clicking on your profile and choosing Create a Skype lesson. When filling in the form,
try to give as many details as possible. The more interesting your project seems, the more responses will it get
from fellow teachers. After you’re done, save and publish your lesson and look out for comments by educators
from all over the world.
6. Another great feature of Skype in the Classroom is that teachers can share useful resources that they have
used in their lessons. You can also add your resources to tell your colleagues what worked best in your
Further Resources and Ideas
Watch these videos to see how to connect with teachers on Skype in the Classroom and how to create your
UNESCO CfT – Technology Literacy (Pedagogy, Integrate Technology) and (ICT, Basic Tools) and (Organization
and Administration, Collaborative Groups)
ISTE – Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity (1c,d),and Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning
Experiences and Assessments (2b,c)