in the Classroom Presented by: Dr. Julia VanderMolen [email_address] Davenport University
Skype is a software application that allows users to make telephone calls over the Internet. Calls to other users of the service, and in some countries to free-of-charge numbers are free, while calls to other landlines and mobile phones can be made for a fee (about 2 cents a minute). Additional features include instant messaging, file transfer and video conferencing.
Skype is a free download (Windows or Mac) @ http://www.skype.com/
Most newer computers will have a built in Microphone and speakers and camera
You may choose to connect an external mic or a web camera
Why use Skype?
Imagine the possibilities. No really, IMAGINE the possibilities!
Globalize your classroom.
Expand your teaching repertoire.
Enhance student learning.
And of course, students love it!
Mini Tutorial Skype for Teachers in 3 Minutes from TeacherTube
Tips for Privacy
Allow calls only from people on your contact list
Allow chats only from people on my contact list
Receive calls to your online number only from people on my contact list
Click on the Globe to view Chatdanger.com
The Skype help page is very HELPFUL!
Ways to use Skype in the Classroom
Connecting with an expert
Connecting with another teacher or classroom
Connecting with a student who can’t be in class
Connecting with parents
Connecting with authors of favorite books
Video conferencing for meetings
Sample Lesson Plan-Elementary
Cultural Awareness Lesson
Let’s Meet the Author http://skypeanauthor.wetpaint.com/
Want more ideas http://elementarytechteachers.ning.com/group/skype
Seek assistance. (Instructional Technology Services or another tech savvy teacher)
Conduct a “test run” if possible.
Try it again.
Practice using the technology for personal use.
Voice Over Technology
Skype (free!) www.skype.com
Face to Face Meeting Software http://www.facetofacemeeting.com/
Voice Over Technology
See Me, Hear Me: Skype in the Classroom School Library Journal article http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6515247.html
Using Skype in the Classroom Cool Cat Teacher blog post http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/2006/10/using-skype-in-classroom-or-just.html
How to Set Up Skype and Use it in the Classroom Google Video http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7610864481757219171&hl=en
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Katherine V. (Feb 24 2008). Skype sees surge in activity. Broadbandreport.com. Retrieved 24 Feb 2008 from http://www.broadbandreports.com/shownews/Skype-Sees-Surge-in-Activity-92125 .
Skype at School http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/using-skype-at-school.html Why I Skype: http://murcha.wordpress.com/2008/12/06/using-skype-in-education/ See Me, Hear Me: Skype in the Classroom: http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6515247.html