Skype is a free Web Application. Go to skype.com to download and install it on your computer. You will also need to choose your Skype name and register. You can use the same Skype username on all computers, iPads, iphones or other devices that you use to Skype.
How do you find classrooms to Skype with? Twitter is an essential part of my PLN – Professional Learning Network.
Another way to find other classrooms is to visit the blogs of other classrooms. You can contact these teachers by leaving a comment. Also check out the blogs on the blogroll to find more classes.
In response to blog posts about our Skyping experiences, comments were left on our blog from teachers in New Zealand, England and Canada, looking for a class to Skype with.
Many of my connections were made through Collaborative Projects. Our first Skype was as a part of the 50 states Project. We also Skyped with another class in the Progressive Story Project.
More collaboration opportunities. This is my 3 rd year in the Tongue Twister Exchange.
The single biggest influence in integrating Skyping into my classroom has been pariticpation in Rock Our World. A Global Collaborative Project connecting classrooms all over the world
Set the date, day and time.
What will you talk about? Prepare what the kids will share, practice. Think of questions ahead of time.
Learn about the school you are going to Skype with. Look them up on a map. Read a little about the weather, customs, etc. When we Skyped with Poland we learned a few phrases in Polish.
Traveling the world with skype
Traveling the World with Skype Patti Harju St. Stephen School Grand Rapids, Michigan