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Remove classroom walls with Skype: Teaching with Technology


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Remove classroom walls with Skype: Teaching with Technology

  1. 1. Page 1 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 projects. 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 collaborative skills. 4) Share that activity with other educators in the Skype in the Classroom community. Tools: Skype ICT Skill Level Required: Educator Scenario 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
  2. 2. Page 2 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 projects. 1. For this activity you must use your Skype account. If you don’t have one, create one by filling in this form. Skype is free. 2. Open the Skype in the Classroom website and connect with your Skype, Windows Live, Facebook or Twitter account. 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.
  3. 3. Page 3 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.
  4. 4. Page 4 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 classroom. Further Resources and Ideas  Watch these videos to see how to connect with teachers on Skype in the Classroom and how to create your own lessons.
  5. 5. Page 5 Framework Alignment  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)