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Skype workshop notes, Mt SPA teachers ICTPD, March 2011

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Skype

  1. 1. Extending the Walls of the Classroom<br />Rachel Roberts – VLN Primary<br />rachel@matapu.schoolzone.net.nz<br />
  2. 2. Why SKYPE?<br /><ul><li>Communicate
  3. 3. Connected
  4. 4. Collaborate
  5. 5. Co-construct
  6. 6. Contactable
  7. 7. Compete</li></li></ul><li>Contexts<br /><ul><li>Wider audience
  8. 8. Authentic relevant situations
  9. 9. Invited guests, experts
  10. 10. Special interest groups
  11. 11. Shared teaching – sharing strengths
  12. 12. Explanation, retells
  13. 13. Data gathering & comparison
  14. 14. Buddy classes
  15. 15. http://www.delicious.com/rachelj/skype</li></li></ul><li>Using Skype – the Basics<br />Download & install skype<br />Add a contact<br />Text chat <br />Call the contact<br />Start a conference call<br />
  16. 16. Extras!<br /><ul><li>Video
  17. 17. File sharing
  18. 18. Screen recording
  19. 19. Desktop sharing</li></li></ul><li>Technical Considerations<br /><ul><li>Quality sound & webcam – integrated with laptop or external?
  20. 20. Proxy settings – remember to adjust these for school
  21. 21. Check your Privacy settings
  22. 22. Always make a test call before the ‘real’ skype call.</li></li></ul><li>Preparation<br /><ul><li>Start with small projects (become more familiar with skype)
  23. 23. Have a clear purpose in mind (learning objectives)
  24. 24. Will it be one-to-one students, small group, whole class?
  25. 25. Look to local connections also (cluster, VLN)
  26. 26. Students should practise asking ‘good questions’, having conversations
  27. 27. Have a plan for the conversation, key questions, information exchanges
  28. 28. Assign roles to students (next slide for egs)
  29. 29. Follow up important too:
  30. 30. Debrief
  31. 31. Emails
  32. 32. Online resources, sharing egwikispace</li></li></ul><li>Image Langwitches<br />
  33. 33. Online Etiquette<br /><ul><li>Always send a chat first before dialing in.
  34. 34. Take turns talking – will need active facilitation to do this (if more than 2 schools)
  35. 35. Watch ‘off camera ‘ behaviour - calling out, signing in the background, inattention etc
  36. 36. The people at the other end can see/hear you
  37. 37. Use mute when it’s not your turn to talk.
  38. 38. Good preparation is vital to smooth running of skype conversations</li></li></ul><li>VLN Primary<br />http://tiny.cc/vlnprimary <br />
  39. 39. <ul><li>http://www.booktalks.org.nz/
  40. 40. Register with the site
  41. 41. Book an author
  42. 42. Starts $65</li></li></ul><li>Global Connections<br />http://education.skype.com/<br />
  43. 43. Add me to your Contacts!<br />rache65<br />rache65@gmail.com<br />

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