Skype. When you think about it you usually think of video calling one of your friends who is lucky enough to be overseas. However it wasn’t until these last few weeks where I have truly discovered all of Skype’s capabilities.
The first one is Skype in the classroom. There are 3 ways to use this feature of Skype.
1- Collaborate with other classes, no matter where they are.
2- Find guest speakers and invite them into your classroom
3- Take a virtual field trip anywhere in the world.
I logged in using my Skype username and password and saw that some 79980 teachers already had active accounts and were looking for other classes to Skype with!!
There is also a massive section where experts offer their services to you and your classroom. Anyone from authors to park rangers and doctors!
There are also heaps of already prepared lessons from topics such as motivational talks and strategies on minimising bullying.
This is seriously amazing!!
The next feature is Mystery Skype. This feature was featured on the learning path this week. Mystery Skype is an educational game, invented by teachers, played by two classrooms on Skype. The aim of the game is to guess the location of the other classroom by asking each other questions. It’s suitable for all age groups and can be used to teach subjects like geography, history, languages, mathematics and science.
I strongly recommend you have a look around these 2 sites. So much potential for great lessons 😀