Did you know?

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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 😀 

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5 thoughts on “Did you know?

  1. kaylatudman

    Reblogged this on kaylatudman and commented:
    I was in the exact same boat as Danielle! I didn’t realise all the possibilities Skype has to offer for the educational setting! My eyes were truly amazed and opened this week during the learning path! Great Stuff!

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  2. courtneyjaydebridges

    Reblogged this on EDC 3100 ICT & Pedagogy and commented:
    This I a great resource Danielle has shared on her blog. Over the last couple of weeks as a part of some of our assignments, I have seen examples of where teachers have used Skype as a part of integrating ICTs into the classroom. I never really understood why and how this would benefit students learning. From reading Danielle’s blog I have now discovered a new understanding how and why you can use Skype as a great teaching tool. The new technology of Skype allows children to explore, interact and collaborate with people all over the world. Students are no longer limited to the resources in a library. Through technology students have the flexibility to access and explore the knowledge and information in just a click of a button and Skype is a great tool in which helps students achieve this.

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  5. daniellesager

    Reblogged this on The weblog of Danielle Sager and commented:
    Wow this so interesting! I have only ever used Skype to communicate with family and friends. I had never even thought of using it for educational purposes in a classroom.

    The three uses for Skype in an educational setting are all great ideas. I especially like the idea of using Skype to invite guest speakers into the classroom. This would mean you could organise a speaker with a specific specialty, from practically anywhere in the world! The opportunities for guest speakers would be much higher with this resource!

    Thank you for sharing this knowledge! What a great resource.

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