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Competent Ways to Use Skype in School Education

Skype benefits more than just students, as educators themselves can use it to plug in and keep their career skills sharpened and broadened

Skype benefits more than just students, as educators themselves can use it to plug in and keep their career skills sharpened and broadened

ICTpost Education Bureau

Skype is an easy and inexpensive way of communication between people all over the world, open the door to a wide range of activities that can improve student engagement and comprehension.

Skype can connect your classroom to the rest of world with ease. There’s an entire site called Skype in the Classroom that’s packed full of useful ideas. As you can see in the above video, technology enables classrooms to connect like never before.

· Skype is great for students learning a new language. It can connect them to native speakers everywhere in the world and let them fine-tune their foreign language skills

· Learning becomes more authentic, inspirational, and engaging when it transcends the walls of the classroom

· Skype offers an easy way for students and instructors to engage in in synchronous communication.

Connect with other classrooms

It’s as simple as setting up a free account. Just create a Skype account and start figuring out which fellow teachers are already using Skype. Then, you can go to the official Skype in the Classroom site to find international classrooms to connect with. It’s a great chance to introduce your students to another culture without having to, you know, fly them all around the world.

 Professional development

Skype benefits more than just students, as educators themselves can use it to plug in and keep their career skills sharpened and broadened.

Make Skype the classroom

The growth in online classes means Skype itself works as a platform to conduct lessons, share presentations, provide tutoring and support, and more.

Reduce absences

Set up Skype streams to help students from falling too far behind in the event of a sickness, suspension, caretaking or similar scenario that causes them to leave the classroom for an extended period of time.

Presentation tool:

Rather than sending students off on a virtual field trip, let them present their research and findings to institutions or eager parents wanting to know what their kids are learning about right now.

Talk about the weather

One popular Skype project sees participants from different regions make note of the weather patterns for a specified period of time, with students comparing and contrasting the results.

Collaborative poetry

In this assignment, connected classrooms pen poetic pieces together and share them via video conferencing.

Practice interviews:

The education system frequently receives criticism for its failure to prepare students for the real world, but using Skype to help them run through mock-up interviews with each other, teachers, counselors, or professionals will help grant them an advantage.

Meet exchange students

The future is now. You can now find, meet, and get to know exchange students before they even make it to you in person. Skype is a fun way to figure out any potential problems or other questions, easing the arrival of the exchange student when they finally make it to your classroom or school.

Share Your Skype Best Practices….editor@ictpost.com

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