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As with many new technologies or social networks that are developed, it usually takes pioneers in that particular field to come up with ways the technology or social media can best benefit their profession. Skype in the classroom began as a grassroots effort by educators and now it’s being embraced by the company and its CEO. They recognize the importance of taking Skype in the classroom to the next level and have made it an initiative spearheaded by the corporate office. What has long been accomplished by teachers using Wikis and individual project websites, is now getting some organizational help from Skype. Here are ten ways to help you get started using Skype in the classroom.
1. Using Skype in the Classroom (or just learning how to use it!). This teacher provides the basics to get Skype set up with your class.
2. Skype in the Classroom. This article offers help on ways to set up Skype, tips for finding other teachers on Skype, technical obstacles, and more.
3. Skype Tutorials for Teachers, Authors, and Librarians. Find a handful of video and text tutorials here to get you going with Skype.
4. Classroom Collaboration with Skype. This primer offers help with using Skype, connecting with others, and ideas for using it in the classroom.
5. eduwikius – SKYPE. This wiki contains plenty of information about using Skype in the classroom and also provides links to additional resources.
6. A Skype from the classroom. Find information on videoconferencing in general, the pros and cons of using Skype, school project ideas, and more.
7. Using Skype in the classroom. Learn from this teacher’s experience as she describes using Skype and how to best prepare your class and yourself for a great educational opportunity.
8. Skype is a Valuable Educational Tool. This podcast explains why teachers should use Skype and puts some nasty rumors about Skype to rest.
9. Using Skype in schools – some tips. Read these helpful tips, including suggestions on using Skype usernames at school and home.
10. Skype: Talk to Anyone, Anywhere for Free. Watch this “techtorial” or print the text version to learn the basics of Skype.
These are ten of the fifty ideas listed in Teachers Degree’s 50 Awesome Ways to use Skype in the Classroom http://bit.ly/pcZOZR