Skype is connecting teachers and classrooms across the globe
We’ve created a neat online tool to help teachers and their students connect with other educators and classrooms around the world. It’s called Skype in the classroom.
If you’re a teacher, it’s a place where you can connect with other educators according to your interests, the age group you teach or location, and find partner classes or guest speakers to join projects you’re working on. There are already over 3900 teachers around the world signed up and using the tool, so you’ll be in good company. As an added bonus you can share and find a wealth of knowledge and inspiration in the resources area.
The community has been developed in response to, and in close collaboration with, a passionate group of teachers who are already using Skype in their classrooms to help their students learn.
Young people need to be able to communicate effectively to develop their own opinions and present information and ideas to others. Research in this field suggests that ICT applications strengthen and increase the possibilities of communication and reinforce the development of collaborative skills between peers. This is arguably just one of the reasons why teachers are taking advantage of rich communications tools like Skype to facilitate learning that exposes children to different cultures and ways of communicating.
In fact, almost everyday we hear a wonderful story about how our simple software is being put to good use for learning. From international projects on weather, mega-cities, and world populations, to classroom exchanges on earthquakes, culture and language, to helping deaf children communicate, teaching English to Haitian children, connecting students with experts from lawyers and authors, survival experts, paleoanthropologists, and other inspirational guest speakers on global issues such as peace and the importance of intercultural cooperation.
A community of over 3900 teachers and educators across 99 different countries are using Skype in the classroom to collaborate with partner classrooms, find like-minded teachers, and share teaching resources and inspiration around the globe. Thanks to their dedication we are creating a global community that allows you to:
- Search by location, map or keyword to find what you’re looking for, whether it’s a teacher, resource or project.
- Showcase projects you want to carry out and post details of the kind of partner you are looking for, and find projects to participate in.
- Share and find resources, ideas, information and advice.