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Top uses of Skype in the Classroom

Over 13,500 teachers are using Skype in the Classroom to find other teachers and classroom to partner with. We are pleased to have helped create a global community of like-minded teachers who are using technology to help their students learn in many wonderful ways.

Skype is being put to good use in a variety of ways in classrooms around the world. We wanted to share some of the most popular with you.

1. Cultural and language studies: through Skype video and group video calling, schools based in different countries are participating in language and cultural exchange classes.

2. No more missed classes: students who are unable to make it to class through illness are joining in with the rest of the class and following the normal education program through Skype video.

3. Bringing expertise into the class: bringing people and resources into the class that otherwise would not be at their reach is also popular: specialists on a subject, speakers, writers, scientists or even take part in virtual visits to exhibitions.

4. Disabled learning: Skype makes it so much easier for children and teachers to be taught/teach with a disability. In particular, children who have impaired hearing have the opportunity to learn via Skype video calling by signing with an interpreter.

5. Online tutorials: With video, voice, and IM for individuals and groups people are teaching and receiving classes on any given subject and even participating in special seminars or workshops.

6. Recruitment/Admission process: students coming from abroad are starting their admission process and interviews with schools, colleges and Universities via Skype video, saving both time and money.

7. Clubs and specialised group projects: peers with the same interests and hobbies -such as film, debating, drama or reading activities are sharing experiences between different classrooms or schools.

8. Music or language lessons: it is easy to have one on one lessons using Skype video with music and language lessons being quite popular, and much more convenient for any teacher or student who can’t be there in person.

9. Skype pals: In our digital society, the traditional pen pal is making way for a more sophisticated way of staying in touch. Skype is making it easier for young people to maintain and grow long-distance relationships using free voice and video calls, IM, and file sharing such as photographs. If it’s a group of friends, even better to use group IM or group video calling.

10. Parent participation: Parent’s involvement in their child’s education is key. Through Skype they are reading stories for their youngest ones; giving career talks for the older ones; attending plays or recitals prepared by the class if they are unable to attend; or even taking part in parent’s evening from afar.

If you’d like to share your story please email skypeintheclassroom@skype.net

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