Skype is a service which allows the registered user to make free phone calls and video calls over the Internet. This is a free service but both users need to have Skype software downloaded on their computers before the technology will work. In order to make a phone call you’ll need a microphone to speak into and a pair of speakers to listen to the responses of the person you’re talking to. If you would like to engaging in video calls both parties will needed a webcam in order to be able to see each other.
Using Skype in the classroom is not limited to author workshops, when using Skype you can bring a variety of professionals/experts into your classroom at their convenience. The following link takes you to a list of professionals/experts from around the world willing to Skype in your classroom.
Example: Use an author to help teach your learner’s about the before, during, and after writing process. I’ve found that whenever you connect your learner’s to experts outside the classroom it enhances the validity of the task/assignment ten fold, and you’re students become more engaged.
Learning Outcomes: B.C. Grade 6 Language Arts
A3 – listen purposefully to understand and analyse ideas and information
A5 – select and use strategies when expressing and presenting ideas, information, and feelings
B5 – select and use strategies before reading and viewing to develop understanding of text
C5 – select and use strategies before writing and representing
C6 – select and use strategies during writing and representing to express and refine thoughts
C7 – select and use strategies after writing and representing to improve their work
Let me know what you think. If you’re reading this and have used these techniques please feel free to comment or question.