10,000 teachers for SKYPE!
|April 12, 2011||Posted by Mr Buzz under Blog, EdTech Reviews, Web2.0 Stuff|
The amazing ‘Skype in the classroom’ has achieved the milestone of connecting 10,000 teachers across the world – and its well deserved. We are delighted for Skype here at ‘TheTeacherBuzz’ and if you’ve never come across them before, then read on.
School teachers and students everywhere now have an easy way to find each other for collaborative projects and shared learning through a new online platform provided by Skype. Skype in the classroom is a free global community created in response to, and in consultation with, the growing number of teachers using Skype to help their students learn. Teachers can use the tool to collaborate with other teachers, and find partner classes and guest speakers. Skype in the classroom is designed to help like-minded teachers find each other and relevant projects according to search criteria such as the age groups they teach, location and subjects of interest; and teaching resources can be easily shared and found.
In the past, many teachers have found that the biggest challenge to using Skype in their classrooms has been finding similar classes to pair with. Skype in the classroom presents a solution by bringing like-minded teachers together online and making it easy for them to share skills and ideas.
Today more and more teachers all over the world use Skype to make learning more exciting, interactive and memorable. From language studies and geography lessons to virtual field trips and expert speakers joining classes from afar, Skype video offers an immediate way to help students discover new cultures, languages and ideas, all without leaving the classroom.
To join Skype in the classroom, teachers should:
Sign up at education.skype.com using their Skype account details
Create a profile which includes their interests, location and the age groups they teach
Explore the directory to find projects, teachers and resources that match their skills, needs or interests
Keep up the great work Skype! Mr Buzz