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What are some different ways that people are using Skype in the classroom?

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I have Diigo bookmarked sites with a number of examples of how people are using Skype in the classroom and other Skype education resources here:

Hope this helps.

Super awesome! Thank you for sharing.
@langwitches just did a session on Skype at #kwla2010 and posted her presentation wiki here:


Our 8th grade class skypes with Karen, a retired graphic artist to discuss photography, how to take a good picture and rule of thirds with an introduction to photoshop elements for a technology digital media class. Karen has a website at, and creates step by step videos for using photoshop elements.
Primarily virtual language exchanges...I've blogged about it and I have a page in Wikieducator (still in its infancy) if anyone is interested in adding their name to the list.
I have a "Skype in the Classroom" area on Shambles that lives at

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Thank you! This is a wonderful resource.
I just did 2 sessions with web designers in our web design class - I plan on connecting more of my classes to professionals. I think it was good for the kids to see and talk to people this way. was the students blog post about the first experience.
That is awesome. I was looking at your blog and loving it. Way to go! That is a very meaningful way to get kids to start thinking about what they would like to do as a career. I would love to connect with you and share my profession with your students. It is definitely a 21st century career. You can check it out at I also have a blog chronicling how I volunteer in classrooms around the world
While I don't typically use Skype in the classroom, I use it at school to communicate with educational professionals, colleagues and enhance my PD opportunities.

That is great. I have just started using Twitter and it is a great place to enhance my PD opportunities. How do you specifically use Skype for that?
- Videoconferencing in the Classroom with Skype.
- Field trips. If students aren’t able to participate in a field trip due to factors such as budgetary or distance constraints, use Skype to bring the field trip into the classroom.
- Use Skype in language courses because you could have native peoples demonstrating to the class.
Skyping in Mike Artell- Illustrator & Author. This inspirational lesson has an illustrator working directly with 6th graders to work on the art of illustrating and story creation.
- After school help. Use Skype as a tool to provide after school help to students needing extra attention. Tutors, teachers, or librarians can be available at set times in the afternoons for student access.
-Interviews. Whether you have students conducting interviews or your class is interviewed, Skype facilitates the interview process. Individual students can interview other teachers or school staff, sending the Skype feed to the classroom for all to watch.
-Guest lecturers. Have guest lecturers come to your classroom via Skype.

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