I still remember my first Skype call. My brother was doing some work in Cairo and suggested via email that we try a new tool that he had been using. Of course, we had some trouble with the bandwidth and so kept losing the video.
But how cool was that? Audio and video from halfway around the world?
Skype has gotten better, bandwidth has gotten bigger, and the opportunities to use Skype as a teaching and learning tool have gotten wider.
And I know many of you already use Skype in your classrooms but for those still not sure about the whole thing or aren’t sure what that might look like, here’s a suggestion. Start small and try something like Mystery Skype.
At its simplest level, Mystery Skype is an educational game, invented by teachers, played by two classrooms on Skype. The aim of the game is to guess the location of the other classroom by asking each other questions. It works with all grade levels and is perfect for content like geography and history.
Start by heading to the Skype in the Classroom site and create a teacher profile. You don’t actually have to do this to use Skype as a teaching tool but as part of the deal, Skype gives you 12 months of free group video chats – allowing for multiple classrooms to chat at the same time. So . . . kind of a no-brainer.
You also get access to other educators and all of their posted lessons. Pretty sweet.
Then just head over to the Mystery Skype site and get started. And again, remember, you can always just arrange your own Skype conversations with whomever you want. Going through the Skype in the Classroom site makes it easier for you to connect with other teachers.
Steps in the process? Read more