Pause to learn…
Skype, as of this date, is a free, easy way to connect classrooms to classrooms and classrooms to authors or other experts. Skype is an audio or video call through your computer and internet connection. Imagine opening up the doors to learning through the sharing of ideas, cultures, learning, data, etc. How could you use Skype in the classroom? Here are 50 Ways at Teachingdegree.org. And here are author visits available through Skype An Author by author Mona Kerby and Library Media Specialist Sarah Chauncey.
My students have skyped and shared, and loved every second sharing their cultural dancing. Learn about that experience here.
But how do you get started? How do you connect?
So, with this background information, there’s no reason not to start. Got a computer with an Internet connection? Download Skype and get started.
Play to learn…
As for me, I’ve just signed up at Around the World with 80 Schools and will look for middle school connections. On what will we connect? I’ll ask my students; we’ll look together and wonder at what questions to ask and what we have to share based on the information at the site. How long will we take to connect with 80 schools? Our Grade Level Expectations will become authentic learning with authentic assessments and we will enjoy our progress. No matter how long it takes to meet 80 schools, our learning will be ongoing… won’t you join us?
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