Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Using Skype to Connect Students to Experts

 Using Skype to Connect students to experts around the world.

 

Skype is a powerful website.  Skype allows teachers to bring a wide range of experts into your classroom.  It also allows you to connect your class with other classes around the world. 

image No matter what you are studying, there are all manner of experts out there to talk to in order to enhance what you are studying.  We invited food blogger, MarocMamma, to Skype with our class. She will be joining us in a few weeks to talk to them about the process of writing professionally, how she still needs to go through the writing process (brainstorming, drafting, editing and revising) and how she connects with others through her blog.

Photo: As part of their unit on rocks ISM students here in Casablanca learned about colorful and shiny semi-precious stones from a jewelry maker in England by interacting live via Skype.Last year, another teacher at my school was studying rocks and minerals.  Her class spoke with her sister who makes jewelry.  Find all of the details in this old post -   ISM Spotlight–Volcanoes, Rock Museums & Precious Stones

photo 1-4Thanks to the video feature of Skype, we can also view the collections of others using this amazing website.  Recently, my class viewed the money collection of a friend of our director on a Skype call.  He spoke with them about different types of currency, but he also showed them money made out of animal hides, tea and metal. 

These are only a few ways you can use Skype in your classroom.  Stop by my blog – Raki’s Rad Resources to read this post with suggestions on how to use Skype in your classroom.

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources

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