Skype has been used by teachers and students for some time, but now there is a Skype in the Classroom initiative to make connecting with other teachers and students even easier.
Skype in the classroom is a free global community that invites teachers to collaborate on classroom projects where they might use Skype, and share skills and inspiration around specific teaching needs.
Skype in the classroom brings together people and information to save teachers time and help them make the most of Skype and the international teaching community.
Create a profile that sets out your interests, specialities and location, and then create projects. Projects enable you to find partner classes, partner teachers or guest speakers for a specific learning activity. You can browse through projects or even search by keyword, which makes it easy for teachers to share expertise and collaborate on projects even when they don’t already know each other.
Teachers can also browse through a members-only directory to find teachers who can offer them help, or whom they might be able to help. Once teachers find someone they’d like to connect with, they can add that person as a Skype contact. There’s also a directory of resources to help teachers share inspiring videos, links and tips around using in their classrooms.
Here’s an example:
Kara from Missouri, speaks about finding teachers to connect with on Skype in the classroom from Skype in the classroom on Vimeo.