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How can educators and students connect globally?

Lynne Hoffman Apprentice
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Would teachers benefit from sharing ideas and discussing educational issues with colleagues from around the world?  Can students learn more about different cultures and other topics from sharing information with students from other parts of the world?  The digital age continues to draw the world closer and make distance learning easy.

 

For example, Skype in the Classroom connects teachers globally and provides opportunities for project collaboration.  Has anyone used Skype in the Classroom to connect students globally?


Check out the blog post--"21st Century Engagement with Skype in the Classroom"--to learn new ways to tear down walls and help students become global learners.

 

Helpful Tips for Implementing Skype in the Classroom

 

  • Make sure Skype is not blocked in your district. If it is, find out who can unblock it.
  • Create a Skype account.
  • Classroom management is a must! Assign jobs.
  • Make sure everyone can be seen and heard.
  • Do a test run before the actual Skype.
  • Make sure there’s someone there who can help if you need it, it could be a student.
  • Be prepared! My kids always had their questions on index cards.
  • Have a time limit.
  • Don’t panic if the tech messes up, it happens! Reschedule.
  • If Skyping with someone who has given of their time, send Thank you letters or notes. (optional)

(Excerpt from the blog post by Lisa Mims)

 

The ePals Global Community is another website for connecting teachers and classrooms world-wide.  What do you think of this global community?


I also recommend checking out several other discussions in the Thinkfinity Community on this topic:

Have you Heard of Skype's New Teacher Directory?

Has anyone used Skype for sharing reading opportunities?

Connecting the Classroom with the Outside World

 

Please share your ideas on global educational connections. What other resources have you found to connect you and your students globally?  How have you used these resources in your own teaching?

 


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