Reasons for Skyping in the Classroom


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I have been skyping for several years now. Primarily to stay in contact with my family and friends who are scattered around the world. Just this past school year, I have started skyping in the classroom with my students.

I have blogged about our great experiences in connecting Kindergarten, first grade, fifth and sixth grade students with classes from Argentina and Peru via  Skype.

My primary reason for using Skype was to connect my students with  students from other countries  in order to raise global awareness:

  • there are kids like me somewhere else
  • different cultures, holidays, traditions
  • time zones
  • opposite seasons
  • foreign languages
  • tolerance
  • we live in a flat and increasingly smaller world

I also live- video- conferenced  with my students when I was in Costa Rica and Peru on a Global Studies trip. We were able to show them the Volcano live, that we were seeing from our hotel room in Costa Rica.


They were able to catch a glimpse of the mountains surrounding the Urubamba Valle  (Sacred Valley) in Peru.



It was a great opportunity to allow  our students to see us on location , to talk to us and ask us questions. It made it real to them…

There are other educators who are thinking about the reasons how and why to Skype with their students.

On the Learning is Messy blog, Brian Crosby has a great post about Making Video Conferencing- More than just a cool tool.

We are usually Skyping to share info about a topic  we’ve been studying or to work on a project so students are engaged in learning activities before the conference that include speaking up, practicing their parts, and editing material beyond just the content we’ve been learning.

He continues explaining that he has them

clarify what they are hearing. Finally when the video-conference is over I often have students write about what they learned or what happened.

In summary, there are different ways WHY you are/could/would/should be using Skype with your class:

  • raise global awareness
  • keep in contact
  • report live from a location
  • receive or share information about content  students have been studying
  • practice public speaking skills (communication skills)
  • get in contact with an expert on the topic you are studying
  • talk to eye witnesses

If you are still not convinced of the potential skype holds beyond a “video phone call” watch  Brian Crosby’s class on the following powerful video.

Read about other teachers’ experiences and the logistics of setting up Skype.

Interested in video conferencing with your class for any of the reasons mentioned above (or your own reasons). Check out and add your contact info to the following list

  • Skype Other Classrooms!
    List of educators around the world, looking for and willing to collaborate with other classrooms!

What are some of the reasons you are or envision using Skype with your students?