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K12Online Presentation: Around the World with Skype

December 16, 2009 AWW80S, Conferences, Video Conference 13 Comments

Around the World with Skype (English Version)

Alrededor del Mundo con Skype (Spanish Version)
Here are links mentioned in my presentation “Around the World with Skype” (English Version) and “Alrededor del Mundo con Skype” (Spanish Version) and further tips & resources for teacher who are looking to integrate Skype into their classroom.

Skype
http://www.skype.com

Skype connections mentioned:

Here are some great projects, listings and directories to help you find Skype connection partners

Screencapturing & Screencasting Programs:

Backchannel:

Assigned Roles for Students during Skype Calls.

  • Calendar
  • Greeter
  • Share
  • Q&A
  • Photographer
  • Videographer
  • Backchannel Writer
  • Google Maps Placemarks
  • Google Earth Distance
  • Blogger Live
  • Blogger- Word Problems
  • Data Form
  • Time Elapsed

Assigned Roles and their Descriptions

Assigned Roles to Printout

More Skype tips

  • Grand-Friends and Fairytales’ reading hour with elderly people in the community and our Kindergarten classes
  • Make the topic of your skype call an extension of their learning or reinforecement of a concept, rather than an introduction. If the stuents have an existing background knowledge, they can ask much deeper and more involved questions.
  • Know something about the geographic location you are calling. Visit it prior to the call with Google Earht. Compare and contrast the community and location.
  • Devise and activity to practice descriptive language. When two groups of students described themselves over the voice connection and people on the other end had to guess which photograph matched the speaker.
  • Invest in a good USB microphone.
  • Start small and simple. Then start getting more and more connections and you will use it more and more.
    Don’t try to make a big huge project project out of it the first time you use it. Just call us for 5 mins of meet and greet fun ;)
  • There is a learning curve for the kids- the more they conference the better they become at learning how to converse, how to listen, how to think ahead to the next visit.
  • Give each student a world map and each time the class connects with someone, have the students place a dot and name next to where the individual was from to teach geography.
  • It’s definitely a work in progress , but I have seen the positive excitement, energy and learning that can result from using Skype to connect with others.
  • One teacher invited her administrator in for the first Skype call and got immediate support. Inviting parents in to a Skype call also guaranteed their support.
  • If a call doesn’t go well, keep trying.

Possible questions to ask for data collection purposes:

  • What is the weather like? Ask about temperature, seasons, etc
  • What time is it where you are located?
  • What books do you like to read?
  • What music do you like to listen to?
  • What movies are playing in the theatres right now?
  • What are your favorite television shows?
  • What does your flag look like?

Overcoming time zone challenges:

Resources

3 Essential Questions: Around the World with Skype

  1. Please share some of the benefits you have observed with our students as you are making connections around the world with skype.
  2. What are some of the obstacles you have faced AND overcome in connecting your class to a global community via video conference ?
  3. How are you connecting and integrating authentic learning via these global connections to your curriculum?

3 Preguntas :Alrededor del Mundo con Skype

  1. ¿Qué beneficios/ventajas  obtuvieron/has observado en  tus alumnos al hacer  conexiones   alrededor del mundo con Skype?
  2. ¿Cuáles son los obstáculos que has encontrado y/o superado al conectar con una comunidad global vía Skype?
  3. ¿Cómo logras integrar este aprendizaje auténtico en tus planes de estudios/en tus clases?

Currently there are "13 comments" on this Article:

  1. DrVoIP says:

    Oh my god, it covers too many topics, hope it doesnt bounce of the heads for first time users

  2. Terry Smith says:

    This blog has a great set of skype resources and ideas! Thanks so much. We have some 4th grade video examples similar to the suggestions you listed at the following link.

    http://www.smithclass.org/Videos/video07-08.htm

    Cheers,

    Terry Smith

  3. Paula Naugle says:

    Thank you so much for this wonderful presentation. I have been using Skype for the last two years to connect my students to other classes around the United States. My goal this year is to go international.

    This year we have a buddy Skype class – Jan Wells’ 4th grade in Kansas. We have completed several collaborative projects with them. Check them out on my classroom blog – http://pnaugle.blogspot.com.
    .-= Paula Naugle´s last blog ..Merry Christmas to My Students and Me =-.

  4. [...] @GiseldaSantos shared Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano’s K12 Online Conference presentation, Around the World with Skype that provides several ideas and tips on how to use Skype in the [...]

  5. Thanks for all the info and links. I’m really trying to organize Skyping with other classes at my school right now, so this is perfect.

    FYI: The video isn’t working for me. I’m not sure if it’s my computer or the page. You might want to check it out.
    .-= Nick Jaworski´s last blog ..3 Kinds of Teachers by Anita Kwiatkowska =-.

  6. Nevermind, the video loaded after 10 minutes. Weird. Good thing I left the page open.
    .-= Nick Jaworski´s last blog ..3 Kinds of Teachers by Anita Kwiatkowska =-.

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  8. [...] presentation, "Around the World with Skype." Silvia's presentation (also available in Spanish) and her "supporting documents" blog post are chock-full of instructional examples of how synchronous conferencing is being used [...]

  9. [...] Sylvia's "supporting documents" post for this presentation is thorough and also fantastic. If you are or are considering using Skype or other videoconferencing tools with students in your classroom, don't miss Sylvia's outstanding presentation and resource list. The preso is just over 20 minutes long. [...]

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