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Global Citizenship: Skype in the Classroom

What better way to help your students become global citizens and problem-solvers than by collaborating with other students around the world? Some Skype collaborations focus on typical "pen pal," "getting to know you" communications, while others in this collection highlight actual collaborative projects. The students learn about each others' worlds, but also work together. This collection will give you tons of ideas for Skype projects in your classroom.
A Collection By Amelia Franz
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Global Citizenship: Skype in the Classroom
  • Amelia Franz says:
    This Skype blog story explains how photojournalist Anna Therese Day used Skype to learn about rising sea levels from schoolchildren on Kiribati Island in the South Pacific. The students helped her understand how their lives were changing because of deteriorating seawalls and limited access to clean water, which helped her write the story she believed needed to be told about their changing way of life and perilous future.
  • thejournal.com
    thejournal.com

    6 Ways Videoconferencing Is Expanding the Classroom

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    Amelia Franz says:
    This article on distance learning describes how students in Alaska spent the night at school in order to be awake for a video conference with an Israeli classroom. The collaboration goes beyond simply learning about cultures because the students actually collaborate on projects. In my opinion, this is exactly the kind of projects students should working on. Tech workers today work in global teams and spend much of their time doing exactly this: problem-solving through video conferencing.
  • Visit The Turtle Hospital!

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    education.microsoft.com
    education.microsoft.com
    Amelia Franz says:
    I included this link as an example of the virtual Skype field trips available because I think this would be a wonderful cross-curriculum field trip. Language Arts students could write about the turtles, while science students could learn about marine ecology.
  • Amelia Franz says:
    You can search this site for teachers around the world who are interested in collaboration, sharing, and learning. This site isn’t specifically limited to Skype collaboration.
  • Amelia Franz says:
    This Facebook community posts featured Skype activities and lessons on national parks, the military, rainforests, and elephant conservation, to name only a few topics.
  • Skype in the Classroom

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    education.microsoft.com
    education.microsoft.com
    Amelia Franz says:
    Microsoft's Skype in the Classroom site has tons of ideas and opportunities for connecting your class with others around the world through Skype. There are also many lesson plans, virtual field trips, and Mystery Skype ("a global guessing game"). If you're interested, this would be a great place to start exploring.
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    edudemic.com

    6 Creative Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom

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    Amelia Franz says:
    The title pretty much says it all: creative ways to use Skype in the classroom. I like the idea of using it to "host a virtual career exploration day" or to "conduct expert interviews."
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BloomBoard Asks:What kinds of Skype projects have you used in your classroom, and how do you believe they benefitted your students, educationally and personally?