Chances are you've heard of Skype, and perhaps have even used the technology to keep in touch with friends or family. Well, have you ever thought of bringing that tool into your classroom? Video conferencing and collaborating through Skype opens doors and opportunities to your students. Skype in Education's website is full of teachers and experts looking for classes to join lessons and activities, all you need to do is sign up for an account, search and join already created lessons or post your own.
This week our 5th grades welcomed two poets into our classrooms. Irene Latham kicked off our poetry study and answered student questions. The kids loved visiting with a published poet, and Irene offered to have students send her their poetry for feedback! Another amazing thing Irene did was sending each student a personalized, autographed bookmark. Our second poet was Caroline Starr Rose, who shared poems from her book May B, answered student interview questions, and encouraged students to go for their dreams. Both Skype sessions were enthralling, and we look forward to many more as they year continues.
I encourage you to try Skype, whether it is to welcome a mystery reader, an author, science expert, or partner classroom, and explore the Skype in Education website as well. Your students will love the experience, collaboration and access to new information it provides!