Invite a Lawyer to Skype with your Class

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Nov 022010

I was made aware of this opportunity via Twitter:

On Thursday November 11, 2010, the Harlan Institute will be virtually visiting classrooms across the country in the inaugural SCOTUS-Skype-Teach-A-Thon. As a complement to, the Harlan Institute has trained a group of Mentors to to deliver virtual lectures to classrooms using Skype video chats.

Our mentors consist of attorneys, law professors, and law students who are all committed to raising awareness of the Constitution and the Supreme Court. During the inaugural SCOTUS-Skype-Teach-A-Thon, mentors will engage your class and discuss the most fascinating cases before the Supreme Court this term, including Snyder v. PhelpsSchwarzenegger v. EMA, NASA v. Nelson, Connick v. Thompson, and Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting. […]

If you are interested is interested in participating, please sign up your class at and request a mentor for your class.

Why not create your own Blog?

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Nov 012010

We have over 50 Blogs under the Around The World with 80 Schools umbrella. Some more active than others. They are a great way to read and explore HOW others are using Skype to connect their students and opening up the classroom walls.

Take a look at:

  • Dondi’s blog from Hungary
    They acted out words and their partner class had to guess them. They also taught them a few words in Hungarian
  • Chrissy H. from Thailand shares many Skype connections on her All Things Skype blog.
    Find pictures and descriptions of her calls to South Korea, Australia and the USA. She also has a How-To-Guide about placing a Clustr Visitors Map on your blog
  • Rich Platt’s blog, Local to Gobal Connections, starts out with an intriguing question to reflect upon: What makes you global?
  • Heidi Musteros’ blog, Goeprimaria from Argentina, which is written in English and Spanish,  is an incredible source of images and videos of her trinlingual (English, Spanish and German) Skype connections around the world. She does an incredible job of describing, summarizing and reflecting of the learning that is going on with her students.

Take a look at these blogs, start commenting on them as well to ask questions or give feedback to the owner. Collect ideas for your next Skype connections.

GET INSPIRED to create and start your own blog!

Just by being a member on the AWW80S site, you are entitled to a free blog.

Simply click on “My Blogs” in the task bar at the top of this window (you have to be logged in). Then click on “Create a Blog!”.

Then enter the name, which will become part of your blog’s URL address.

Once your blog is created, you will be able to customize it with a different theme, write pages and posts and start sharing your experiences. The AWW80S blogs are created on the WordPress platform. There are many tutorials available on the internet to help you get started. I have created the following pdf file as well, that will show you step by step instructions.

I can’t stress the importance of sharing enough! There are so many educators who have never heard of Skype or need extra inspiration and encouragement. Even if you are a newbie yourself, your perspective, successes and (yes even!) failures are important to share.

If you are interested in hearing more about the “Moral Imperative of Sharing” take a look at Dean Shareski’s K12 Online Conference 2010 video presentation.

Looking forward to see more blogs on Around The World with 80 Schools sharing the incredible work each and every one of you are doing!

More Skype Resources

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Oct 072010

I wanted to share some great resources about Skyping in the classroom with our AWW80S members. I am also adding the following links to the Skype Resource Page here on the AWW80S site.

One of our newest members, Bill Ferriter, @wferriter.

Bill blogs on The Tempered Radical, Tweets as @plugusin. and is author of two books, Building a Professional Learning Community at Work and Teaching the iGeneration

He shares a wealth of Skype resources on his Digitally Speaking Wiki.

Take a Look at All the Skype Blogs

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Sep 212010

Need inspiration how to integrate Skype into your classroom? Do you want to read about other teachers and examples of worldwide connections. Take a look at the 40+ different Skype Blogs on this Around The World with 80 Schools site.

Explore all the Blogs on AWW80S

You will be sure to find a project, images or videos that will help you plan and connect you own students!

Why not consider creating your own blog on to document your journey? Simply click on “My Blogs” on the top bar, then “Create a Blog!”

Create your Own Blog!

Aug 282010

A new school year has started for us here in the Northern Hemisphere. We are off to a fantastic start. I am working with our 5th grade teacher and class on their Christopher Columbus Social Studies unit.

Cristobal Colon

We are looking to involve students in researching the historic figure from different perspectives in order to put together a more accurate view of the “hero-fied” persona he has been portrayed as in many textbooks in the USA.

To this end, we would like to skype with “experts” from different countries and backgrounds who could tell us a little bit about what their perception of Christopher Columbus is. What have they been taught in school or at the university about the “Discoverer of the Americas”? Do you celebrate “Columbus Day” , “Dia de la Raza” or “Dia de la Hispanidad” in October? What does your textbook say?

We would be interested in skyping with educators at the elementary school, middle school, high school or university level as well as entire school classes to put together different perspectives.

Please leave a comment here on this post, contact me via the form or Tweet me to let me know you would be interested in participating (The actual Skype call should not last longer than 5 minutes and we would send you specific questions ahead of time).

Reform Symposium Presentation

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Jul 312010

Please join me for a “Skype Around the World” presentation at the Reform Symposium Online Conference.

Saturday, July 31st at 15:00 EST.

Click on the link below to enter the Elluminate session. I am looking forward to sharing the Around The World With 80 Schools Project with attendees. Tips and ideas how to connect and prepare your students for a successful Skype call.

Presentation: Skype Around The World

Description: Connect your students to the world!

Date & Times: Sat. July 31st 12pm-12:30pm LA/ 3pm, NYC/ 8pm London/ 9pm, Paris/5am, Sun., Sydney/ 4am, Sun., Tokyo
Click here for more time zones!

Click here to join the presentation:

Celebrating Yom Yerushalaim- Jerusalem Day via Skype

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Jun 012010

Students from Martin J Gottlieb Day School (Jacksonville, Florida/USA) and Amirim School from Binyamina, Israel recently celebrated Jerusalem Day together. A true opportunity to share Language, Culture & History via Skype.
A grandfather in Israel shared his memories of the Six Day War (1967) of liberating Jerusalem. The Rabbi from Florida explained what Jerusalem means to Jews outside of Israel. Students sang songs, played instruments and practiced English and Hebrew.


Behind the Curtains of a Skype Call

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May 252010

In this video, we show you a little bit what is happening behind the curtains of the actual Skype call. Students are discussing some of the Skype jobs they take on during a connection as well as debriefing after the call.


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