Resources

 

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

  1. Videoconferencing
    1. Learning More about Classroom Videoconferencing
    2. Teacher Videoconference Checklist
    3. Student Videoconference Checklist
    4. Tracking Your Videoconference
    5. Conversation Role Play Activity
    6. Skype Skills to Master Tipsheet
  2. Reflecting on Digital Conversations

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?

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