Skype: a Connection Tool
Skype is yet another internet tool that is often neglected or totally ignored in the classroom. There are many advantages to maximize and reinvigorate classic pedagogical methods for today’s students. For instance, you can pair up with a classroom from another school and have students prepare oral presentations on a subject and share what they’ve worked on with a new public unfamiliar to the subject. (50 Powerful Ways To Use Skype In The Classroom)
The novelty of it will add excitement to the classroom. It is an opportunity to renew the all too common practice of oral communication in the classroom. kids already know most other students in their classroom and have nothing to ask them. This gives them the opportunity to revisit important basic questions such as asking someone their age, name, hobbies, passions, etc.
Furthermore, kids can learn about foreign cultures in a first-hand manner. They get to see the people and hear what they have to say about their own country instead of a teacher who’s never been there before.
Skype is also an interesting addition to the classroom because it omits the need of physical transportation. A teacher can set up online meetings with the students and their parents from home instead of driving to school. You can set up interviews or presentations with special guests from around the world with fair ease, without them having to physically travel.
Skype actually has a section designed to help teachers use its interface. It includes demonstrative videos. (Skype in the classroom)
To ignore the ever growing opportunities for a pedagogical renewal (see revolution) offered by the online world is, for lack of a better word, blasphemous.