Teach Without Walls
Skype is a free and easy way for teachers to open up their classroom and their students to a world way beyond their campus. Skype is increasingly being used for useful things, especially in the world of education.
Skype is used the world over both for business and leisure to chat with friends, peers, or clients via instant messaging or voice and video calling. Here are just a 10 ways in which Skype can be used as a great educational tech tool in the classroom:
1. Author Visits
Book authors for example often do not get enough time to attend all scheduled book reading commitments and possible book launches. Skype is an invaluable way to help such people to be virtually present via Skype for such commitments even though though they may be physically absent from their audiences.
2. Guest Lectures
Guest lectures are a popular scenario where a lecture can be delivered half way across the globe to an audience resulting in huge travelling cost savings.
3. After School Help
Skype can be used as a tool to provide after school help to students needing extra attention or private tutoring. Tutors, teachers, or librarians can be available at set times in the afternoons for student access.
4. Virtual Field Trips
Students constrained by space, time and/or resources can participate field trips far away from home, by bringing the field trip to the classroom through Skype video conferencing.
One of the biggest corporate uses of Skype today is conducting interviews. While this use is more popular for recruiting purposes, Skype can be used to conduct interviews in the educational space. Individual students can interview other teachers or school staff, sending the Skype feed to the classroom for all to watch.
In conclusion, there are arguably more ways in which Skype can be used innovatively in the education sector to educate, train, inspire and power other people near and far. The only challenge is to have access to high speed internet broadband connectivity. However, as we all know, depending on where you are in the world, this challenge is work in progress.