Holy buckets! Two blog posts in one day. How do I have time to do anything else? Before you start feeling impressed... here is a small taste of today's schedule: wake up, blog about Evernote, eat breakfast, brush teeth, blog about Skype in the Classroom, eat lunch. Eventually I will throw a shower in there. Not impressed anymore? Told you so. Anyway, back to the topic at hand.
I think Skype in the Classroom is a great digital resource that people should know about. I ran across this site about a year ago and didn't really take it seriously until a few weeks ago. I have decided that I am going to embark on a Challenge Based Learning project with my class this upcoming year that is focused on recognizing similarities and celebrating differences with people around the nation/globe. To do this, I need to make a few contacts with people from said areas. Hmmm. Bring in the usefulness of Skype in the Classroom. Add that to the power of blogging combined withe the shameless plug (I plan to link this article) on Twitter and I should be able to come up with something. Teachers from all over the world are using Skype to make learning more exciting, memorable, and authentic. Skype offers an immediate way for students to discover new cultures and ideas, all without leaving the classroom. Can anyone say free field trip? Sweet. Here is a video on how to get started.
Here's an article worth reading that lists 10 great ideas for using Skype in your classroom. http://www.edudemic.com/2013/03/10-ways-to-start-using-skype-in-the-classroom/ Or check out this video for some inspiration. Do you already do these things now? I would love to hear about it! If by chance you are interested in connecting with me and my class this upcoming school year, please let me know!
My name is Carrie Gaffney. Someone once asked me a question that remains in the back of my mind and helps to shape my life: "How will you be remarkable?" I am continuously trying to discover new ways to answer that question.