Keeping Connected with SKYPE

SKYPE calls are a wonderful tool to use in the classroom. Classrooms can connection with other classrooms, professionals, and locals such as museums.

There are many resources that provide opportunities for classrooms to find connections and many Distance Learning vendors are also using SKYPE as an option for connections.

skype-tips-tricksKatrina Keene’s article states how Mystery SKYPE calls can connect your classroom to the world. To read the entire article, click here – Mystery SKYPE Calls

 

 

Ensure Success with SKYPE?

  • Practice with another classroom in your building or district

  • Connect with educators you know in other districts, states, countries

  • Test SKYPE connection

  • Have specific goals for connection

  • Discuss etiquette with students and plan who will speak when

  • Have a back up plan in case there are technology glitches

 

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SKYPE in the Classroom Resources

  1. SKYPE in the Classroom – https://education.skype.com/

  2. SKYPE with Penguin Publishing Authors – http://www.penguin.com/school-library/skype-authors/

  3. SKYPE an Author – http://skypeanauthor.wikifoundry.com/

  4. Kate Messener’s Authors Who SKYPE for free – http://www.katemessner.com/authors-who-skype-with-classes-book-clubs-for-free/

SKYPE Projects

  • SKYPE with a Professional

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  • SKYPE with an Author

  • SKYPE with a local such as a museum or landmark

  • SKYPE with Pen Pals

  • SKYPE with parents

Meet the VGO Robot

Using Technology To Instruct Home Bound Students

With the VGO Robot

In the Monroe #1 BOCES region, a district needed help connecting an elementary student to her classroom. Due to medical issues, the student hasn’t been able to attend school for several months. Even with the help of a tutor, the student was missing out on the social aspect of school and interactive learning with other students. With the help of a VGO robot, whom the class has affectionately called Frosty, the student can now connect to the classroom for socialization and math instruction.

The Value of Field Trips – In person and virtual

A recent study discussed the benefits of field trips for students.  There has been a drastic reduction in schools participating in field trips due to expense, scheduling, and curriculum. Click on the link below to read the entire article.

ARTICLE: The Educational Value of Field Trips

Items of interest from the article:

Students:

  • Recall more details
  • Use Critical Thinking
  • Display Historical Empathy
  • Increased Tolerance
  • Increased Interest in Museums
  • Greater Benefit for Disadvantaged Students