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Using Skype in the Classroom

Photo, Flat Classroom Skype, November 29, 2008, superkimbo, Flickr

In this video (20 min. 49 sec.), educator Silvia Tolisano narrates a comprehensive overview of Skype and its use and potential in the classroom.

Tolisano includes a basic introduction to the hardware and software involved, advice on how to set up a call and where to look for contacts, footage of classroom-to-classroom calls and classroom-to-expert (author, artist, scientist) calls, and suggestions on planning, troubleshooting, and following up calls. She focuses on images and examples of Skype use in elementary-level classrooms.