Skype In The Classroom: A Skype Network For Teachers

Technology advances at a rapid rate, and governments in charge of education are struggling to keep up. In an age where pupils spend much of their time on Facebook, and where schoolyard issues are often broadcasted to the entire world, teachers are faced with a challenge- how to adapt their teaching to keep their students interested in their education.

Sarah Kessler over on Mashable is reporting on a new product from Skype, which they call Skype in the classroom. According to the Skype Education website, the new service provides a “place for teachers to connect with each other, find partner classes and share inspiration”. Over 4000 teachers have signed up since the beta was launched in December, and the users of this new teacher network have used it to co-ordinate classes and share learning material.

Other uses for this system could include students being able to see other students who are in other parts of the world, and language students can practice their skills with people who natively speak those languages. There are many uses for a system like this, and it is now up to teachers to use it in a way which benefits their students. For more information about this new Skype in the classroom feature, check out the Mashable article.

Does this affect you or your children? Do you have any thoughts on how this could be used effectively in the classroom? Let us know in the comments below.