The power of Skype in the Classroom
The project was linked with the Global Classroom project which had a voicethread that ran parallel with all the skyping for schools who couldn't connect due to time zones.
With some of the older classes we had an extra element to our skype as we first had to use our geography knowledge to ask questions to find out the location of the class. The children had iPads and Google maps at hand to help them narrow it down. Mystery Skype is a superb idea that really bring Geography to life. Sometimes I think there is a severe lack of coverage in knowledge of the world - countries, capital cities etc. The Mystery skype provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the world in a more interactive and engaging way. We asked questions such as:
- Do you live in the Northern Hemisphere?
- Do you live in America?
- Is it snowing where you are?
- Do you border Mexico?
- When do you put your decorations up?
- What do you have for your Christmas dinner?
- What do you leave for Father Christmas?
- How do you celebrate Christmas in school?
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All the classes thoroughly enjoyed this experience and learnt a lot about the differences in traditions in America to ourselves. This only showed a glimpse of the possibilities of using Skype in the classroom! The Education Skype website has loads of ideas and lessons that can transport your class to anywhere in the world! Well worth a look!