It was an exciting day when Mrs Hall sat in her classroom and held a video conference with Mrs Whittaker, who was sitting comfortably in her office. They were using the application Skype which is a widely used video conferencing tool that enables participants in different locations to make voice and/or video calls over the internet or to type instant messages to each other.
Mrs Hall is organising a video conference between her class and an advertising executive in the USA, as part of their unit of enquiry on advertising. Other possibilities for using Skype include linking up buddy classes or classes from other schools.
For some other people’s experiences with using Skype in the classroom, check out these links :