Skype - The Ultimate Tool for the Global Classroom

Teaching standards 2.6.2, 3.4.2

Audience:  All educators including Primary & Secondary, ESL Teachers, Language Teachers, Principals

Skype's video chats have developed into an innovative tool for global classroom collaboration. Using this very simple video chat service, you can engage in numerous projects that may not be accessible due to geographic location, time, cost and practicality. Skype in the Classroom is an online community that enables thousands of teachers to inspire the next generation of global citizens through transformative learning over Skype. Language is not a barrier, as Skype now has a facility called Skype Translator that allows students to connect with students in other countries. This can be especially invaluable for studying other languages, ESL students and multicultural studies.

There are four ways this can be achieved:
1. Skype Lessons that allows you to connect with any teacher or classroom around the world.
2.  Mystery Skype is a fun project where you can learn about geography by trying to guess who you are skyping with.

3.  Virtual Field Trips that can take you anywhere around the world.
Guest Speakers from many expert fields who can connect with your class. 

4.  Integrating Skype and other tools, your classroom can become a vibrant, multicultural and multi-diverse hub that will not only engage and motivate your students but will also enhance their learning.  

This course is 6 PD hours. Accreditation

What's included?

1 Survey
14 Texts
Karina Barley
Karina Barley

About the instructor

Karen Barley is an internationally recognized educational consultant specializing in the needs of children with autism and their families. She has over 25 years of expertise as an educator, private one-on-one consultant, course developer and educational technology specialist.
Karen is especially successful connecting with children who have autism and creating behavioural, sensory and educational strategies that help children reach their full potential. Her highly personable style, combined with extensive research, knowledge and firsthand experience of the needs of children with autism, makes her extremely effective and innovative in tailoring individual solutions for families and their schools. Using new and existing approaches Karen integrates her pioneering work with iPad technology to create differentiated educational programs where children with autism can consistently experience success while learning.

In addition, Ms Barley is an accomplished and engaging, sought-after public speaker and teacher trainer. She has shared her significant insights and knowledge on such subjects as, Technology in Education, Technology and Autism, Autism Awareness, 21st Century Learning, Technology and Curriculum Development and other subjects in the United States, Australia and as a keynote guest speaker for international face to face and online conferences.

She is now undertaking her PhD and is a sessional teacher at Monash University.

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