Several months ago, I was heavily inspired by the assessment of learning via Skype, well documented in the blog post at http://langwitches.org/blog/2010/11/20/assessment-of-learning-via-skype/ and the release of Skype in the classroom with its directory of languages resources at http://education.skype.com/resources – you must be logged in to access these (accounts are free). To the right you can see the array of sorting and filtering options for the growing pool of resources. Be sure to contribute your own.
Find out more about Skype in the classroom with points on:
- What you can do on Skype in the classroom
- How to get started
- And much more…
If you need to, get Skype. It’s free. Our campus has the Skype program installed already – maybe one day we’ll have microphones too! Contact your IT department and request it if you don’t already have the software. Beg your budget planners if you need hardware (microphones retail for at $10 and educational bulk purchases are even cheaper). Meanwhile, there are structured chat activities such as practicing writing for fluency (some on the Navitas Ning) to be used.
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