Skype Connects Classrooms With Field Trips Around the World

By:Frank Smith

skype“Skype’s video chats have developed into an innovative tool for global classroom collaboration.

With today’s connected classrooms, field trips aren’t limited to your county, your state or even your country. Students are taking virtual field trips to some of the world’s most amazing locales with experts as their guides, thanks to Skype.

Skype field trips allow educators to let their students experience the world. The website hosts a series of tours covering a wide range of educational subjects. For example, students can interview a Yellowstone National Park ranger to learn more about geology, ecology and more from the historic park; learn about the endangered African penguin, and speak with an underwater videographer and shark diver.

The tours are free and last from 15 minutes to an hour.

Another popular way to use Skype in the classroom is Mystery Skype, a global guessing game that connects classrooms from around the world. In 2014, Today Show host Natalie Moralesparticipated in a Mystery Skype experience that connected two classrooms 4,000 miles apart.” To read further please click here:

http://www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2015/09/skype-connects-classrooms-field-trips-around-world

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