Teacher Review For Skype

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Celine P.
Technology coordinator
Horizon Middle School
Aurora, CO
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 3
Support 3
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
We have used this tool to bring in guest speakers who would otherwise be unable to attend. Our best experience happened when a student of ours moved to South Korea. We had studied the problem of gaming addiction in South Korea in our internet safety class prior to the student leaving. By the time second semester came and I had new kids, the student had been living there for a couple of months so we were able to include him in that unit. My students had a great time asking him questions and it was really easy for him to describe the similarities and differences between the two countries since he had experience with both. The only difficulties are ensuring you have the correct equipment to enable the speaker to view and hear the audience.
My Take
This has been great for us. It is very difficult to find the time and money to bring in guest speakers or take the kids to the speakers. This tool allows us to speak directly to experts in the fields. When our kids were creating their engineering posters we were able to Skype with a fellow at a college an hour and a half away. He was able to show us some examples of posters he had created and was able to see the posters our students were creating and provide feedback.