Five Ways to Use Skype in Your Classroom“We’re going to use Skype?” “Yay!” “Can I talk?” These are some of the comments from my students when we use Skype in our classroom. Engagement is never an issue when we use this tool! But using Skype in a relevant way…that is another issue. If we are going to use...
Keeping the Curriculum Context in Connected Classrooms
Primary teacher Kathy Cassidy shares a year’s worth of ideas from her connected classroom about how to keep global learning activities in sync with curriculum goals and objectives.
What is Your Ideal School?
International distance educator Smadar Goldstein has been teaching students in the U.S. and elsewhere online for more than 10 years, from her company headquarters in Israel. The connected world is finally melting down the traditional education mold, she says â€“ so what should school be instead? She offers some of her ideas in this PLP Voices post.
The Early-Literacy Shift: New Words, New Media, New Friends
The days of students reading only books, writing only on paper and becoming literate in an isolated classroom have past, says primary teacher Kathy Cassidy. Even in Grade One, students need to learn new vocabulary, new mediums of communication, and new ways to connect with the world.
1st Look: Skype Group Video Calls
Teacher Kathy Cassidy has used Skype for years to connect her primary-aged students with the world. So when the company offered free group video to educators, she jumped at the chance. Five classrooms and lots of Lucky Charms to count! Find out what happened and read her “lessons learned.”