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Take your classroom to another country (for free)

Betty Ray Director of Programming and Innovation @Edutopia

A very interesting article featuring our own Elvira Deyamport that describes how she took her 3rd grade class to Spain via Skype, and a partnership with a school in Barcelona.

http://bit.ly/ab4TBh

She used a site called Around the World in 80 Schools to find a school to "visit." Very exciting! (And Skype is free.)

http://aroundtheworldin80schools.com/schools/schools.php

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I went into the new site for the 80 schools that will participate with my classroom for skyping. We have a webcam, is that possible? I also am not finding how we contact the school we are interested in. Can you help? I really want my students to get a bit of exposure to this and integrate it into my classroom. Please help.

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I went into the new site for the 80 schools that will participate with my classroom for skyping. We have a webcam, is that possible? I also am not finding how we contact the school we are interested in. Can you help? I really want my students to get a bit of exposure to this and integrate it into my classroom. Please help.

Hi Dalia,

I'm glad to help. Have you installed Skype to your computer? If so, we can set up a chat and I can show you how to get started on the 80 schools website or other sites. Please let me know what days you are available this week- you can send me a private message.

Elvira

1st Grade Teacher in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Thank you for sharing this website Elvira!

I have been looking for ways to integrate technology, specifically in the area of global communication. I serve in a high poverty school, so my kids' never get out of their neighborhood. I would love to expose them to the world....even the country or state! My district is anything but tech-savvy, and I am just starting on my technology integration journey (being quite intimidated by it up until now). I am hoping to use Skype this year, but I am curious about my district's/school's security concerns. I am going to check that out, and I am hoping they will allow it. Do you have any suggestions on how to convince reluctant school systems???

I wish your article was still available. I would love to read it! Anyhow, I would love to stay in contact with you along my journey =)

Renee'

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Thank you for sharing this website Elvira!

I have been looking for ways to integrate technology, specifically in the area of global communication. I serve in a high poverty school, so my kids' never get out of their neighborhood. I would love to expose them to the world....even the country or state! My district is anything but tech-savvy, and I am just starting on my technology integration journey (being quite intimidated by it up until now). I am hoping to use Skype this year, but I am curious about my district's/school's security concerns. I am going to check that out, and I am hoping they will allow it. Do you have any suggestions on how to convince reluctant school systems???

I wish your article was still available. I would love to read it! Anyhow, I would love to stay in contact with you along my journey =)

Renee'

Hi Renee,

Check with your school about setting up Skype and possibly unblocking it if it's not allowed. I would approach your principal first and make a case for its benefits and then set up a class/school account. Next, I would talk and keep in constant contact with your school site or district IT person.

Feel free to join my session on Skype in the Classroom at the Reform Symposium's Summer E-Conference. This conference is free and open to all educators around the globe. Here is their homepage for more information: http://reformsymposium.com/

You can invite your principal to attend or share the recorded session. Feel free to share my blog on how I use Skype in classroom too at: http://languagejourneys.blogspot.com/

I also have other resources to help you get started in case you can't make it to the conference. I will gladly help you in your journey to integrate technology. Let me know if you have other questions.

Sincerely,

Elvira

First Grade Teacher/ Ed Tech Grad student

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Hi Elvira

I saw your article about taking my class to another country (free) in the current issue of the e newsletter. I read your entire thread and am very excited about the idea of communicating with a school from a different country. I found the current resource you suggested, http://aroundtheworldwith80schools.net/. I will begin my journey.
I do know I have to check out the Skype capabilities at school. I can use my own personal computer which does have a web cam. The Skype idea alone is fantastic. It opens up collaboration to, not only another country, but perhaps another state or even in our own district. I wonder if becoming a Skype buddy with a school board member would be one way to ‘share’ the benefits of integrating 21st century skills in the classroom with the community.

2nd-6th Gifted/Talented Teacher

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Hi Elvira

I saw your article about taking my class to another country (free) in the current issue of the e newsletter. I read your entire thread and am very excited about the idea of communicating with a school from a different country. I found the current resource you suggested, http://aroundtheworldwith80schools.net/. I will begin my journey.

I do know I have to check out the Skype capabilities at school. I can use my own personal computer which does have a web cam. The Skype idea alone is fantastic. It opens up collaboration to, not only another country, but perhaps another state or even in our own district. I wonder if becoming a Skype buddy with a school board member would be one way to ‘share’ the benefits of integrating 21st century skills in the classroom with the community.

Cindy,

I'm so happy you are exploring Skype as an option for your school/class. I highly recommend it as a tool to open up the walls of your classroom.

Elvira

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