You may have heard that Skype announced this week the new ability to video conference with up to 10 users at once.

We’ve tested this out and find it to be really cool. And since many classrooms around the globe are using services like Skype, we thought we would share a bit more.

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Skype is a free tool that allows users to make voice and video calls to any other Skype user in the world.

Teachers and students have been using Skype for years to bring experts, authors, and guest speakers right into the classroom with no travel necessary.  Previously, Skype didn’t allow more than two video callers at a time, and with this addition, even more connections and interactions can be shared simultaneously.

If you are looking for other classrooms to connect with, a great place to start is on this post from TheEdublogger.com.  To add your class to this list, visit this post here and leave your details.

Here are a few other great recent posts about using Skype in the classroom:

  1. An Author in Every Classroom: Kids connecting with authors via Skype. It’s the next best thing to being there.
  2. Learning Beyond Walls: 21 Skype Resources
  3. Skype Saves the Day for Teacher Seminar
  4. Miss Tyler-Smith’s Class: Our First Skype Call!!

Top edutweets from the week:


@bportlandslider
They have to have permission to get them out – but we’ve used cell phones in my 9th grade 6 out of the last 7 days.Mon Aug 30 14:45:48 via HootSuite

The 6 Step Plan to Using Your 21st Century Voice to Make a Difference http://j.mp/aUJt2FTue Aug 31 23:18:27 via Reeder

Just had an AWESOME Skype session w/ the students of @USCAnnenberg on #edreform and digital media | Thanks @BillCelisThu Sep 02 23:57:14 via TweetDeck



Featured Edublog of the Week

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Indianapolis, Indiana USA
A fantastic English class blog!
Read our interview with Jana Haffley, creator of this blog here.

Find more great blogs like this one in our International Edublogs Directory!

Summing it up

As the world grows smaller each day, and increasing focus is placed on global connections and relationships, we think Skype and other communication tools (like blogs) will only increase in their popularity.

Leave a comment and let us know if you have used Skype in your teaching or if you have anything else to share!