Global Connections

Using Skype and/or Google Hangout in the Classroom

Benefits of Using Skype/Google Hangout

  • Free*

  • Easy to Use

  • Connects children with people across the globe

  • Model who to be a communicate "face-to-face"

Ways to Use Skype/Google Hangout

  • Author & Illustrator Visits

  • Connect with other classrooms or book clubs

  • Talk with experts (historians, scientists, park rangers)

  • Meet people from other cultures

  • Mystery Skype/Google Hangout

Preparing for Skype/Google Hangout Visit

  • Test Skype with a colleague

  • Make sure all participants are added to a Google+ Circle

  • Get in touch with the guest & iron out the details

  • Make sure students are prepared in advance

  • Set up the room so all children can be seen on camera

  • Check time zones

  • Have an ethernet cable on hand in case wifi goes down

  • Send a reminder email to your guest the day before the Skype/Google Hangout visit

Skype/Google Hangout Etiquette

  • Treat a Skype guest as you would a guest in your library or school

  • Start with a greeting

  • Let your guest take the lead

  • Be respectful of your guest's time

  • Send a thank you note or email after the visit

Where to Find Skype/Google Hangout Guests

  • Social Media- Twitter & Facebook

  • Send out e-mail queries

  • Skype in the Classroom

  • E-Pals

  • Ask families and colleagues if they have connections to experts or schools in different parts of the country

Global Communities Are Waiting

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