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Skype in the classroom

by Kelly Walsh on June 23, 2010


We’re finding the popular, free voice and video conferencing solution to be very useful in the classroom. How about you?

This year, there have a been a growing number of cases where we are being asked to set up Skype in our classrooms and provide webcams to facilitate video calls.  This free application makes it easy to connect for free over the Internet, and coupled with a webcam, the free video conferencing capability can really extend student’s and teacher’s reach – the potential applications are limited only by your imagination!

So far, we’ve used Skype to enable home-bound students to offer presentations and to bring guest speakers into the classroom, and we’re considering using it to let people on campus connect when they can’t abandon their posts.

I’m sure we’re not the only educational institution putting Skype to use. How about you? Does anyone have a Skyping-in-School story to share? We’d love to hear it!

[Ed Note: Just came across this article, thought I should add it to this post – Skype is building a Directory of Classrooms,  – KW 11/15/10]

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Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer at The College of Westchester, in White Plains, NY, where he also teaches. In 2009, Walsh founded He frequently delivers presentations and training on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. His eBook, the Flipped Classroom Workshop-in-a-Book is available here. Walsh became the Community Administrator for the Flipped Learning Network in June of 2016. In his "spare time" he also writes, records, and performs original music ... stop by and have a listen!

[Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my own, or those of other writers, and not those of my employer. - K. Walsh]

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K. Walsh August 10, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Nice list Sarah! I’ll share it on Twitter tomorrow as well. Thanks.

Sarah Eaton August 9, 2010 at 9:20 pm

I’ve just put together a Diigo list – “Skype for Educators” ( It will point you in the direction of a variety of educational projects using Skype, for K-12, as well as post-secondary.

You are right. There’s a growing movement out there of people who are interested in using Skype for education.

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