A Thank-You Note to Skype

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Dear Skype,

You have created an amazing resource to help students and teachers connect with other people across the globe.  Whether I was hoping to connect classrooms to collaborate, or I wanted students to chat with a guest speaker, Skype has been an invaluable tool.

My students have had a few chances to enjoy some wonderful chats.  Our first experiment with Skype in our classroom was an amazing experience!  We met Jessica Baldenhofer from the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and had the chance to discuss several amazing artworks.

Our school participated in Dot Day for the first time last fall, and we were thrilled to connect with Chelsie Meyer and her students at W-SR Middle School so that we could talk about our projects.  Thanks to Skype, we were able to meet a some new young friends to talk about our favourite subject.


We benefitted from winning a chance to connect with two celebrities thanks to Skype in the Classroom!  Please read about our chats with Steve Harvey (host of Family Feud) & Jeff Kinney (author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid).

This past school year, my grade 10 class had the chance to speak to students in Texas.  I was happy to meet their teacher, Rita Clawson, and we enjoyed comparing our clay projects that reflected local styles; our class focused on Woodland Art, while their class focused on Texas Folk Art.  It was fun to talk about our art, our cultures and we laughed as we discussed road kill! 🙂

Most recently, my students were able to meet Dick Hogg, a talented artist & designer.  Many thanks to Anne Brassier, who managed to make our meeting happen!  The students were thrilled to learn about graphic design, and were absolutely giddy to hear an English accent.

I came across this picture, which reminds me of the skills that our students need to develop:

Skills & Attributes of Today's Learner

Photo via Jackie Gerstein

It’s true that education doesn’t necessarily depend on technology; students don’t need computers to learn.  If used correctly, technology sure can enhance the learning experiences in our classrooms.

I can’t wait to see what happens next year!

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