I like using Skype for author visits. Many authors will do a free or low cost "visit" with your classroom and talk about their latest published works, writing style, and advice for young writers! Check authors' websites for details!
Great ideas and I like how this page was set up with the different sections - Promoting Education, Promoting Community, Skype Ideas for Teachers and Parents, Resources for Getting Started and Using Skype, Finding Others Using Skype. Very useful site.
I have not used skype in the classroom yet but drafting out a project now. We hope to skype with some others schools who teach Chinese language around Sydney, then hope to skype with schools in China. Have checked out the skype in education links to get some ideas. Would appreciate any other advice. Thanks!
I believe that Skype is a wonderful tool to use in the classroom. I feel that it allows students to talk with other students around the world. They are able to see that we do not always learn the same. Each country has its own traditions and possibly a different language. For a brief moment, students are able to explore a world other than the four walls they are generally kept in all day.