Just to add to this conversation, Arlyn Bruccoli from the DOE, organized a videoconference this past Tuesday bringing students from Siberia and Vermont together. The Siberian students used Skype and our students (from five schools) used the Learning Network of Vermont (LNV). They “met” at the statehouse where the Siberian students had environmentally-based artwork on display. The students had discussions with each other as well as with a researcher from the woods Hole Foundation.  It was great to see this application of technology!



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Skype (and such services)  as a tool are being used increasingly in educational technology environment as we incoporate global communications and collaboration into the curriculum.  You will most likely see an increase in these type of request.   The first step for many of us is trying the tool at home, or in practice environments so we can understand how it functions and how it fits into a classroom environment (both technically and pedagogically)


  I am currently practicing with other education tech leaders in the Vermont schools, so we can become more familiar with the tool as we prepare for projects like " a conversation with Senator Leahy's office" ;  "communication with a school in Asia, etc".   We need to figure out things like;  what type of place does this have in the classroom or school setting;  how it would work with a whole group as oppose to with a small group. (things like , microphones, speakers, etc all need the right settings to work together in a classroom environment to not get echo's) So there are many considerations, and some of us are just starting to practice  as we prepare for learning opportunities around the world that involve Skype. 


Vince,  if your teacher wants to practice with us, give her my email, and we will invite her to join us.   I will also start a thread on VTCITE about this as we progress and post back here when its ready.



On Jan 17, 2008 11:00 AM, Vincent Rossano <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

I've just had a teacher ask if I could install Skype on her computer at work.   She'd do it at home, but she lives on dial-up in the hinterland.   Frankly, I've never before been asked to do that on a school computer and my first response was to say no, a response reinforced by the fact that it is clearly for personal, not school, use.  But I'm not really sure about the issues involved.   Are any of you using Skype at your schools?


Vincent Rossano
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Montpelier Public Schools
Montpelier, VT 05602

(802) 225-8690

Lucie deLaBruere


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