Oct 16 2011

Skype: Learning Technology

Posted at 1:18 am under Technology

Skype is an tool which allows two people or more to communicate while in different locations. This is an excellent collaborative tool since it allows you to communicate directionly from your computer. Skype is free to use when making calls to another Skype users account. I have been using Skype for 4 years. I use it to communicate with friends and also to communicate with classmates. When on vacation, I even use Skype to make phone calls back to home. I have found Skype to be easy to use. I also use Skype to meet with classmates to complete group collaborative work. I have found this to be very helpful to the learning process. Communicating with Skype is a synchronous communication method. Simonson, Smaldino, Albright, and Zvacek (2011) explain that synchonous education is education that occurs at same time but at a different place. Collaborative learning through Skype definitely fits this description. I also came across another example of Sypke being used as a technology for learning. Using Skype, a learning specialist in Florida launched an “Around the World With 80 Schools” project to introduce her school’s students to peers internationally (Davis, 2010). Within this project students prepare
questions in advance and chat with students in different countries and continents. I think that this is an excellent way to use Skype as a technology tool for learning.


Have you used Skype as a learning tool?


Davis, M. (2010, June 14). Social networking goes to school. Retrieved October 15, 2011 from http://www.edweek.org/dd/articles/2010/06/16/03networking.h03.html


Simonson, M., Smaldino, S., Albright, M., & Zvacek, S. (2011). Teaching and Learning at a Distance: Foundations of Distance Education (5th Ed.) Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

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