Skype in the classroom connects teachers across the globe and gives new meaning to distance education.

By Kelsey Sheehy
October 11, 2011

Students from Brad Peach’s ninth grade World Geography class in McKinney, Texas, gathered in their high school classroom on a Sunday night. On a screen in front of them, teenagers in Siberia dished to their Texan peers about life in eastern Russia.

Seeing the faces of students across the globe and learning about a culture firsthand brought his students to life, Peach says.

“They wanted to sit right in front [and] be right in the camera; they wanted to really interact,” Peach notes. “This thing is drawing kids out who might be a little wallflowerish.”

Full story here.

Q. Do you feel that Skype is a distracting gimmick or useful tool in the classroom?

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