For the past many years, my students have Skyped with classrooms around the world as we have tried to let others into our class. We have shared our love of books through the Global Read Aloud, we have guessed their location through Mystery Skype, and we have asked questions as we did market research for projects we are doing. Skype is a part of our classroom and I would not want it any other way. But every year I have to remind my students how to act while Skyping, to mind their Skype manners as we proceed. Not because they are poorly behaved but because for some, this is the first time they have worked with others in this way and there are things they may not be aware of.
So what follows are our tips for minding your Skype manners.
cross-posted at pernillesripp.com.
Pernille Ripp is the creator of Global Read Aloud Project, co-founder of EdCamp MadWI and the author of Empowered Schools, Empowered Students – Creating Connected and Invested Learners and Passionate Learners – Giving Our Classrooms Back to OurStudents, She teaches seventh grade in Verona, Wisconsin, and blogs at http://pernillesripp.com. Follow her on Twitter @PernilleRipp.