This is a guest post from Hélène Fyffe, an undergraduate starting her final year at Edinburgh Napier University, having spent a year on placement with Microsoft UK Education as part of her course. You can help Hélène with her dissertation by completing the survey at the end of this blog post.
Skype in the Classroom, as you may know is a free program which more than 90,000 teachers around the globe use in class with their students to create a fun and engaging learning experience.
Virtual field trips have seen classes connect LIVE with NASA astronauts in space, a scientist in his submarine, Chelsea and Hilary Clinton from the USA and penguins from South Africa!
The success that Skype in the Classroom is having with learners’ engagement is phenomenal! You can read the blog to find out for yourself.
Skype and the teaching of languages
Skype is being employed in many aspects of education and work-life today – it has even been alleged that it will soon begin to be used by GP's!
With recent educational policies having been implemented with the long-term aim of increasing the uptake of modern languages by students in the UK, Skype could be a great tool to help engage learners.
As an undergraduate student at Napier University and former employee of Microsoft Education, I’m looking to find out what language teachers and primary teachers think about the idea of using Skype in the teaching of languages. The information will be used only for the project’s research purposes and will be anonymous.
If you’d like to share your opinion, please complete the following survey: Skype in the Classroom.