1. Technical Know How
2. What to expect of the Skype Calls:
  • Keep it short. The idea is a quick in and quick out.
  • Skype calls can be from one minute to no longer than 5 minutes.
  • Let’s connect, just to say Hello , Hola, Ni Hao, Hallo, Shalom, etc.

3. Preparing your students ahead of time for the Skype Call
  • Ask yourselves what you would share with the other school about your own school, country, city?
  • Figure out if you want to collect authentic data from the schools that your are connecting with, in order to work with spreadsheets, analyze and compare data and create graphs later on. What kind of data, related to your curriculum are you looking for?
  • What questions would you ask of them?
  • What knowledge do you already have of the location/culture/etc.
  • Locate their city and country on the map.
    • Where in relationship to your location
    • Time Zone
    • Hemisphere
    • Season/Weather
    • population
  • Consider having a "Show and Tell" item.
  • Remember you will only have up to 5 minutes for Q &A
  • Examples:
    • What languages do you speak in the country you live in?
    • How do you say “?” ?
    • What is your favorite sport to play or watch?
    • What kind of music do you like to listen to?
    • What is the nearest big city?
    • What is the name of your president?
    • What did you always wanted to know about our country/city?
    • Be creative and have one "unexpected" question to ask
  • Practice how the change in "hot seats" will occur. Handing over of the microphone, etc.
  • Have a digital camera and flip camera ready to be documenting the video conference.
  • Decide if you want to record the Skype conversation:
    • Ecamm- record video too (Mac)

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