Skype

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

Skype allows users to communicate by voice, video, and instant messaging over the internet. Skype supports video chat between two people for free and has additional features, including file transfer and videoconferencing.

The free version of Skype can be used by teachers and schools interested in global education projects and to fulfil educational goals. The videoconferencing aspect of the software is valuable as it provides a way to connect students who speak different languages, hold virtual field trips, and reach out to experts in varying fields of study. These experiences give students a chance to apply what they are learning in the classroom to real-life and achieve further learning opportunities.

Skype in education

Teachers can join ‘Skype in the Classroom’

to allow their students to meet other students, talk to experts, and share ideas. Teachers can collaborate with other teachers around the world and design different learning experiences for their students.

There are various Skype lessons in which students can participate. Teachers can also use Skype’s search tool and find experts in the field of their choice. For information on how to get started, see: The Teacher Toolkit

For more information, see: Skype in the Classroom

 

Skype support

Support is available to assist educators with both the technical and teaching and learning aspects of virtual conferencing.

For more information on virtual conferencing, see: DET Virtual Conferencing Hub

For questions on virtual conferencing, contact: digital.learning@edumail.vic.gov.au

For support and advice from Skype, contact: education@skype.net