Despite a few technical difficulties (dropped calls, echo and strange noises), Sunday's Skypecast: Skype - Teaching Tool or Network Nemesis? (Part B) proved an enriching international affair.
Contributions came from:
- Barbara Sawhill (host)
- Steve Sloan of San Jose State University
- Phil Wolff from Skype Journal
- Deborah Cordier from the University of South Florida
- Chris Fuller an MFL teacher in Devon, England
- Paul Harrington, an ICT coordinator at Cefn Forest Primary School in Caerphilly, South Wales
- Alex Savage, an ICT teacher at Notre Dame High School in Norwich, England
It was interesting to hear about the different experiences of languages teachers in the UK and North America using Skype and their thoughts on the benefits and challenges of doing so. Chris gives his views of the conversation in his measured post To Skype or not to Skype most of which I thoroughly agree with. Like Chris, I too look forward to seeing how Skype is developed in the UK in the future. It would seem from the evidence of the other contributors that there have been less obstacles on clearing the use of Skype on their networks. They have clearly discovered valuable learning outcomes of using Skype. In England, the debate still continues.
To download the Skypecast, click here