Lots of scope with Skype appears in the TES magazine supplement out today . Written by Stephen Manning, it describes the work of Paul Harrington ICT coordinator and web 2.0 enthusiast from Cefn Fforest Primary School, Caerphilly who has been using Skype to forge links with New Zealand teacher Allanah King and her pupils from Appleby School, in Nelson. In Allanah's blog post Skype Podcast with a Welsh teacher, she explains how the schools have been exchanging
- blog posts
- Tiny Ted - "a very small geocaching bear which is travelling about in Nelson having a wonderful time"
The TES article suggests how new technologies such as Skype, blogging and podcasting can be used to set up cultural links between schools. Teachers like Allanah and Paul are proving how the power of the internet can connect individual classrooms anywhere in the world, thanks to a few free tools and a bit of technical know-how. Despite the time difference problems of chatting between New Zealand and Wales, the pupils are clearly enjoyng the experience and all types of connections are being made.
"Skype would be ideal for language lessons, as a way of getting native speakers into schools"
Lots of scope with Skype is now available to read in the TES archives.
Here is the red dragon's response to the article. You're welcome Paul.