Skype and it's Educational Value
Teachers, like Travis Weller, are using Skype to invite guest speakers into their classroom. This is an effective and cost efficient way for schools to provide an enhanced learning experience for their students. He invited three accomplished composers to speak to his students. Since the speakers all had Skype, this cost him nothing. They were also able to do a video session, in which the guest speaker was projected from an LCD projector.
Mr. Crosby of Agnes Risley Elementary School in Sparks, Nevada, learned that he had a new fourth grade students who had leukemia and couldn't come to school because of treatment Instead of abandoning that student in her time of need, he thought of an interesting way to teach her without having her leave her home. Mr. Crosby uses Skype to teach Celeste from her home. While this is an exceptionally inspiring story, it shows how useful Skype can be in the classroom. This little girl now has the opportunity to attend class without actually being present in the school.
Click here to watch the video on Mr. Crosby's class.