Skype in Education

What is Skype?

Skype is free software that uses the internet to make calls.

  • Free for Skype to Skype
  • Free for Skype to Toll Free Numbers
  • Costs for Skype to phone


  • instant messaging
  • audio call with up to 25 users
  • video calls are 1 to 1
  • transfer files
  • screen sharing capabilties


  • Computer with internet connection
  • Skype installed
  • Logitech Webcam 9000 - has built in microphone.
  • Place on top of the whiteboard or on a single machine.
  • Use with projector or without.

Troubleshooting tips:

  • No sound - go to Call - Audio Settings and make sure the Webcam mic is turned on.
  • Screen Sharing - Under Call - select "Share Your Screen" and the options are to select a portion or do full screen.
  • Go back to video - Click Blue Video icon on bottom of video call screen to turn video back on after screen sharing.


Ideas for classroom Use:

  • Students homebound could participate with classroom activities to stay up to date.
  • Connect with travelers to bring different places to life
  • Connect with Staff and Students as they travel:
  • Connect with other schools
    • LA classes from other countries discuss movies they have watched.
    • students teach other students about their community, topics they have studied, etc.
    • discuss science topics
    • Connect with other international schools to discuss government.
    • Share projects with other classes
    • Use in connection with a blog discussion. Students can continue the conversation in the blog and take turns on the webcam.
    • book talks between classes
  • Connect with Experts in their field
  • Authors - discuss books with authors.
  • Here are some possible ways to use Skype in a math class:
    • the time difference fascinated my students -- possibly do something with time zones;
    • possibly figure mileage (and air fare cost);
    • possibly look at currency and compare McDonald's (or other common food chain) menus in both countries;
    • do a grocery list or cost to go to movies and so on; figure a budget for living in that country compared to what it would cost in America (housing, cars, education and so on);
    • figure out how many soccer fans can fill that country's stadium compared to how many football fans(since we do not have quite the soccer mania here!) fill a local stadium;
    • do a Wii tournament and focus on math skills (this can be done via the Internet); just do math problems together -- we had a great time just interacting with students from an international school.
  • Teachers meet with other teachers to plan and conduct trainings.
  • Connect students with bigger cities, etc to show them how other people live.
  • Have a teacher teach the class via Skype from another location.
  • Teachers on leave could continue to connect with their classes.
  • Classroom competitions to review concepts being learned in both places


Skype in Education:
Skype to connect 7th graders with a historian:
Skype in the library (with an author)
Skype uses in the classroom - list of ideas and projects with links
Authors who Skype with Classes: