I've long touted the merits of using Skype in the classroom. It's an easy and cost-effective way for me to provide a variety of meaningful experiences for kids while having a lot of fun. Last year we were fortunate enough to connect with nearly 20 schools across the United States. However, it wasn't until a Mystery Skype call with a school only a mile away that I realized how powerful this tool could be for connecting teachers within my district.
Since then, I've been working with several colleagues from various elementary schools on projects that relate to our curriculum. It's been a wonderful experience to work with teachers from nearby schools and I feel that my students are more connected to their community.
I was recently interviewed by Skype's Social Good Blog on this project. You can read more about it here.