Educators have used many digital tools in their classrooms. We can learn from them! Edublogger Sue Waters on April 11, 2011 posted a wonderful article outlining everything you need to know about Skype including:
- Setting up Skype
- Using Skype
- To using Skype effectively within your classroom
Thank you Sue for all the helps and hints about Skype. What we can now focus on is, how might we use SKYPE in the religion classroom or in an adult Faith Formation experience? I’ll begin the conversation and would encourage those who are reading this blog to continue the conversation with your suggestions and ideas.
SKYPE ideas for the Religion classroom
- Videoconference With SKYPE. Here is an example of an expert being brought into the classroom. Perhaps you’re working on a Confirmation project that is focusing on the poor in your town or in a location in another state or country. Arrange for an interview with a leader from this area to speak with your students about the project.
- Present a Scripture Story. Through ePals, an educational service that safely links students in the same city or with students in other cultures, locate a religion class in another country. Agree on the Scripture stories you would like to work on. Then involve the students in retelling this story as if it were being told today in their country – using the images and symbols that are part of today’s culture. In addition to discussing the Scripture story, this provides an opportunity for sharing how Jesus is present today in the lives and stories of other cultures.
- Conference with parents. Whether a parent has to miss a regular sacrament meeting or a concern comes up that requires speaking with a parent, Skype can provide an opportunity to connect with a parent that may not otherwise be available for a conference.
What suggestions do you have for using SKYPE in your religious education classroom or program?
Looking forward to hearing your wonderful ideas!
With Holy Week around the corner, circle your calendars to return to ACyberPilgrim blog next week. I will share a Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion video reflection with you and more…
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