November 26, 2015

Skype, Now an Everyday Tool in Schools


Ask teachers and librarians about their experiences with Skype today, and you’ll hear a long list of projects, from the traditional Skype author visit to virtual writing workshops, interviews with scientists in the field, Mystery Skype connections, and more.

Skype Announces Free Group Video Calling for Teachers | SXSWEdu


Skype, commonly used by librarians and other K–12 educators to provide real-time engagement for their students, just got better. As of today, existing members of Skype in the classroom or new registrants can use Skype’s Group Video Calling free of charge.

Global Education Conference: “Apps Galore”

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The Global Education Conference, held around the clock November 12–16, offered a wide range of sessions by and for educators. In particular, “Appls Galore” emphasized a variety of ways to use this technology with young students.

Author Visits? A Remote Possibility: Using Skype to connect is fun and affordable


Kate Messner takes a look at classrooms and libraries connecting with authors—and with one another—to celebrate World Read Aloud Day.

Ready to set up a Skype session in your classroom or library? Here’s how.


Step-by-step instructions on setting up Skype for a virtual author visit.

Gifts for the Library: Choice gadgets for ramping up service in 2012


This holiday season, don’t forget your favorite library. The following items are easy on the budget and can help your media center do great things in the coming year.