Skype: Expertise with Primary Sources and Scholars


Ways to use this tool with Primary Sources:

  • Skype with a curator or librarian or expert on a primary source to learn more and have your questions answered.

  • When studying Archaeology, Skype can be a great way to speak to an expert in the field and bring them into the classroom. Although stduents on a dig many not be able to see the artifacts in the field, they can experience some of the same results with the interaction.

  • Use Skype with a curator to "see" artifacts that have meaning to your unit of study

  • Use Skype to document oral histories. Consider creating oral histories of people discussing their heritage and history, but also of them documenting historic places and what a place looks like today and how it has changed ( Or not! ) from the past.

  • Use Skype to document a historic speech or event in real time so a classroom can participate in an event and then create their own primary and secondary sources.

  • Mystery Skype allows you to sign up and skype with a classroom in a mystery location.  Students have to use their geography skills, maps, Google Earth and critical thinking to try to determine where the other class is from.  In my class, I have specific jobs for each student, map reader, google map reader, photographer, questions, answers, etc.  Each table group gets an atlas, computer and has to come up with at least one quality question that makes sense with the clues that they hear to narrow down the location.  Once they determine the location they can ask the other class questions and discuss real world events and primary sources!
  • Schedule an expert from Skype in the Classroom! We have scheduled computer programmers to speak during the Hour of Code!
  • Global Read Aloud is a great way to harness the power of Skype! We have been talking to classes all over the world and discussing the shared reading that we are doing!

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