As stated in the course, “One of the main ideas of connectivism is that we learn through our connections with others.” Using Skype or other video conferencing is one way that does just that. We are no longer limited to learning from those sitting within the same classroom. Today, students and teachers can connect and build relationships with others from around the world. The connections are limitless. I can easily Skype with another Algebra I teacher that is working in a different state or even country. We can share, compare and contrast teaching methods, resources, and techniques. Same is true for my students. How fun would it be to do a co-teaching lesson with another classroom in Spain! For online schools, video conferencing helps to make the lessons more personalized by seeing and hearing one another.
In my classroom we do not use Skype but another video conferencing technology through our learning management system. Essentially, they are very similar however only families enrolled in our school have access to use it and therefore making it safer for students. One way I would like to use the video conferencing is by bringing guest speakers into the classroom to help connect and motivate students in math. I also think that co-teaching with another classroom, bricks-and-mortars or online, would be very beneficial for the students, too. The more connections that I provide to my students, the more I hope students will grow within content, technology, and necessary personal and educational skills.