Fostering 21st-Century Learners Through Skype in the Classroom

Conference: The European Conference on Education (ECE2022)
Title: Fostering 21st-Century Learners Through Skype in the Classroom
Stream: Learning Experiences, Student Learning & Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Luís Filipe Moreira, Colégio Casa Mae, Portugal


In 21st century schools there are no boundaries. Technological approaches like Skype connections bring the world into the 21st century classroom through social networking and video conferencing. It is possible to inspire the next generation of global citizens through transformative learning over Skype.This study aims to show the impact of Skype as a tool for effective and significant learning and teaching in real classrooms, within a sample of 65 students from middle school level, that went through skype sessions, from january to june 2021, at Natural Sciences subjects. As researching methods it was implemented a mixed-aproach, both quantitative and qualitative, with (i) pre and pos questionnaires, built upon a lickert scale; (ii) semi structured interviews, pre and pos skype sessions, to randomed selected students and teachers. Among others.The first results show that teachers: (i) battle to hold students’ short attention spans; (ii) are available for integratting Skype in the classroom and (iii) state that Skype created a whole new world of learning for their students, by bringing them meaningful, real-world experiences.On the other side, students: (i) prefer the Virtual Field Trips, visiting laboratorys, museums, national parks, zoos; (ii) refer that it is important the opportunity to invite scientists from any point of the globe and (iii) enjoy playing the Mystery Skype challenges, which allows two classes to guess each other’s locations via questioning.

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