Skype offers a wonderful opportunity for teachers to connect students globally. I recently read about a unique way for pre-schoolers to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday. The classroom teacher invited an administrator from the school board office to Skype in and read a Dr. Seuss story to the students. What a wonderful way to involve community members in educating students!
What ways are you using Skype to make reading and language arts come alive for your students?
Are there some ideas you may have to incorporate Skype in your classroom teaching?
This isn't classroom use, but for the past several years I've used Skype to call my children when I've been on business trips so that I could read books to them. What we have discovered is that it is best for the adult on location to have a copy of the book as well in case something happens with the connection or if the lighting isn't good enough for the children to see the pictures clearly.
Conceviably you could have parents Skype into the classroom from work and share stories or even present on what they do at their jobs.