There are many ways for educators and students to collaborate. Skype is one communication tool being discussed in the Verizon Thinkfinity Community.
Skype in Schools offers contact information for the US and global connections. Discussing current events, books, math problems can be done virtually through Skype. Skype is a free download for both Mac and PC.
In Pasco County, FL, we have a Global Partnership Program and connect with schools in other countries. The goal is for the educators to collaborate on a project and share assignments with their classes. Skype is used as a main form of contact.
ePals is "the leading provider of safe collaborative technology for schools to connect and learn in a protected, project-based learning network." You will find 200 countries/territories to pair up with. There are numerous resources at this site as well. You may not wish to join the global community, but consider making contact locally, within your own district.
How are you helping your students make global connections?
Thanks for starting this discussion within your group. I look forward to reading other suggestions teachers use to make global connections. The world gets smaller and smaller with the advancement of technology innovations.