October: Skype Reflection
Skype was working well for our real-time needs, but lacked in some areas.
-Students appreciated using Skype with us if they were absent and already had an account at home on a reliable machine.
-My students seemed to enjoy earning a badge for either Skyping into class or helping a teammate who was absent with Skype from our classroom.
There is a consistent need for some type of video conferencing feature at my instructional level!
-Recordings were never archived, so teacher review of a lesson or a student seeking to clarify directions were not options.
-Connection lag/drops either on my end or the student end could be frustrating.
-Inappropriate solicitations via the chat window occurred before school one morning while my computer was connecting with a parent’s account that their teenager happened to be using.
A safer, more secure connection with students outside of the classroom is needed.
Goggle Hangouts were then discussed by Dana L. as an alternative.