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Online Submission, Paper presented at the Social Media Workshop Get Your ACT(FL) Together Online: Standards Based Language Instruction via Social Media (San Diego, CA, Aug 4, 2010)

This presentation introduced Skype and how it can be used to: (1) connect teachers with other professionals - and save on long distance charges - even internationally (2) empower language teachers and tutors (3) give presentations and workshops (4) be a stepping stone to using more sophisticated technology in the classroom. It was noted that for those who are new to using technology in the language learning classroom, Skype is an effective way to experiment with technology, while minimizing the risk of things going wrong. Using Skype can help teachers improve their technology literacy and increase their confidence using technology in the language learning classroom. It provides an excellent stepping stone for those who are not entirely fluent with more sophisticated technologies. A bibliography and list of resources is included.

Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Teaching Methods, Computer Mediated Communication, Technology Integration, Second Language Instruction, Computer Literacy, Anxiety

Author: Eaton, Sarah Elaine


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