So I Skyped for the First Time

As the title suggests, I just finished my first Skype session, and I wanted to get out some of my thoughts.  It was a totally weird but rewarding experience.  I felt like I was on a phone call, and I kept having to remind myself that the other person could see me.  It felt a little more personal than a typical phone call.

The educator whom I spoke with was from another state, which added an interesting element to our first conversation.  Did I mention that this was the first time we’d spoken face-to-face?  We’d e-mailed back and forth to set up a Skype session, and I had a couple of questions on hand.

Speaking with an educator from a different state was a bit of a new experience for me.  There’s the common lingo that we all use, but I realized that sometimes each state uses tools differently.  Since she’s a technology specialist, Ms. R (name has been changed because this is my blog, and I can do that) and I ended up talking about IEPs.  I’ve had the chance to sit in on a CSE meeting and see a “real-life” IEP (as opposed to the practice ones I’ve read and written for classes).  Hearing her perspective of how her state handles the same situations and the same paperwork gave me a bit of an outsider’s perspective on New York State and a new understanding of the educational system as a whole.  It seems to me that as educators, we’re all just trying to do the best we can for our students.

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  1. I’m glad you had a good Skype interview! Mine was also a really rewarding experience!

    I hear what you’re saying about it being a bit awkward though. I too, had to keep reminding myself that she could see me. I never realized I talk with my hand so much until I saw them flying around the computer screen haha!

    • Amanda, that’s hilarious! I try to make a point of looking people in the eye when I’m talking to them, but I realized that if I did that on Skype, it would look to her like I wasn’t looking right at her. It definitely takes a little adjustment. It seems like with this new technology comes some new rules for etiquette.
      Shannon

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