That other set of eyes is also on the students, and working with a teacher on a screen was an adjustment, student Malia Medina says in a June interview with CBS New York.
"Just because she's not physically here doesn't mean that she isn't my teacher," Medina tells CBS.
As students talk to one another, and their teacher, over Skype they build relationships just like they would in a standard classroom, Fay says.
Going forward, Skype is looking for ways to enhance its Skype in the classroom community. Recent changes focused on improving the projects section by adding an RSS feed and E-mail notifications. Eventually, Skype's Botterill notes, she'd like to expand the community to include experts, authors, scientists, and inspirational speakers.
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