At Blogher, I attended a session on edublogging and one of the session leaders was Barbara Sawhill from Oberlin Language Lab. When I mentioned my experience using SKYPE to connect with some Cambodian bloggers and my kids to hear a native Khmer speaker say some words, she told us about the wonderful language conversation communities popping up around SKYPE, including one where people who want to practice speaking with native speakers are matched.
While catching up on my email, I found this wonderful post from Teacher Sol about how she is using SKYPE to have a world wide conversation. This would have been a great example to share with the Dialogue and Deliberation folks during the workshop I did last week. However, I guess there is a down side to skype, as my colleague Mir points out.