So I would say things have definitely developed and improved over the past 100 plus years.
Skype provides a fun approach to allowing students to participate in a variety of activities - this might be bringing a speaker into the classroom, providing a mentor or tutor to students in an after school program, or allowing students to join other classes from near and far to work on joint projects. These projects could be blog based with the Skype option to allow interaction at the next level.
April, I say we add this to our blogging project from the spring this next year!!!!