I have been using skype, from home at night to host a help session for my History students. What I did is set up a separate account from my personal one and have given out the ID freely to my students and their parents. They can "call in" and i can hold a conference call with up to 5 at a time. I do this twice a week starting at 8 pm and typically ending around 9 or 9:30. Parents have skyped me to ask how their kid was doing or to get clarity on assignments and often times my more interested students will meet up with me to continue some debate we had in class. This is especially fun when I have students from two different periods debating a topic and we get to have a cross section of ideas beyond what was discussed in class. Normally I get about 3 to 10 calls on the nights I do this. O and we chat by webcam usually. HERE is the problem; a parent called the principal to tell him how great it was that I set this up. He comes to me and tells me that I might have to discontinue it for two reasons. 1. he has concerns about web-cam use with students, he fears accusations of inappropriate conduct by the students. I advised him that I record each session using "frap" and he was ok with that (the students and parents know its recored) 2. He says we may have problem because not all our students have computer or internet access and a parent may accuse me of providing unfair tutoring without giving equal opportunity to kids without computer access. I said I could offer to remain behind (after school) and tutor those who can't get to the internet session. He responded by asking how I would manage it, I would need a chaperon for safety sake and Parents will still accuse me of providing better tutoring and not exposing the students without computers to group learning sessions. WHAT THE HELL !! Seems like every time I try to innovate and go out of my way to make things better for my students. Something so stupid gets in the way. First we are told (by the public) to do everything we can to help their kids and then when we do we get our throats cut by the same screaming lunatic's in the general public. Does anyone see an answer for me?