Content General information Purpose of using Skype and target users Installing Skype and creating a Skype account Looking up contacts Skype features Linking Skype with facebook Skype on mobile devices Skype in the classroom
Skype Skype is a proprietary voice-over-Internet Protocol service and software application originally created by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis in 2003 owned by Microsoft since 2011. The service allows users to communicate with peers by voice, video, and instant messaging over the Internet. Phone calls may be placed to recipients on the traditional telephone networks. Calls to other users within the Skype service are free of charge. Skype has 663 million registered users as of September 2011. The network is operated by Microsoft. return
Why use skype Skype is a free service that helps you stay connected with your friends and family. You can place calls and make video calls, this can be helpful in conducting business calls. Installing and using skype is very easy and everybody can do it. return
Who can use skype Students abroad: being able to call your family and video chat with them with no cost. Business men: make conference calls with other companies in other countries. Friends and family: to connect with each other. Everyone can use skype. return
Installing skype Since skype is blocked in the UAE by etisalat, you are going to have to download it via torrent sites or 4shared. You can also download skype in the app store for mac and apple products users, it’s also available in iphone and ipad.
Creating a skype account After installing skype, there’s an option to create a new account. Your e-mail address will be needed. You are going to have to pick a user name, you can’t change your skype user name.
FeaturesFree Features• Video calling between computers, iphones, ipads, android phones.• File sharing• Import contacts from outlook• Instant messagingPremium Features• Receiving and making calls between a mobile phone and a PC• Conference Video calls
Linking Skype with facebook• This feature is available in version 5 of skype• video call facebook friends using skype• Access facebook wall• Comment on friends posts• Update your status• You don’t have to add your facebook friends as skype contacts
File Sharing• You can send multiple files at the same time• No size limit• You can send the same file to all the participants in the conference call
Skype on mobile devicesSkype is compatible with many devices such as:• Iphone• Ipad• Android• Windows phone• Nokia N900
Skype in the classroom • Skype created a special network to connect teachers from all over the world • Teachers use Skype in the classroom to engage students in learning Examples: - Students learning about other countries can Skype a classroom in that country and learn about them
Skype in the classroom A student suffering from leukemia attends class via skype
Examples from Zayed University The sheikh Mohhamed Bin Zayed Scholars program students:- Hold student Skype conferences with NYU students regularly . Garry Thomas O’neil, head of department of languages:- Learns Arabic from his students using Skype.
Quiz! What are Skype’s main features? What is the cost of using basic skype feastures? Who can use Skype? Give some examples of Skype usage in the educational field Who would like to make a video call ?
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