What is skype?
Skype is a free communication software that allows
users to make calls, send instant messages and do
video conferencing online wherever they are. It is one
of the best voice -over-internet services online and was
created in 2003 by Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis
but later on was owned by Microsoft particularly in the
Skype for Windows desktop
PC running Windows® XP, Vista or 7, both 32- and 64-bit operating systems.
Internet connection – broadband is best (GPRS is not supported for voice
Speakers and microphone – built-in or separate.
For voice calls we recommend a broadband connection with 100 kbps down /
100 kbps up.
For group video calling everyone on the call needs Skype 5.0 for Windows or
Mac or higher plus webcams, and at least one person on the call needs to have a
Skype Premium subscription. For best quality we recommend you use a high-
speed broadband connection of 4Mbps down / 512kbps up and a computer
with a Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz processor. As a minimum you’ll need a high-speed
broad connection of 512kbps down / 128kbps up and a computer with a 1 GHz
Think about all your devices…
It’s important to remember that Skype doesn’t work
necessarily person to person. One computer may be hooked
up to a large screen and presenter slides may be projected
onto that large screen to a group of people sitting in a
theatre-style classroom. In this way, Skype my be used to
teach groups of people.
In this way, we can see how Skype may be used to
connect individuals, one individual to a group or one group
to another group.
Set up a Skype account
Install the program
Ideas on how you can use skype
In pairs think about 2 or 3 ideas on how we can use
skype and report them to the class.
1. Personal use
2. Organizational use
3. Leadership use
Teacher and others who are
reluctant to “learn yet another new
technology” can be encouraged to
try Skype for personal reasons.
Teaching and learning
Advantages of using Skype
Use English in real time
Engagement in the learning process
Self confidence – enthusiasm
Introduction of web tools
Understand time zones (correlation with other
Disadvantages of using Skype
Are there any disadvantages, well YES:
Difference in time zones
Problems with technology
Implementation in curriculum (is it possible)
But, if there is a will there is a way, right?
Provides teachers and students the possibility to stay
at home and have lessons.
Provides a variety of authentic learning experiences
and several methodological objectives can be solved:
- high motivation,
- socio cultural knowledge,
- formation and development of
speaking, reading, listening and writing skills,
- vocabulary, grammar, etc