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Demonstration of basic [i.e., free] Skype features for Hopewell Valley Seniors Connect series

Demonstration of basic [i.e., free] Skype features for Hopewell Valley Seniors Connect series

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  • Breaking News: Microsoft has purchased Skype for $8.5 billion. Read more about it here: http://techland.time.com/2011/05/10/microsoft-makes-skype-purchase-official-what-you-should-know/
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  • Another question that came up today was asked about whether the email address you registered with Skype could be changed. It looks as it CAN.


    In the Skype Menu bar, take this pathway: Skype --> Account --> Edit Email Settings
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  • One question that came up is how one can find whether there is a camera on the computer. More than likely, if you have a desktop, it won’t have a built-in camera. If you have a new-ish laptop, it’s very possible you have a built-in camera.

    If on a PC, running Windows, follow this path:
    Start Menu -->
    Control Panel -->
    Hardware & Sound -->
    Under the heading ’Devices & Printers’ [don’t click it], you’ll see ’Device Manager’ as a subtopic -- click on ’Device Manager’ -->
    Imaging Services You’ll see a webcam listing by clicking on ’imaging services’.

    If you’re on a Mac, especially a recent model, more than likely it has a built-in iSight camera.
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  • Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Turns personal computer into a telephone 1 to 1 or conference calls Video chatting system Communication tool* Instant Messaging File sending Screen sharing   *available with FREE skype acct 

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  • 1. Anna Van Scoyoc, Librarian Hopewell Valley Seniors Connect 2011 May 3 the next best thing to being there
  • 2.   Agenda
      • What is Skype?
      • Demonstration
      • Equipment Overview
      • Software Download
        • No Cost Version
        • Account Set Up
      • Tour of the Interface
      • Q & A
  • 3.   What is Skype? CC Image Courtesy of Florian Seroussi: 'True phone' http://www.flickr.com/photos/22144986@N00/4164756091
  • 4. Let’s call a friend . . . CC Image Courtesy of markhillary:‘larskflem presents 3G III’ http://www.flickr.com/photos/70321513@N00/226363410
  • 5. What Do You Need? CC Image Courtesy of Ludie Cochrane: 'catnap' http://www.flickr.com/photos/36016146@N04/3405131278
  • 6. What Do You Need? CC Image Courtesy of RambergMediaImages: 'Internet Sign' http://www.flickr.com/photos/50715604@N07/4659650269
  • 7. What Do You Need? CC Image Courtesy of Greenmonster: 'Not allowed to say the truth 4,+B&W' http://www.flickr.com/photos/53904676@N00/2194707165
  • 8. What Do You Need? CC Image Courtesy of brownpau: 'IMG_9302.JPG' http://www.flickr.com/photos/44124483743@N01/331689969 CC Image Courtesy of thiagofest :'Web cam' http://www.sxc.hu/photo/840752 CC Image Courtesy of veralu: 'Web cam' http://www.sxc.hu/photo/152164
  • 9. What Do You Need? CC Image Courtesy of SuperUbO: 'I Giovani e la Musica' http://www.flickr.com/photos/14443853@N07/5362778675
  • 10.   What Do You Need?
      • Skype software
        • Free download at www.skype.com
      • Computer
      • Internet Connection
      • Microphone – Internal or plug in
      • Web Camera – Internal or plug in
        • For video calls
      • Speakers – Internal or plug in
        • Speakers, headphones, or headset
  • 11. Download the Software (via www.skype.com) URL  www.skype.com Download Software for Free
  • 12.   Download the Software
    • No Cost Version
    • Skype-to-Skype calls
    • 1-to-1 video calls
    • Screen sharing
    • Send files
    • Conference calls
    • Instant Messaging
    • Facebook News Feed
  • 13.   Download the Software
    • Required
    • First and Last Name
    • Email address
    • Country
    • Language
    • Skype Name
    • Skype Password
    • Optional
    • Birthday
    • Gender
    • City
    • Mobile Phone Number
    • Skype Intentions
  • 14. Accessing Skype Start Menu  Programs  Skype
  • 15. Before Skypeing
    • Test Your Speakers, Microphone, and Camera
      • Help  Welcome Screen  Check your sounds works
    • Remember to set your settings appropriately
      • Skype  Profile
      • Skype  Privacy
  • 16.  
  • 17. CC Image Courtesy of Leo Reynolds: ‘question mark ?’ http://www.flickr.com/photos/49968232@N00/12364944
  • 18. Demographics
    • Hopewell Township
    • Hopewell Boro
    • Pennington Boro
    • Other