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  • 1. Skype: Bringing the World to Your Classroom Mid-South Tech Conference December 10, 2009
  • 2. First Things First: Getting Skype into Your Classroom
    • Skype will not download in Memphis City Schools and possibly in several other districts.
    • As an alternative, you can run it completely from your USB flash drive.
    • Only requires about 25 MB of storage space on your flash drive.
  • 3. Making Skype Portable
    • http://www.von-phone.com/portable-skype.php
    • On your home computer, download and install Skype. http://www.skype.com
    • Find the skype.exe file where it installed.
    • On your USB drive, create a folder and name it “Skype”.
    • Copy skype.exe into “Skype”.
    • Inside the Skype folder, create a folder and name it “Data”.
  • 4. Making Skype Portable (cont.)
    • Create a new file in Notepad, and name it “skype.bat”.
    • In this text file, add the following text:
    • skype.exe /datapath:”Data” /removable
    • Save it inside the Data folder, and exit Notepad.
    • Now Skype is portable for any PC.
    • Your call history, account settings, and other personal Skype settings stay on your USB flash drive not on the computer.
  • 5. An Alternative: USB Skype Memory Phone from Von-Phone
    • Plug and Play
    • No need to install Skype on PC
    • Currently $29.95
    http://www.von-phone.com/usb_skype_memory_phone.php
  • 6. Must Haves
    • Webcam
    • Microphone
    • Speakers
    • High Speed Internet Connection
    • Someone to call
  • 7. Who Can I Call?
    • Like-minded educators http://www.epals.com/
    • People willing to Skype into your classroom. http://www.skypeforeducators.com/educators.htm
    • Authors http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6673572.html
    • People you already know—parents, grandparents, community members
  • 8. Ideas for Skype
    • Support ESL students or foreign language learning
    • Pen Pals
    • Read Alouds
    • Real conversations with real experts
    • Collaboration without boundaries
    • Homework helper
    • Virtual Substitute—Monitor your class.
  • 9. More information
    • http://theedublogger.com/want-to-connect-with-other-classrooms/
    • http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/2006/10/using-skype-in-classroom-or-just.html
    • http://www.classroom20.com/forum/topics/skype-in-education
    • http://edtechteacher.org/skypetutorial.html
    • http://www.tutorpipe.com/home.php?sub=28#
  • 10. More Information (cont.)
    • http://www.teachingdegree.org/2009/06/30/50-awesome-ways-to-use-skype-in-the-classroom/
    • http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/using-skype-at-school.html
    • http://skypeinschools.pbworks.com/
    • http://annickpress.blogspot.com/2008/08/skype-tutorials-for-teachers-authors.html
    • http://skypejournal.com/