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    • Internet Technologies & Hearing Loss – Introduction to Skype Heidi Walsh
      • Over the next few weeks, we will look at an Internet Technology per week including:
        • Forums  14-03-2011
        • Chatrooms  21-03-2011
        • Blogs  28-03-2011
        • Facebook  04-04-2011
        • Twitter  09-05-2011
        • Skype
      • And how these technologies can support people with hearing loss
    • What is Skype?
      • Is a online telephone service
        • More correctly known as VOIP - Voice Over Internet Protocol
      • It is a way for people to communicate with other people over the Internet using headphone/speakers and a microphone
      • Also has instant text messaging so you can type to the other person/they can type back
      • You can talk to one person at a time
      • Or you can conference call with several people
      • Skype has an indicator that tells you if other people on your contacts list are online
      • Skype calls are free if the other person is using Skype as well
        • Useful for contacting overseas
      • Small charge if calling someone who is using a regular phone/mobile phone
      • Can use video camera to see other person
      • Can also have a monthly paid account which gives you inclusive calls to regular phones/mobile phones (from £1.95)
    • Also can include …
      • Charged services:
      • Answering machine / voicemail
      • Call forwarding for when you are not online
      • Permanent phone number – which people with regular phones can use to call you
      • Send SMS to mobile phone
    • Other possibilities:
      • You can have Skype on some mobile phones
      • You can have Skype on a USB memory stick and run it from the USB stick rather than installing it – means you can use it on other computers such as library, etc.
        • www.portableapps.com
    • Other possibilities:
      • USB Skype handset – looks like regular phone but plugs into PC
      • Skype phone – looks like regular phone but plugs into your broadband box (lets you use Skype without turning your PC on)
      • Skype is not a replacement for your regular phone and IS NOT suitable for emergency phone calls
    • Extensions for Skype
      • Record Skype calls
        • www.freecorder.com
        • Pamela
      • Send and receive faxes
        • PamFax PAYG (under Skype Menu>Tools>Extras)
      • Online whiteboard
        • http://www.idroo.com/download
    • Uses for deaf people
      • Text facility means that you can speak to your hearing friends but they can type back to you if you cannot hear them
      • Video facility means that you can use lipreading – to some extent
        • depends on quality of image
    • How it works
      • You need broadband to use Skype
      • To use Skype you need a free Skype account and the software installed on your PC/mobile phone
        • You need to choose a Skype name (username)
        • You can set your account ‘privacy’ settings so that people can find you but not add you to their Skype phone list (contacts) unless you give permission
      • Find and add people to your contacts list
    • Skype Software – main page
    • Allows you to set your online status – eg Do not disturb List of people you know who have Skype accounts and/or people who you have added to your Skype phone book (contact list) Simply click on a name to call that person
    •