Is a software application that allows users to make voice calls over the Internet. Calls to other users of the service and, in some countries, to free-of-charge numbers, are free, while calls to other landlines and mobile phones can be made for a fee. Additional features include instant messaging, file transfer and video conferencing.
Skype is an IP telephony service provider that offers free calling between computers and low-cost calling to regular telephones that aren't connected to the Internet. Included in the free service is a soft-phone application that can be downloaded to any laptop or desktop computer.
HOW TO USE IT
Skype is, basically, a way to call anyone in the world – for free. Anyone who has a computer, or Skype-capable phone .
You could probably manage it without any problem.
HOW DO WE GET IT?
You go to www.skype.com and download it. It takes a few minutes to install, and as soon as you registered a call-name, it is ready to use. It is that simple. Seriously.
WHAT DO WE HAVE TO PAY FOR?
Nothing! It’s FREE to create a call name, and free to call anyone else with Skype . No hidden charges, no expiration dates. Just free!
DO WE NEED A MICROPHONE AND HEADSET?
If your computer or phone is already equipped for this, you needn’t buy anything either. You should get a microphone and headset – or if you simply just want one.
HOW DO WE MAKE A CALL?
You just log into Skype , click on the contact you want to call, and press the call button . It will then ring them – like a phone – and they can answer. Just like a real phone.
DOES IT SOUND STRANGE, TALKING THROUGH A COMPUTER?
The quality of your speakers will have something to do with it, but we can honestly tell anyone it sounds very phone-like on a Laptop or desktop computer.
WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO FOR FREE WITH SKYPE?
All you need is the camera . Just select the option and you’re ready . You can also instant message .
Now you’ve realized Skype is pretty cool . It may not be a necessity in the US, where local calls are free, but over here in Mexico it is a way better. . It’s particularly fantastic when making naughty phone calls to another country – free calls mean you can take your time and have a proper conversation.
SKYPE IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE CLASSROOMS Assessing Skype for the classroom
Real-time, authentic communication with speakers of students’ target language
Students learn about foreign cultures from peers who live in them, bringing these cultures to life
Students are forced to practice both written and oral skills in target language
Familiarizes students with internet-based communication, the form that is quickly replacing all others in day-to-day life
Setup may be time-consuming
ePal school attendance may impact value of individual student’s experience
Parents may be uncomfortable with students using webchat software in classroom
CONSIDERATIONS FOR TEACHERS
In order for students to have a rewarding and safe experience with a new technology, teachers must first be familiar with it. Skype can be a valuable tool in foreign language learning, but as with any use of the internet, it does not come without risks.