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A simple tutorial for educators to download and begin using Skype.

A simple tutorial for educators to download and begin using Skype.

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  • 1. A TUTORIAL Simple Skyping Kyrsten W. Thomas for ELMM 516 Summer 2010
  • 2.
    • A SOFTWARE APPLICATION THAT ALLOWS USERS TO SEND VOICE CALLS, INSTANT MESSAGES, OR VIDEO CONFERENCING VIA THE INTERNET
    • A PUBLIC DOMAIN (FREE TO USE) PROGRAM
    • A SIMPLE WAY FOR TEACHERS TO OPEN THE DOOR BEYOND THEIR CLASSROOMS THROUGH TECHNOLOGY
    What is Skype?
  • 3.
    • TO NETWORK WITH WITH OTHER EDUCATORS
    • TO HAVE STUDENTS COLLABORATE
    • WITH OTHERS AROUND THE
    • WORLD
    • TO SPEAK WITH EXPERTS/
    • CONDUCT INTERVIEWS
    • TO PROVIDE INCLUSION
    • TO ALLOW PARENTS TO CONNECT
    • MORE FULLY WITH
    • CLASSROOM EVENTS
    Why use Skype? Check out www.teachingdegree.org/2009/06/30/50-awesome-ways-to-use-skype-in-the-classroom/ to get started!
  • 4. Interesting Facts about Skype
    • Skype added 39 million registered users in the last months of 2009, for a total of 560 million.
    • 36 percent of Skype-to-Skype calls included video, a number that is consistently rising.
    • Skype is available in 29 languages and is used in almost every country around the world.
  • 5.
    • Step 1:
    • Go to
    • www.skype.com
    • and click on “Get Skype” to download/ install the software
    * Follow the installation directions; don’t forget to “agree to the terms” of use!
  • 6.
    • Step 2:
    • Double click the Skype icon (on your start bar program list) to begin
    * The app will open to the internet for you!
  • 7.
    • Step 3:
    • Fill in your name; create a ‘Skype name’; create a password; give your contact e-mail
    * Keep your Skype name simple, so that other users can contact you easily
  • 8.
    • Step 4:
    • Personalize your settings; look for contacts by name or e-mail address
    Toolbar for general Skype info., arranging contacts, calling, viewing, other tools, and help Personalize profile with photos or video Search by name for other Skypers Tab for keeping track of conversations * Similar to social networking sites, you may personalize your profile
  • 9.
    • Step 5:
    • To enable video conferencing, click tools; options; video; check the box that reads, “enable Skype video”
    * This tutorial was created under the assumption that the computer you’re working with is video enabled; if not, you’ll need to install a webcam! Once your video option is enabled, right click on any contact to initiate a video call
  • 10. Give credit where credit is due… Educause Learning Initiative. (2007, December). 7 things you should know about… Skype. Retrieved from www.educasue.edu/eli Kellner, K. Skype in the classroom – the EduSkypers Phonebook . (2010, July). Retrieved from http://skypeintheclassroom.wordpress.com Edtechteacher: 21 st century learning. (2010, July). Skype Video Tutorials . Retrieved from www.edtechteacher.org/skypetutorial.html About Skype. (2010, August). Retrieved from http://about.skype.com Malik, O. Skype by the numbers: it’s really big . (2010, April). Retrieved from http://gigaom.com/2010/04/20/skype-q4-2009-number/