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Skype can be used in the classroom and here are some ideas to get you started .

Skype can be used in the classroom and here are some ideas to get you started .

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  • Calls from one Skype user to another are free, wherever they are in the world. You make calls using usernames rather than traditional phone numbers, and if you have the equipment, you can video chat. You can use Skype to instant message or chat, or you can make calls cheaply to real phones, but today we are going to talk about FREE! skype to skype
  • Luckily , the software is on the computers in this classroom, but in your school or at home, here is what you would do. When you go to the website on your own computer, it can tell whether you are using a mac or pc and will guide you to the correct download.
  • To make calls we use a “username” instead of a phone #. Create username and remember, this is how people search for you, so depending on your situation, you need not make it cryptic. Students may need to take more precautions in a school setting. Email is also so that potential contacts can find you. And if you ever forget your password, email is the only way to get it back. PC-click on icon, wait!! New account window comes up first, sign up, wait!! Welcome screen comes – close it. Takes a few minutes for the window to finish loading and shows the skype test call contact. Be patient!
  • If you hear yourself, you are good to go! Please post your username after you have placed your test call.
  • PC –under skype privacy Mac:Under Preferences:Different levels of privacy. (preferences/privacy in the menu bar) Allow anyone to contact you (default setting) when you do not yet have a big contact list or set of authorized people. Continue to allow anyone to contact you if you are interested in getting random calls from people who just want to meet new people on Skype. Different versions look a little different than the window shown but the options are basically the same. “ Skype me” is (under account/change status in menu bar) (not in new version.)
  • Search users by name or Skype account or email and add them to your contact list. (importing from email.) find or search. It ’ s common practice to arrange a Skype call in advance or to send a text message via Skype ’ s chat feature to be sure the person is available for a voice call. You can go ahead and add the person in the column next to your name and make the call! How about a brief conversation about what classes you are signed up for this fall. then switch and let your partner call you. The person in the first column should call first.
  • Lots of great ideas on the web for using Skype in the classroom. If time, show the video. Oprah uses skype on the show for having “experts” visit. I thought Who wants be a millionaire should “Skype a friend”.

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  • 1.  
  • 2. What is SKYPE? “ VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) program” which just means Making calls over a computer network
  • 3. Today We Will:
      • Download software from Skype website.
      • Open application and sign up as user.
      • Discuss privacy and security.
      • Use our new IDs to make and receive video calls.
      • Explore ways to use Skype in school.
  • 4. What Do You Need?
    • To use Skype you’ll need:
      • A PC running Windows, Mac OS X, or a Linux operating system
      • An Internet connection
      • A headset or equivalent
      • Skype software
      • Someone to call!
  • 5. Downloading Skype
      • www.skype.com
      • “ Download Now” (Windows or Mac)
      • Follow prompts to save, download and put application onto the computer.
  • 6. Signing Up!
      • Open Skype
        • Icon on Desktop or Start/Programs (PC)
        • In Finder/Applications folder (Mac)
  • 7. Skype Test Call
      • Test to make sure your audio components are working.
      • From contact list - “Skype Test Call”
      • Green phone button
      • At the prompt, record 20 seconds and wait
      • for playback.
    Please post your username on the whiteboard in one of the columns.
  • 8. Privacy and Security
      • Privacy Settings
  • 9. Finding Contacts & Making a Call
      • Click on the “Find” button at the top of the screen and type in a username.
      • Click on the correct result and “Add Contact”.
      • Select the name from the list and using the green phone button, make the call! Use the red button to hang up.
  • 10. Ideas and Resources
      • 50 Awesome Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom
      • Skype in the Classroom
      • Skype Privacy Statement
      • Arisley School Skype Movie
      • Author Visits
      • Foreign Language Lessons
      • Remote Tutoring
      • Podcasts
      • Sharing Travel Experiences in
      • Real Time
      • Share Class Work with Parents
      • Book Discussions
      • Reference Services
      • Absent Students Can Be “in Class”
  • 11. Congatulations! Now You Know How to…