WHAT IS VIDEO CONFERENCING? Interactive telecommunication technology Conference between two or more participants at different sites by transmitting audio and video data Tools: Video camera, microphone, speakers on device
Skype Introduction• Software that enables the worlds conversations.• Millions of individuals and businesses use Skype to make free video and voice calls, send instant messages and share files with other Skype users.• Everyday, people also use Skype to make low-cost calls to landlines and mobiles
Skype is a communications tool• Humans are really, really, interested in things that help us communicate with each other more and better.• From cave paintings to mobile phones, it’s always the same.• And this is even more true for young people. They are forging their social identity through conversation.
Skype is free Free is quite interesting to people. Especially free and good. And it’s more interesting still to impoverished young people! If you tell your friends to get Skype too, you can talk for as long as you like without worrying about the cost or the distance.
Skype’s success• 0 to customers in 2.5 years.• Nearly 200 million customers today.• Still growing at 200,000 new users every day.
Right idea, right time• There was plenty of internet calling software before Skype. But it didn’t work very well, and lots of people still had slow dial-up internet connections.• It’s a very ‘native’ product for young people.
Simple and easy• Skype worked really hard on making Skype as easy to install and use as possible.• We knew it was easy enough when Geoffrey’s grandma could use it. (Geoffrey is one of the original Skypers.)• Ease of use is important for busy young people too. Hence the iPod, people moving to Facebook…
• Skype feels free• Skype is free. More than that though, it feels free.• Free helps people realise that Skype is a different kind of company.• We took something that big companies charged quite a lot for, and gave it to you for free. Nice, eh?
SKYPE Software application that allows users to make voice and video calls over the Internet Initial names: “Sky peer-to-peer” and was abbreviated to “Skyper” Since the domain name was taken, the creators dropped the “r” and left the current title “Skype” Special features: Conference Calls with multiple people Send Files instantly Connect to your land line Get your calls forwarded when you’re offline Send Text from skype Incoming calls from anyone Great for individuals and businesses Affordable Free: Both users having Skype accounts Pay as you go or Monthly payment Calls to landlines and call phones
TOP 3 VIDEO CONFERENCING SITES iChat Must have Mac computer expensive 2009: est. 12% Most businesses use PC Google Talk Both parties have to have gmail account Skype
SKYPE IN A BUSINESS ASPECT Great way to communicate in real time A way to communicate without physically being there Can work anywhere at anytime Better communication Less errors: everyone can look at the document at the same time and communicate Changes are visible Deal with off shore clients Establish and maintain business relationships Improves Customer service
Skype and Education Video conferencing with authors Tutor session Language tutor around the world Study sessions Great way to Q & A with teachers and T.As