Skype is a FREE VoIP technology (Voice over Internet Protocol) which can be used to make audio and video phone calls via Internet.
|Audio Tools, Collaborative Tools, Video Tools||
|Communication, Communities, Comparisons, Connections, Cultures||
|Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate, Novice|
|Visit Skype Website||
|PC or Mac|
- Go to http://www.skype.com/download/skype/windows/ (Windows users) http://www.skype.com/download/skype/macosx/ (Mac users) and click Download.
- Click Skype to open.
- To sign up, click Don’t have a Skype Name?
- Type in the information to create your account and click Create.
Now you are logged into Skype. You can see your Skype name (in this example, novastartalk).
- Go to Account tab and click My Profile.
- Type in the the required information. Full Name will be the one which appears as your profile name.
Click Change to profile image.
- Click the image you would like to use and click Open.
- Now you can see the image uploaded as your profile picture. Click Apply.
- Click your name (in this example, NOVASTARTALK).
- You can type in your profile message in the box. To change your status, click triangle next to your name.
- Choose one of the options ( in this example, Invisible is chosen).
- Now you can see your status has been changed to Invisible.
- To be able to communicate with somebody, you need to know their Skype name or their e-mail address.
Go to Contacts tab and Click Add a Contact.
- Type in the Skype Name of the person you would like to communicate and click Search.
- Click Skype Name in the box and Add Contact.
- Skype will request tshigehisa to allow you to communicate on line. Click OK.
- To see the contact, click the traiangle icon.
- You can see your contacts’ Skype Name here. To start communicating, click Skype Name (in this example, tshigehisa).
- To talk to this person, click Call button.
- To write text, type in the box.
Additional Resources and Works Cited
- Go to 50 Awesome Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom http://www.teachingdegree.org/2009/06/30/50-awesome-ways-to-use-skype-in-the-classroom/ to explore the usage examples of Skype.
- List the effectiveness and ineffectiveness of the Skype examples for languages class use.
- Describe what kind of tasks would be appropriate for your students using Skype.
- Explain how to design Skype tasks for your students focused on student collaboration.
- Describe how you can connect your students to the world beyond the classroom by using Skype.
- Explain how your students’ performance will be assessed.
- Develop an example of one activity for your daily lesson plan using Skype.
- Write goals and objectives for your activity. Identify the task your students will be performing.
- List standards addressed in your activity and rational.
- Describe how students will be collaborating and connecting.