Skype is an application that allows the users to make voice calls, using voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) technology. This application is commonly recognized as P2P (peer to peer) technology. The application is free (can be downloaded free of charge). Millions people use Skype to make free video and voice calls, send instant messages, video conferencing, and share files with other Skype users, especially individuals and businesses.
Skype for Teaching and Learning
Skype provides an easy way to communicate with people around the world with low cost even at no cost. By using this application, teacher and students can have a wide range of activities that can improve student engagement and comprehension. Learning becomes more authentic as it goes beyond the walls of a classroom. Anyway, skype is applicable to use with a phone call or a video chat with someone on the other side of the world so that making learning comes alive. Video calling on Skype is simple to set up and offers the ability to see friends or colleagues and have a visual interaction with them. To include multiple Skype contacts in the same call, simply click the conference button in the Skype window and add the desired parties. Skype can conference up to 5 people in a call on any computer. By having video conference, learning naturally becomes much faster and easier. In addition, teacher and students can explore other benefits of skype which are provided in its features.
Using Skype is simple. It just requires a small initial investment in a set of headphones and a webcam that is compatible with your computer. Once these are ready, create a Skype Account and visit Skype.com, and click “Download Skype Now.” After the program is downloaded,
- Choose a username and create your profile,
- Add to your contacts list, the friend you’d like to study with,
- Type his/ her Skype username into the search box, and invite him/ her to connect with you,
- Click on your study partner’s username in your contact list once you add him/ her and its study time for both!
Once again, for further information, you can visit http://www.skype.com/