Skype

Skype is a service that allows users to communicate with each other by voice, video, and instant messaging over the Internet. Calls to other users within the Skype service are free of charge, while calls to landline or mobile telephones are charged to a user account. Apps are available for iOS, Android, and BlackBerry mobile devices; a beta version for Windows phones has been introduced in early 2012.

Skype is owned by Microsoft and has 680 million registered users as of February 2012.

Training:

CIT provides one-on-one training, group workshops, and training designed to meet specific needs of different departments to help faculty and staff integrate technology into their teaching and working environments. For training on Skype, please contact CIT at 572-8130 or cit@westfield.ma.edu.                                                                                     

 

Resources:

Skype – www.skype.com

Tutorials:

The EduBlogger – Quick Start Tips for New Skype Users

Annick Press – Skype Tutorials for Teachers, Authors, and Librarians

Intel – Skype and PC 

Video – How to download and install Skype on your Mac

Video – How to download and install Skype on your PC

Video – How to make a video call with Skype on your Mac

Additional Resources:

Social Networking in Plain English – good background info

How to Record a Skype Conversation:

      Mac Recorder for Skype

      PC Recorders for Skype

Personal and Professional Uses:

Higher Ed Articles:

      Chronicle of Higher Education – New Media Journalism

      The Guardian – Online Tools Help Parents Stalk Children

Projects in the Classroom:

      Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Students Interviewing Students Over Skype

      Tools for the Teks – Skype in the Classroom

      Skype – English Lessons Online

      Video – Skyping in the Spanish Classroom