User-Generated Content in Education/Skype
What is Skype?
Skype is a software application that can be used to connect to someone when you are apart as long as you have internet access. This software application has text, voice, and video which makes it easier to connect to people who are not with you. Skype can be used on a phone, computer, or TV as long as there is internet access and the computer is turned on. A person can communicate for personal or work related reasons.
How does Skype work?
• You must first add other Skype contacts • Highlight names or names, then right click and to select call • There is a hang up button to end the call • To answer a call you will click answer or reject which appears on the computer screen • Update online status by clicking on status icon and changing to online, Skype Me!, away, not available, do not disturb, invisible, or offline • Transfer a call by clicking on more and then clicking on another Skype user.
• Free videoconferencing with other Skype users • Drag/Drop files and transfer directly and securely • Screen share around the globe • Conference call up to 25 people • PC or Mac
• Computer must be turned on with software running to work • Must pay when contacting a landline phone or cell phone • Cannot directly talk to a customer service representative on the phone, but instead must submit support • Interference if using Skype-Wifi due to microwaves or other devices that operate on same frequency
Educational Advantages of Using Skype in the Classroom
It is easy to connect your classroom to the world using Skype. It is free and easy for teachers to open up their classrooms to meet new people, talk to experts and share learning experiences. There are over 50,000 teachers as members and over 2,600 lessons offered through Skype. The following are some ways Skype is being used:
• Collaborating with other students – Students can create math problems for other students to solve. They can read and share their writing with students around the globe.
• Author Visits – Students can chat with an author they study via skype.
• Virtual Field Trips – If students aren’t able to participate in a field trip, use skype to bring the field trip to the classroom. For example, visiting a TV production site guided by one of the student´s parents who works there, which includes all students despite budgetary or distance constraints.
• Student Inclusion - Helping an ill classmate join the classroom from home.
• After School Help – Tutors, teachers or librarians can be available after school for students to help students with homework.
• Promotes Community – Students can share a performance or invite parents to see what is happening in the classroom.
• Foreign Language & Culture Lessons – Teachers use Skype to connect local students with native speaking students from other countries. Skype allows students to see in real-time what people’s lives, homes, schools, weather, and more look like in other countries.
After school help Videoconference Languages Meeting/Discussions with Authors
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