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What it is Skype?
Skype is a software application that allows the user to make calls over the internet (Voice over Internet Protocol or VoIP). Calls made to other Skype users are free and may include video.
What you will need:
Desktop webcam - available to be signed out from the library.
Laptop webcam - available to be signed out from the library. Once it is plugged into your USB port, contact Help 5485 so that they can install it.
Microphone - available to be signed out from the library.
Contact Help to request Skpe is downloaded to your computer.
and click on "Launch It From Here"
- create a Skype account:
Teachers (only) should create a Skype account that will be used in class projects (i.e. students will not have accounts but use Skype under the direction of a teacher).
Teachers - use this format for Sype account name:
As you create your account:
sign me in when SKYPE starts
start SKYPE when computer starts
Create a New Skype Account
Enter Full Name: (enter
your first and last name
Enter Skype Name: e.g.
Use your Waltham Public Schools e-mail as your default e-mail (so that teachers can find each other).
Sign me in when SKYPE Starts
enter your Skype name and password into a new
Examples of using in the elementary schools
FAQs about using Skype
How many people can video chat at one time?
2 (see also
What kind of calls can I make with free Skype?
How do I initiate screen sharing on Skype for Windows?
Select a contact you would like to start screensharing with. You can then start a session by:
" button on the text input area and select "
Share your screen
", or go to the menu
and click on '
Share your screen
'. Alternatively, you can
right-click any of your contacts
and choose "
Share Your Screen
You can opt to select the whole screen by activating "
" or only part of it, by activating "
", to customize what portion of the screen you want to share.
What if we are having trouble with each caller seeing the video?
If you are using a school computer, call the Help Desk and ask them to turn down the hardware acceleration (video card).
Skype's FAQ page
Suggestions for teachers
Skype is a way for teachers to introduce their students to a world way beyond their classrooms.
50 Awesome Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom
Questioning the Potential Value of Skype and Videoconferencing in the Classroom?
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