Skype for Educators: An Introduction to Using Skype in Education

Jose Rodriguez, 3rd grade teacher at Humphreys Avenue school In LAUSD
http://woodennickelz.blogspot.com

Link to Podcast recorded live during presentation at CLMS Conference on Saturday March 14, 2009
Skype4Educators.mp3


Welcome

  • How do you collaborate with Educators outside your school?

    • F2F as in workshops, meetings, conferences.
    • How about online? Social Networks like Ning, twitter, yahoo groups
  • Skype as a 21st Century Communication tool

    • Instant communication VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol)
    • Free calls from computer to computer
    • video conference
    • text chat / group conversations
  • Specifications

    • Web-based application: Does not need a browser to run.
    • It is cross platform; Windows, Mac, Linux.
    • Will need microphone (webcam)
      • I would recommend a USB headset for best audio.
    • Create an account: www.skype.com
    • Video Conference
    • Conference Calling


Applications - How can I use Skype as a learning tool?

**Format for Classroom discussions

Let's Do a Demo:


  • Contact list.
  • Skype Chat
  • Conference Call

Resources:


Skype for Collaboration with Wesley Fryer
http://skypeinschools.pbwiki.com/
http://50statesproject.wikispaces.com/
How to make a video call with Skype - youtube

Example of Standard AUP (Acceptable Use Policy) LAUSD


Reflection: So, how will you get started?


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