How do I prepare to use Skype in my classroom?

bmetzler
2014-10-06 01:48

 

Getting ready to Skype

Submitted by B. R. Metzler

 

Skype allows users to send and receive video chat and voice calls from remote devices such as computers, tablets and smart phones.  There are a number of things that Carthage users can do to prepare for using Skype in the classroom:

  • Check the classroom’s Internet connectivity.
    • For Skype, a WIRED connection (as opposed to Wi-Fi) is far preferable. 
    • Carthage Media Services does not service classroom connectivity. If you suspect that your classroom’s connectivity is sub-par, notify the appropriate office in ample time for them to correct the issues.   The easiest way to do this is to send an email to computing@help.carthage.edu detailing the problems you have observed.
    • Media Services cannot troubleshoot or correct connectivity issues at the time of your Skype call, nor can they troubleshoot any connectivity or Skype problems for the remote location(s) you are calling
  • ALWAYS use your own computer, rather than relying on one borrowed from the library. That way, you’ll have a machine with which you’re familiar and you’ll be able to rehearse with the machine you’ll actually be using for your Skype session.
  • If you haven’t already done so, download and install Skype to your laptop. Get Skype at www.skype.com
  • If you don’t already have an account, create a Skype account for yourself at https://login.skype.com/account/signup-form
  • Be sure to keep track of your Skype Name and Password.
  • Be sure to get contact information for the person(s) on the other end of your Skype call
    • Their Skype Name
    • Alternate contact information (phone number) in case of technical difficulties
  • Set the date and time for your Skype calls and assure all parties are logged into Skype at those times
    • Rehearsal date and time
    • Actual call date and time
  • REHEARSE your call a few days in advance to iron out any technical difficulties, checking both video and sound. It would be preferable to conduct your rehearsal in the room where you'll ultimately be placing the Skype call for your class.

YouTube videos that may be of help can be found at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMAeAeyh7zM (comprehensive, Mac oriented, but useful for PC users, as well)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EQkh5Q-QAk (slightly outdated, but overall it’s good information)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2igFsF62vQc (newer information, directed at over-the-road truckers)

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