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How-to video: Making face-to-face Internet phone calls with Skype

Brief synopsis: Skype, located at Skype.com, gives teachers the power of the Internet to make free, face-to-face "phone" calls to other teachers, administrators or even classrooms from anywhere in the world. With the use of an inexpensive webcam, a teacher can call other teachers in a digital classroom and have students talk to or Skype each other face to face. It's all done with a webcam, Internet connection and click of a mouse.

Benefits: Skype is a powerful Web 2.0 tool that brings students and teachers from all over the world together face to face, using the Internet and a webcam. Teachers can have students discuss similar units of study or their cultures and societies in face-to-face webcam conversations. Webcams can be placed on Interactive white boards, making students and teachers seem like they are actually in the room from where you are Skyping. Skype is a point-and-click web-based Web 2.0 application, meaning it can be accessed from anywhere with an Internet connection and a webcam.

Drawbacks: Skype must be downloaded onto a PC or laptop, meaning teachers will need permission from administrators to have it placed onto their computers. Skype also requires other hardware, like a webcam and some sort of built-in microphone or separate headset.

Conclusion: The how-to video above demonstrates how to make face-to-face Internet phone calls with Skype.