How-to video: Learn how to use the online video chat system, Skype
Brief synopsis: Skype is an online video chat application that allows users to communicate with people in a wide variety of ways, by using their Internet and a webcam. This can be a powerful digital classroom tool.
Benefits: Skype empowers a digital classroom teacher to connect her students to students from other places in America or from other countries. Students can discuss their projects and/or cultures face to face, via Skype. A webcam attached to an Interactive white board can really bring people being viewed through a Skype connection to life.
Drawbacks: Since a webcam is necessary for face-to-face conversation, it may be difficult to use Skype without the help of school technology supervisors, who may need to set up the necessary equipment.
Conclusion: The how-to video above, courtesy of sayitvisually.com, demonstrates how to use the online video chat tool, Skype.