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Skype A Guide for Beginners. Created by: Vivian Martin EDA 624 Summer 2012. What is Skype?. Skype is a free, downloadable tool that allows you to make free phone calls (with or without video) from your computer to another Skype user.

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skype a guide for beginners

SkypeA Guide for Beginners

Created by: Vivian Martin

EDA 624

Summer 2012

what is skype
What is Skype?
  • Skype is a free, downloadable tool that allows you to make free phone calls (with or without video) from your computer to another Skype user.
  • You use your Internet connection to turn your computer into an Internet phone.

Photo provided by Clip Art.

skype features
Skype Features

advantages and disadvantages
Advantages and Disadvantages


  • It’s free
  • It’s easy to use
  • It gives you free and easy conference and video calling
  • It’s safe (you set privacy levels and choose who you accept calls from)
  • Can call across the world
  • Brings societies together


  • Skype –to- Skype calls are free
  • Cost to call landlines and mobiles
  • Need internet access
  • Computer, quality headphones, and webcamrequired to use
  • Feedback from computers built in microphone and speakers
  • No language translator

Skype: Advantages and Disadvantages of Skype.

current operators
Current Operators

Top 5 Benefits of Skype for Small Businesses.

setting up your skype account
Setting up your Skype account
  • Download and install Skype from the Skype website
  • Once installed open Skype and you’ll see a start-up screen
  • Click on Don’t have a Skype Name?
  • Follow the directions to create a new Skype account and user name then click Sign In.
    • Choose a username that makes it easier for others to find you and conveys the right impression of who you are

setting up your skype profile
Setting up your Skype Profile
  • Before adding contacts to your Skype account it is important to set up your Profile.
    • The more relevant the information included in your profile, the easier it will be for others to know that they are connecting with the right person.

To change your profile you need to click on the Profile tab or select

Skype>Profile>Edit your Profile from the menu bar.

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Setting up your Skype Profile
  • Change your picture by clicking on Choose Your Picture
    • Or select Skype>Profile>Change Your Picture
    • Note: It’s harder to locate the correct contact without a profile picture and you are less likely to be added as contact if you’re using default avatar.

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Setting up your Skype Profile
  • Add your Country/Region, State/Province, City, Time, website, gender and language by clicking on each field or using the drop down menu.

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Setting up your Skype Profile
  • Complete your About Me information.
  • You can check how others will see your profile information by clicking on thePublic profile and Contacts only buttons at the top of your Profile page.

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Setting up your Skype Profile
  • Public Profile is what people see when they search for Skype contact details.
  • Contacts only are what people who have been added to your Skype account can see.

setting your privacy options
Setting your Privacy Options
  • Privacy setting control who can contact you via Skype, how long your IM history is kept and is used to manage blocked users.
  • It is advisable to adjust the settings before using Skype.
  • Default setting allows your Contact list to see:
    • Your Profile picture
    • Application share their screen
    • Video talk with you
    • Send IM’s

To change your privacy settings select Skype>Privacy in the menu bar.

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Setting your Privacy Options
  • To minimize unwanted calls from anyone you might want to change it to “Allow calls from….people in my Contact list only.”

setting up audio and video
Setting up Audio and Video
  • Personal Skype Calls
    • Make sure Audio and Video is properly set before making calls.
    • To make calls you need headset with microphones and microphone with speakers.
    • If using laptop adjust sound setting to prevent feedback.
    • Web camera (optional) dependent on whether you like video talk.

Classroom Skype Calls

    • Desktop microphones
    • Speakers
    • Web camera
    • Interactive white board for display or a data projector if conferencing with another class

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Setting up Audio and Video
  • Once connected configure your Auto settings by going to Call>Audio Settings in the menu bar.
  • Select Microphone and Speakers from the drag down options.
  • Repeat process to set web cam using Video Settings options.

test audio sound and video
Test Audio, Sound and Video
  • Click on Eco/Sound Test Service.
  • Click on call.
  • Follow directions to test using Skype’ automatic sound test services.

adding people to your account
Adding People to your Account
  • To contact people add username to your Skype account.
  • Select Contacts>Add a Contact in menu bar or click on Add Contact.
  • Enter their full name, email address or Skype name.

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Adding People to your Account
  • If Skype account of the person you wish to add is displayed, click Add below the contact
    • Clicking on the Avatar displays all their profile
    • If more than one account matches your search , click on view to check all matches found
    • Before adding contact, you must send a request to that person.
    • Enter same text to introduce yourself.

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Adding People to your Account
  • Once person agrees to your request, they are added to your contact list.
  • You can place free calls, video calls, send instant messages and files to each other.

need additional information
Need Additional Information ?

How to Use Skype: A Video Tutorial –You Tube

(to get to above link right click link> open hyperlink and it will open)

Photo provided by Clip Art

  • Educators guide to using Skype.
  • Top 5 Benefits of Skype for Small Businesses.
  • A closer look at Skype, the advantages and disadvantages.
  • Schrum, Lynne and Solomon, Gwen. Web 2.0 how-to for educators. P.248.
goals that are not written down are just wishes unknown
"Goals that are not written down are just wishes. "~ Unknown

Skype will open doors to many opportunities for communication all over the world, allow our students to speak to other children first-hand about their homes, schools, culture, and challenge us to grow as educators by sharing best-practices and experiences with others in others in field of education. I hope this presentation will challenge you to incorporate Skype as a part of classroom instruction and as a part of your personal development in the world of technology.