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  1. Using Elluminate & Skype with Language Instruction Luba Iskold & Nancy LeVan October 25, 2010

  2. Elluminate and Skypein the Language Classroom • Instructional Materials • Audio • Textbook CDs • Instructor & student recordings • Songs • Video • Textbook DVDs • Student-produced videos • YouTube clips • SCOLA segments • Dish TV clips

  3. Elluminate and Skypein the Language Classroom • Instructional Materials • Blackboard materials • Handouts & tutorial documents • PowerPoint presentations • Images and Internet links • Chalkboard explanations and illustrations

  4. Elluminate Creating and Running Sessions

  5. Create a session 1. At elluminate.com, click My Elluminate and login 2. To create a session, click Schedule a Meeting 3B. Fill all Basic Fields & click Show Invitees (Option B)

  6. Invite people 2. Select contacts & add them as Chair or Non-Chair 1. To invite a new contact, fill in the blanks and Create the Invitee 3. When finished, go to the top-right and Create the Session

  7. Join a session • Immediately: via the Elluminate website or • Later: open the email invitation Note: An email invitation will be automatically sent to each participant, including the moderator

  8. Software Overview Menus & shortcut buttons Switch whiteboard “pages” Enable/disable functions for individual participants Whiteboard tools Polling buttons Custom size/color/font options appear below when using certain tools Chat box – type here Turn microphone on/off and control volume levels

  9. Desktop Sharing Share a single application, or your entire desktop While sharing the desktop, the quality of video and audio files is poor. Better quality can be achieved by emailing files or links to students, or by uploading them to Blackboard.

  10. Share Websites, Documents, PowerPoints, and More!

  11. Pedagogical Uses • Invite guest speakers from remote locations • Host online study sessions, office hours, and discussions • Save whiteboard notes for later review • Post a copy of your virtual whiteboard to Blackboard or send to students via email • In special situations, enable students to attend class from remote locations • Tutoring • Independent study • Summer study & research • Continuation of academic work while studying abroad

  12. Pros & Cons • Pros • Geared toward teaching and learning • Many features integrated into a single program • Students and guest speakers do not need accounts • The software is installed automatically upon first use • Instructors moderate discussion

  13. Pros & Cons • Cons • The college must pay for a subscription • Cluttered interface with too many buttons • Time is needed to become familiar with the software • Sessions must be scheduled in advance • Participants must be invited ahead of time • Invitations clutter email inboxes • The best audio quality is achieved by turning microphones on/off each time someone speaks, which is a distraction in a classroom setting

  14. Skype Technology Update

  15. Skype for Windows • Calls with video & audio • New: Group video calls (Free trial) • Desktop sharing • Instant Messaging • File sharing • Integrated access to your Facebook newsfeed and contacts

  16. Skype for Mac OSX • Calls with video & audio • Coming soon: Group video calls • Share your desktop • Instant Messaging • File sharing

  17. Pedagogical Uses • Group & one-on-one calls • Invite guest speakers from remote locations • Host study sessions, office hours, and online discussions • Enable students to attend class from remote locations • Up to 25 audio conference call participants • Save a group as a contact • Quickly contact all students in a class

  18. Pedagogical Uses • Instant Messaging • Interact with students • Keep a discussion log • Send files through Skype • Share your desktop • Show Blackboard materials • Show websites • Play videos or audio files with minor quality loss • Access your Facebook newsfeed and contacts • Communicate with students or guest speakers that do not have Skype accounts

  19. Pros & Cons • Pros • Free! • Easy to use, intuitive interface • Spontaneity: No need to send invitations or schedule meetings in advance • No need to turn microphones on/off when speaking • Less disruptive to classroom instruction • Runs in multiple languages

  20. Pros & Cons • Cons • No integrated whiteboard; however, any drawing program can be run while sharing your desktop • Every participantneedsto create an account and download the software