Almost all the articles referenced below have a sentence in them that tells about a service that is "like Skype". So, read and try lots of tools that are like Skype or try Skype!
Skype - At the Skype site, scroll down and click on the various tutorial videos. Explore. Click on the links. Read. Click on links in the right sidebar. When you are ready, click the "Download" tab at the top left. If you have any trouble downloading (for example you do not have administrative rights) consider using the home login you received when you got your SBISD laptop.
Check this post out by The Edublogger: Quick Start Tips for New Skype Users.
For other support articles and lists of other resources like Skype:
- Keeping in touch by Library Web Chic talks about Skype for personal and professional use.
- 10 Disruptions that could transform your class by 2 cents worth - all are interesting , but read #4.
- The Best Sites For Making International Telephone Calls by makeuseof.com These many options may even be better than Skype. Be warned, when the makeuseof site opens there is about a 15 second commercial with sound that may startle you. Click on the speaker in the upper right hand side to mute the sound.
- A new Librarian wrote a manual about how to use Skype in her district. it can be found at her blog The Learning Librarian.
- Instant Conference Calling, with Gizmo5 again by makeuseof.com Gizmo5, like Skype let's you call and video conference from computer to computer free.
- Share Your Screen With Others Using Mikogo by makeuseof.com is a free way to share screens and conduct a web meeting.
- Skype-based Reference Service by Library Voice
- Tools for Schools: Live Online Conferencing by Kathy Schrock's KaffeeKlatsch
- 50 ways to use Skype in the classroom
How might Skype be used in the Library or classroom?