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Free group video calls on Skype

April 15, 2013

skype group video callSkype has announced that they will provide educational users with free group video calling for a year. The deal is provided through Skype in the classroom, a program that is primarily aimed at K-12 classrooms. The website has instructions on how to sign up and part of the process is to verify you as an educational user. It will probably be best if you list a dot-edu address as the primary email for your account.

For general ideas on how you might integrate a group video call into your teaching, see Ten ways to use Skype in a course. And the Chronicle reported on a very dramatic point-to-point call last year in Libyan Rebels Skype With Lehigh U. Students. Before you dive in, though, take a look at some planning tips for classroom video conferences.

Tip o’ the hat to Kate Marshall at TCU.

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