Making the most of the social web, we are seeking your tips on making the most of real-time video calls. Where is the conversation? Everywhere! Are you using Duo, Facetime, Facebook Messenger, Houseparty, Whatsapp, Zoom, or — first released in 2003, making quite the leap forward with phone calls. We explore this in depth:

Key Links

Core skills (Digital Literacy Quiz)

  • Have you created an account on Skype?
  • Can you login on your laptop? On your phone? On your tablet?
  • What version of Skype are you using?
  • Does your microphone work?
  • Does your webcam work?
  • Have you changed your mood message?
  • Bonus Point: Do you know your Skype Name and password?

Buzzword Bingo
Account – Add people – App – Attachments – Attention – Broadcast – Buy Skype Credit – Call – Call Dropped – Communication – Conference call – Contacts – Conversation – Credit – Edits – Estonia – Etiquette – Favorite – Feature – File Transfer – Group – Help – History – Incoming Calls – Invisible – Landline – Language – Lottery – Microphone – Mood Message – No Emergency Calls – Notifications – Offline – Online – Pending – Preferences – Premium – Privacy – Profile – Recent – Ringing – Save Files – Screen Share – Skype – Skype WiFi – Skypeable – Smartphone – Status – Talk – Talking – Telephone – Video – Video Call – Video Message – Voucher – Webcam – Wi-Fi – Window

The art of Skype set-dressing: how to video-call the office when in quarantine – Guardian
People’s hatred of Skype is helping startups erode Microsoft Office’s dominance at work
“How can they be so good?”: The strange story of Skype – Ars Tecnica

If I don’t do it, I will never learn.

Skype to Skype calls are free – but to call a mobile or landline from Skype, you need a little Skype Credit or a subscription.

The price you pay depends on the country you’re calling to, not the country you’re calling from.


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