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The following article is for users who want to use our equipment to Skype. If you have Skype on a personal computer and are connected to the network you can make a Skype call from your computer anywhere in the building.

Skype is an excellent way to visually and audibly communicate with anyone in the world. Coupled with the other classroom technology, anyone using the GGSE classrooms can provide their students with a high-tech, remote classroom experience. The service allows users to communicate with peers by voice using a microphone, video by using a webcam, and instant messaging over the Internet. Phone calls may be placed to recipients on the traditional telephone networks. Calls to other users within the Skype service are free of charge, while calls to landline telephones and mobile phones are charged via a debit-based user account system. Skype has also become popular for its additional features, including file transfer, and videoconferencing.

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Rooms with Skype software & high quality audio integration

Rooms which Support High Quality Audio Skype (on our Mac's OS X Side ONLY):

  • 4205
  • 4211
  • 1213
  • 1215
  • 1217

What the rooms can do:

  • Audio conferences
  • Multiple chats sessions, or video participants at the same time (if users have a paid account)
  • Screen sharing


What the rooms cannot do:

  • Live video of classroom without extra equipment (no cameras on lectern computers)
    • You are welcome to bring in your own USB webcam to support video
  • H.323 video conferencing format
  • Ensure that video is perfectly clear all the time

Using Skype in classrooms

To use Skype, you must have an account, which can be set up for free here.

Starting a Skype call on a lectern computer

Using only a computer and Skype, almost anyone can connect to their classroom. We have Skype set up in select classrooms on the Mac side only.

  1. In order to be heard by anyone connecting to the lectern computers,
    • instructors must use one of two microphones provided in the large classrooms.
  2. Open Skype in the Applications Folder.
  3. Login with your Skype account

Starting a Skype call on an alternative device (a personal computer, iPhone, iPad, or Android device)

Skype can also be used with many other devices. If you install Skype (or the Skype app), you can use those applications to integrate remote parties into your classroom. The only caveat is that the audio quality is limited by your device's microphone and speakers. We recommend using the high-quality audio systems in the rooms we have mentioned in this page, but you are not limited to those rooms, as all of our computers have Skype installed on them.


Troubleshooting

If the people that are off-site cannot hear you, Audio settings may need to be changed in Skype. To do this:

  1. Log into Skype.
  2. At the top of the screen click Skype and then click on Preferences... on the dropdown menu.
  3. Click on the Audio/Video Tab.
    1. If you have issues with picking up your micrphone sound, change the Microphone setting to Built-In Input (Line-In).
    2. If you have issues with picking up the System sounds (i.e., Youtube videos), change the Microphone setting to Soundflower (2Channel).
    3. If you have issues with hearing the other person, make sure that your Speaker setting is on Built-in Output.

Non-Supported & Advanced uses of Skype

  • Add video to your Skype session:
  1. Use a personal laptop that has Skype
  2. Point the camera/laptop to a reasonable location in the classroom.
    1. This method will not let make use of the high quality audio microphones (You'll have to talk into your laptop)
  • Conducting group conferences
  1. Connect to the external students using a Skype Premium account (which will let you have a group video conference).
  2. Follow these instructions: MacWindows
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