If you are not already using Skype then you need to think again! In a world of tele-commuting it will not only facilitate communications with your staff in other locations or whilst you are out of the office; but can also be used for remote tutoring and in doing so possibly cut some overheads such as tutor travel expenses.
With a free entry level for one on one communication either by instant messaging or video call, what’s not to love?
Skype advertise the following free services:
- Free Video Calling
- Free Skype calls to anyone else on Skype
- Free screen share
- Instant messaging
- Sending files
The services Skype charges for are Group Video Calling (only the call initiator needs to have the function) and calls to mobiles and landlines.
With great aps for iphone and ipad, you really will remain connected when you need to!
The reliability of the system is good too, and call quality seems to depend more on your internet connection than the Skype software. Naturally, for video calling you need a good webcam but we use it everyday and problems are rare and picture quality is on the whole, very good. I am always constantly amazed at the size of files that can be sent through the instant messenger; files that fail on email and take ages to upload to other ‘send apps’, whizz through Skype in seconds and a few minutes for larger files.
Check back next week for a great add-on for Skype that records videos!