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Bringing experts into your classroom via video conferencing can be an excellent enhancement to your students' learning experiences. Video conferencing can also be used to connect classrooms in a 21st century version of penpal exchanges. Skype is the most common tool for making these connections and for good reason Skype is the most popular video conferencing application. It's easy to use and free for most uses.
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Windows only: Skype 4.0 is officially out, and it features all the really big video windows and Outlook and problem-reporting tools from last year's betas. It also beefs up Skype's handling of bandwidth. The biggest jump noticeable, at least for users of the official 3.8 version, is the window real estate given to video chat and IM chats, and the general overhaul given to the app's skin and look. Skype's standard two-pane video chat has been traded in for a picture-in-picture layout, but that can be changed by dragging out your own video thumbnail. Skype also touts a new audio engine and network manager, Silk, that uses half the bandwidth to provide audio and tries to save it from stuttering when Skype notices your connection slowing down in the background.
There’s so much you can do with Skype – share a bedtime story, host a meeting or take a language class. Here’s just a few of the great things you can do: Free Skype to Skype calls. Low cost calls and text messages to mobiles and landlines. Video call your contacts.
Web Screenasting tools help you create video recording of your desktop screen sans software like Camtasia Studio or Jing. They don’t require installation and work across all platforms. After office suites and image editors, the next wave of applications that are moving to the "cloud" are screencasting tools or programs that create video recordings of your desktop screen sans software .