We use Skype Premium for our virtual meetings. Skype has some great features that allow us to connect using web cams and voice.
This tool is easy to use but first there are some technical requirements that you need to understand:
- If you don't already have Skype software on your computer then you must download and install the latest version of Skype for your PC (it's free and can be downloaded from www.skype.com).
- If you don't already have a Skype id then you can create one (some individuals may have concerns around anonymity so it's up to you how recognisable your Skype name is)
- Once you have a Skype id please send a contact request to the Skype id fifth.precept in advance of attending your first scheduled meeting.
- A web cam, either built-in or external. External web cams can be purchased from any computer store or online retailer.
- Ear buds or a head set. The ear buds prevent feedback. Do NOT use your computers speakers. You can buy ear buds, like the ones you use in radios, mp3 players, etc. at many local shops or online retailers. They can be as inexpensive as Ł3/$5. If you already have a headset that will work as well.
- A microphone. Some computers have built-in microphones, but the quality of these can be poor. You can also use an external mic, or one that is built into a headset.
Test your computer prior to attending a meeting
- Start Skype and go to Tools > Options > Audio Settings and Video Settings.
- Adjust your settings if necessary then try making a test call to Echo/Sound Test Service.
Attending a Meeting
Make sure that your ear buds or headset and web cam are plugged into your computer BEFORE you enter the meeting.
- From about 15-minutes before the start-time of the meeting call the 'fifth.precept' contact.
- The meeting host will welcome you and add you to the meeting call.
- Once you are connected with the meeting, look to the menu near the bottom of the screen. You will need to turn your microphone and video off (at least until the meeting is open to ‘shares’ or until after the closing dedication) by clicking them.
- Please remember to mute your mic when you are not speaking. You do this by clicking the white mic icon. When you are ready to speak, click the white icon again to unmute.
For more detailed information and troubleshooting tips, see the Skype user guide.