Contacts between members are to be encouraged, indirectly through the internet forum,(Gd 4)
  • but also through small groups when this is possible (Gd 4)
    1. Leaders will organize these internet contacts within a frequency which can vary between two and four weeks (video conferencing?). It is advisable to set themes and 'helm' the exchanges. (Gd 4)


    Overview

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    Install Skype

    Setup

    Skype is a free, easy to use program, that can be easily downloaded from the internet.

    1. Open a Skype account and create a username and password
    2. Download Skype for your OS (Win/Mac) and install it on your computer
    3. Sign in to Skype

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    Video conference meetings

    If you have access to the internet and a camera, you can use Skype to communicate with sound and vision in video conference meetings.

    Many computers have a webcam already built in, but if you need one, you can get them cheaply and easily, ready to plug and play. Using headphones is recommended as it will prevent possible echoing of sound, insure a better perception of conversations and more privacy.

    Skype Etiquette

    Skype makes it easier to exchange with others, but it also can make it easier to bother them, too. There's nothing worse than hearing a bunch of pings or getting an incoming video call when you're trying to get work done - or worse, when you're sharing your screen to give a presentation.

    Here are some tips on how to avoid awkward moments on Skype by having proper "Skype etiquette":

    Send an Introduction Prior to IMing

    Send a Note or Plan a Meeting Before Video Calling

    Be Aware of Your Surroundings

    Go Easy on the Multitasking

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    Silent typed meetings

    If video conference meetings take too long, involve too many people, do not produce clear decisions, or would take time away from completing "real" group work. There is an ingenious use of Skype to overcome meeting overload, dubbed "silent meetings". You may want to use Skypeís group chat feature to host meetings consisting of typed, real-time exchanges between participants, instead of conducting "talking" meetings (either in-person, or via audio or video calls video conference).

    Some of the benefits found from silent typed meetings

    If youíre interested in organizing silent typed meetings on Skype, here are a few best practices to help get you started

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    To start a voice and video chat you'll need to:

    Voice Calls

    If your contact has a camera icon next to their name in your Chat list, you can start a voice call with them. Simply select your contact from the chat list and in the Chat window that appears click the phone icon.

    Hangouts and 1:1 video chat

    If youíre using Chat in Gmail, iGoogle, orkut, Chrome OS, or Google+ you can start Hangouts directly from the Chat window.

    If you donít have a Google+ account you can start or join a limited hangout, which only includes the option to hang out with 1 other person. If youíd like access to all Hangoutsí features including the ability to hang out with up to 9 people, share your screen, and use cool Hangoutsí apps, you can upgrade to a free Google+ account at plus.google.com.

    Google+ Hangouts lets you video call with one person or have a multiway video call with up to 9 other people. To start a hangout from Gmail, Google+, iGoogle, orkut, or Chrome OS simply:

    1. Select the contact you want to chat with in your Chat list.
    2. Click the Hangouts icon  at the top of the Chat window.
    3. Your contact will receive a Hangouts invite in their Chat window. Once they accept your invite, you both can start hanging out and even invite up to 8 more people to join you!
    When you start a hangout a post will appear in your stream but, the post will only be shared with the people who were invited to the hangout.

    In addition to starting a hangout from the Chat window, you can also start a hangout in Gmail by:


    You can receive Google+ Hangouts invites and voice calls (from one computer to another) in Chat. Just download the Google voice and video call plugin and sign into Chat to get started.

    If you donít have a Google+ account you can start or join a limited hangout, which only includes the option to hang out with 1 other person. If youíd like access to all Hangoutsí features including the ability to hang out with up to 9 people, share your screen, and use cool Hangoutsí apps, you can upgrade to a free Google+ account at plus.google.com.

    Whenever someone calls you in chat, youíll hear a sound notification and a chat window will appear. To answer a voice call, click the Answer button in the chat window or, click Join Hangout to accept your hangout invite. You can ignore the call by clicking the Ignore button.

    If you miss your call, don't worry. The chat window will open, with a message saying who attempted to call you.

    Your contacts can still place calls to you even if you have a status of Busy. You cannot opt out of taking voice or video calls while still receiving normal text chats.