October 20, 2012

Skype: What is all the hype?

Filed under: Uncategorized — by kschreckengost @ 3:56 am

I’ve had a chance to delve into the world of Skype in the past few days. This is one area that I feel very comfortable commenting on. Skype’s ability to bring people together, without having to worry about physical distance, is priceless. As an SLP, I have had instances in which I have needed to access clients when they have not been physically able to attend a session. The medical office that I work in is Skype enabled and uses Apple’s Facetime as well. Sharing space with a medical practice has enabled me to see how much modern medicine has advanced because of technology too. Programs like Skype break down the physical barriers that doctors and patients have encountered in the past. Patients who live far distances away, or those who need access to care while on business trips or vacations, are able to use one of the above programs (Skype or Facetime) to connect with their physician and have a virtual visit if necessary. It is truly amazing to see this in action. For me, I know that Skype comes in handy for teaching as well. I know fellow teachers who have worked on joint projects with other teachers and classrooms located in other states and even countries. They’ve used Skype as a point of unity to bring the students together when discussions were needed. In short, Skype makes it easier to break down the walls that inhibit us from making connections outside of our immediate environment on a regular basis and is a resource worth exploring if you haven’t already.



  1. Skype is a great tool. You make some interesting points about how Skype is helping in areas outside of education. I could see how valuable this is in the medical field. Really gives a chance for collaboration to happen even if though medical personnel may be a great distance away. Businesses obviously can use this to help breakdown communication barriers.

    In education, we can use it in online learning to help students make a connection between students and instructor. I agree that it is a resource worth exploring and we need to see how we might be able to use it.

    Comment by robertreedut11 — October 20, 2012 @ 4:15 am |Reply

  2. I like your example in the medical field. Occasionally we see news items about patients and doctors making contact remotely, especially in rural areas. I would venture that we will see lots of growth in this field.

    On occasion we’ve had students who weren’t able to get to school because of long term health issues. I worked with a teacher, student and parent in one instance where the student wasn’t able to come to school so we took the school to the student using Skype. We set up Skype on a laptop and used the school’s wireless capabilities to broadcast to the student from each of his classes. It was really empowering for the homebound student as he had really been missing being in the school and his classmates were great about making sure that he was involved in activities and conversations as much as possible. His teacher was fantastic and really worked to help this project evolve.

    Comment by cjudas — October 21, 2012 @ 12:28 am |Reply

  3. I am really intrigued by the use of Skype in the medical field. To be able to travel and still have access to your doctor would be a great benefit for those with chronic conditions.
    I have worked as a homebound teacher in the past and I like the thought that Skype could be used to keep the child up to date…being involved in class in real time would be a great advantage!

    Comment by dawnlfrye — October 22, 2012 @ 5:21 pm |Reply

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