19 – Skype

SAME place as in 2019

Skype is useful for one-to-one interactions as well as group conversations. Skype for Business is an enterprise tool, and Skype in the Classroom an educational tool.

Website: skype.net
Cost: Free for computer-computer use. Pay to call landlines and mobile phones, and send SMS messages
Availability: Download

Ranking on the 2020 sub-lists

Top 100 Tools for
Personal Learning: 18
Top 100 Tools for
Workplace Learning: 14
Top 100 Tools for
Education: 22

Overall rankings in the 14 surveys: 2007-2020

2020: 19 2019: 19 2018: 18 2017: 11 2016: 7 2015: 9 2014: 25
2013: 13 2012: 7 2011: 4 2010: 6 2009: 11 2008: 4 2007: 3

Comments from some of those who selected Skype as one of their top toola

“For lots of interaction during a team meeting” Sacha Bos, Project Coordinator, Netherlands, 2020

“Work communication would not have happened if we didn’t have Skype for Business during lockdown.” Education Advisor, New Zealand, 2020

“We’re a Microsoft shop. While Teams is nice, it does not yet have all the features we need to deliver great virtual training. We still love Skype’s tools (e.g., Q&A, polling) and find them easier to use than Teams right now. Ideally, the two apps will become one in the future.” Training Manager, Switzerland, 2020

“main online meeting channel at workplace now” Director Knowledge Management, Austria, 2020

Quick Guide to Skype 

Here you will find some basic guidance and links to resources on how to use Skype for teaching, training, learning and development.

Get access to the Quick Guide sections at the bottom of each of the Tools page (for guidance and resources on how to use the tool for teaching, training and learning) for just £15.

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