This week marks ten years since the web address www.skype.com was registered. At the time, telephone companies were concerned: by offering free video calls over the Internet, Skype had not only introduced a form of communication more futuristic than mobile telephony (almost, perhaps, the stuff of science fiction), but also fundamentally undermined the communications industry’s business models.
Education has been swift to adopt the new medium and reap some of its rewards. It is now theoretically possible for students to connect face to face with teachers and tutors anywhere in the world: though of course, no technology is ever perfect, and any Skype user will have had his or her fair share of frozen frames, pixelated faces and jerky conversation.
To celebrate this birthday, we would like eLearning Africa News Portal readers to tell us their stories. Use the Comments section below to send us your experiences of using Skype, in an educational context or in daily life, and we’ll post them on the website. Whether you’ve got something inspirational to say, or a tale of digital woe, we’d love to hear it!