I use Skype almost every day in my personal and professional life. It’s free and easy to use and so personal! My sister and I cook together with our laptops on in our kitchens, chatting while doing our “chores”. She’s in Melbourne and I’m in Edmonton! My nieces and nephews play imaginary games with me through the computer screen, feeding me imaginary cake or giving me presents!
More and more we are integrating Skype into teaching in schools and higher education.
Rather than create my own set of “how to” instructions here, which is time-consuming, I will link to Blogs where others have already done the hard work. Here are two links to follow if you want to learn more about setting up Skype and want to link with others who are already successfully doing this.
The Edublogger has a “how to set up skype” guide, followed by discussions, this is based on higher education settings.
An online e-journey with generation Y tells us about their experiences using Skype in their schools
Health 2.0 and the Healing Power of Supportive Communities
As we know, social networks are gaining widespread acceptance, and people of all ages are accessing the internet not just to get information but also to find, give and receive emotional support.
In a recent report from CarePages, they discuss that scientific studies provide evidence that such support has significant health benefits.
An excerpt from their full report:
“For people facing a health crisis or a chronic, debilitating condition, Health 2.0 is not just about innovative technology – although technical advances such as the expansion of broadband have made Internet applications easier to access and use. Technology, however, is only an enabling tool to help these Health 2.0 individuals get what they really want – the opportunity to connect with others who will help them feel better physically, emotionally, mentally and/or spiritually.“
This report links with three of my other posts. The first one where I talked about the incredible support my father received from an online support group, after he was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer, the post I made about “doing being and becoming a blogger, to belong in a virtual world” and one linked to that… about the blogging project we are planning with Edmonton Brain Injury Relearning Society… to facilitate safe blogging with people who have an acquired brain injury.