[caption id="attachment_31120" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Educators are forgoing professional video conferencing software for the free, easy-to-use Skype."]Educators are abandoning professional video-conferencing software for the free, easy-to-use Skype[/caption]

With school budgets continuing to shrink, many educators are turning to free or inexpensive software such as Skype, along with the web cameras that now come standard on most laptop computers, to connect with other classes or colleagues online—forgoing traditional (and more expensive) video conferencing solutions.

Numerous educators said they have used Skype in one form or another for lesson planning or instruction, with most citing its cost...

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