Mary's video calling experience
Mary's video calling story
Mary has retired and moved up the coast. She now lives away from her family, but she'd like to stay in touch. She has regular phone calls with her children, but she misses seeing how her grandkids are growing up, or how the house looks after their renovation, or her daughter's new hair cut.
Her daughter introduced her to Skype - a free video calling program she uses on her laptop.
The weekly video call
Every week, Mary schedules a video call with her children using Skype on her computer. As they chat together, the camera and microphone that are built into Mary's computer allow her children to see and hear her. The camera and microphone in her children's computer allow Mary to see and hear them too.
What happens during a call
Being able to see her kids lets Mary enjoy catching up with them in a way that she couldn't if it were just a normal telephone call.
Mary's children often bring her grandkids in on the video call, so she can see how they're growing up.
The call itself can go on as long as Mary and her family want. The call doesn't cost anything, and there's no limit to the talk time.
Mary even sometimes goes to make a cup of tea while the video call is still going on, then comes back to the call with her tea. She loves how relaxed it all is.
Talking to many people at once
Mary can even call several people at once. She can have a full family conference, even though her children all live in different cities. Each person appears in a separate box on her computer screen.
Well done, you've reach the end of Mary's video calling story activity.
You can see how video calling means that Mary is enjoying keeping in touch with her family, even though they live far away.
In the following activities, we'll show you how you can use the same tool to keep in touch with your family and friends.