Thanks for your recommendations. My teacher has suggested I have a external webcam also. How does it connect to the computer?...through a USB port?
Another question..how does one connect a microphone and headphones in the computer when there appears to be only one in/out audio port? Is it possible to get an external audio port?
I am not too familiar with Macs, but it should be possible to connect a USB webcam. (USB extension cables can be had, if the webcam cable is too short)Also USB external mics are available.
Your tech should be able to advise you on this.
I would have thought, also, that Macs have separate mic in, and audio out ports, although many webcams come with a built in microphone. These can vary enormously in quality, so an external mic would be preferred.
I am not a fan of using combined mic/headsets. I use an external mic and speakers. (If you are using a laptop the internal speaker quality will not be that great)
I would also recommend that in the 'audio settings' of the Skype program itself, (under 'Tools'>'Options')you uncheck the boxes: 'Automatically adjust microphone settings', and 'Automatically adjust speaker settings'.
This will prevent sudden fluctuations in volume at either end, though, as always, your results may vary