I used it in an international iEarn/Global Classroom project in a 5th grade classroom last year. It was incredibly successful after the school purchased a "body motion camera" (could be wrong with the word choice there). Essentially it looked like around camera on stick that followed motion. We conducted weekly conferences with schools in Slovenia, China, Canada, Russia, and our friends in Maine. Scheduling was a bit hectic but we rarely lost connection and there was hardly any "delay". Only complaint was that the picture isn't as sharp on the big screen.
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Jim O may have. Ask him.
Mallory Dignin (3/4 science resident at NTA) used Skype, but recorded it for use in her classroom. Her brother is living in China. The unit was on understanding the Earth's movement and day and night in different parts of the world. She'd be able to tell you tech details. She did not need to worry about the signa dropping, but students weren't able to talk with her brother in real time.
You may find something useful in this link to Skype in the Classroom https://education.skype.com/
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