This is the best method for helping you form and enhance a personal connection with your mentee. Video chat allows you to connect face-to-face, to collaborate, laugh, share, discuss, debate, and create as if you were in the same room together, even at a long distance.
How to Start Your Chat Session
Both you and your mentee must download the “ooVoo” (video chat) software to your computer. Go to http://www.oovoo.com/ and click on “Download Free ooVoo”. This process is free and takes just a few minutes to complete.
- To set up your Contacts:
– Click on “Search Friends”
– If you know the person’s ooVoo ID, enter it. If not, you can search for their name.
– Once you have found the person, click on “Add to ooVoo contacts list”. This will send the person an email stating that you wish to add them as a contact of yours. They have to agree in order for the action to be completed. Before the person has agreed you will see their name at the end of your Contacts list, under “Pending”. Once they have agreed, their status will change to active and you will be able to contact them from then on.
- To place a video call from ooVoo:
– In the Contacts tab, you will see a list of your friends. They must be online, with the ooVoo program running, for you to be able to video call them.
– You have three options to start a video call:
– Double click on your friend’s picture.
– Click once on the video call icon to the right of the friend’s picture, or
– After you highlight your friend’s picture, click on the Video Call icon at the very bottom of ooVoo.
- Once in a Video Call
– You can always add more participants to your video chat by clicking on the “Invite” tab in the upper right corner of the video call window. (Your friends must have ooVoo installed and be online, with the ooVoo program running, in order to do this.)
Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. In our mentoring context, blogs often become more than a way to just communicate; they become a way to reflect on life.
The ability of readers to leave comments in an interactive format is the most important part of the blogs you will use in this mentoring program. For example, take the fictitious sample blog below:
Don’t forget that although most blogs are primarily text, You can add images, links to other blogs or web pages, or media related to the topic at hand.
Other ways to keep in regular contact with your mentee
Phone, e-mail, instant messaging or even Facebook…whichever method is most convenient and comfortable for you and your mentee.