What is iChat?

iChat (formerly iChat AV) is an instant messaging software application by Apple Inc. for their Mac OS X operating system. It has audio, video and screen-sharing capabilities as well as text messaging.
iChat can serve as a client for AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), MobileMe, ICQ and XMPP. It uses a XMPP-like protocol and Bonjour for user discovery and it also allows for LAN communication. iChat's AIM support is fully endorsed by AOL, and uses their official implementation of the AIM OSCAR protocol. Using a XMPP transport[1], iChat users may also integrate their MSN, Yahoo! and Google Talk contacts into the XMPP pane.
iChat bears Apple's Aqua interface and uses speech bubbles and pictures to personify the online chatting experience. With iChat, green (available), yellow (idle), and red (away) dots can be seen next to the name of each connected user on the buddy list. To cater for color-blind users, this can be altered to show different shapes to illustrate status rather than color.

How to use it in the Classroom

  • Communication with other teachers / staff
  • iChat will work at home
  • transferring documents
  • student collaboration
  • Video-conferencing with other classrooms

More info about using iChat

Click on this link to get more info and some additional videos about using iChat in the classroom.

To set up iChat: Step One - Get an AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) Screen Name

Click HERE to get a Screen Name

Here are screen shots for how to fill in the pages at the AIM website:


The second half of the page:

Step Two: Tutorials for setting up iChat on your computer - once you have an AOL Screen Name:

Part Two: