Virtual Author Visits

I have been researching the possibility of virtual author visits lately.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it is a possibility due to our school network configurations.  However, I love hearing about how authors and teachers are approaching this new medium.  Author and middle school English teacher Kate Messner recently collaborated with author extraordinaire Laurie Halse Anderson.  

The visit sounds like it was amazing.  Check out Kate Messner’s review from a teacher’s point of view here.  Laurie’s point-of-view can be found on her blog, here.  I have to admit, I am very jealous.  The virtual visit sounds amazing.  And Kate’s students got to hear a bit from Forge, the sequel to Chains. Lucky ducks!

What do you think? Are virtual author visits the wave of the future? And can your district work with programs like Skype?

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3 Responses

  1. I had the opporunity to speak to the 4th and 5th graders of the Denton School of Herrick, Long Island, via skype. I was able to have two question and answer sessions as I sat at my desk at home. It’s not hard to do. The school just needs someone who is computer savvy to do it. We had a great time. Peter Golenbock

  2. I’m a Melbourne based Australian author.

    You asked about authors having virtual visits with schools via Skype. I;ve done several of these, mainly related to Antarctica and for students in remote and town areas.

    Happy for you to contact me to discuss the possibility relating to one of my recent books.

  3. In Michigan, we have a group that promotes videoconferencing in the classroom – TWICE (Two Way Interactive Connections in Education). TWICE has a program that brings authors and/or specialists into the classrooms via video. http://www.twice.cc/ASK/index.html.

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