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?