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Virtual Author Visits in Your Library or Classroom
It all started when author Mona Kerby visited Grandview Library in 2008 to talk to 2nd graders about her book Owney, The Mail Pouch Pooch. In 2009, Ms. Kerby visited the class via Skype. The children and their teachers cheered when Ms. Kerby "appeared" on the Smart Board. Ms. Kerby talked about Owney and the process she went through to research, write, and publish the book. Several of the children asked Ms. Kerby questions and the whole group enjoyed waving at and thanking Ms. Kerby for "visiting". The mission of the Skype an Author Network is to provide K-12 teachers and librarians with a way to connect authors, books, and young readers through virtual visits. Wouldn't it be great to invite authors into your classroom or library to video chat with students before, during, and/or after reading their books? We are growing a list of authors who want to make that connection with you via Skype. Visit our Skype Overview page to learn more about Skype.
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Our goal is to set up a network of authors who are willing to participate in Skype conversations with students in classrooms and libraries. This wiki provides a page for each author who joins the network. Our author template ensures consistency of content and keeps things simple for authors, teachers, and librarians. The author pages provide procedural and contact information. Take a look at Mona Kerby's page as an example.
Arrangements for Skype visits are initiated via email and/or phone between the author and the teacher and/or librarian.
Authors offer two types of visits:
Once you are comfortable with "Skyping" you can try additional web-based technologies to enhance your visits, for example:
The possibilities for collaboration are many. If you have used other tools during your sessions, please start a "Discussion" to share with all of our members.
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|,RichardDavison||LIKING THE INFORMATION HERE||0||Oct 6 2012, 9:47 AM EDT by ,RichardDavison|
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Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful information here. You are helping others with experiences you have had and they are great ones. This only makes us all better and allows us to reach a much wider audience, anywhere in the world almost. Best regards and huge, appreciative thoughts.
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|ESSBLibraries||Big thank you to Natasha Wing!||0||Jun 28 2012, 10:53 AM EDT by ESSBLibraries|
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Big thank you to the author Natasha Wing who Skyped with our younger students during our Bookfest week at the end of April 2012 at Shigawake-Port Daniel School in eastern Quebec, CA! Our students and teachers really appreciated her respect of the Quebec culture. Our younger students always enjoy her holiday books. And our students’ favorite book is “How to raise a dinosaur”, a cute fun book. After her presentation, many younger students asked for “How to raise a dinosaur” in the library.
Thank you again Natasha and have a nice summer!
|ESSBLibraries||Big thank you to Marsha Diane Arnold!||0||Jun 28 2012, 10:49 AM EDT by ESSBLibraries|
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Big thank you to the author Marsha Diane Arnold who Skyped with our students during our Bookfest week at the end of April 2012 at Shigawake-Port Daniel School in eastern Quebec, CA! Our students and teachers really appreciated that Marsha spent her valuable time with us. Our students and teachers like her multicultural books very much especially “Heart of a tiger” which is a great book and we have learned a lot from it. The activity and discussion generated after we read the book also helped our grade 6 students prepare their provincial exam.
Thanks again Marsha and have a nice summer!
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