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DIRECTIONS FOR AUTHORS ~ DIRECTIONS FOR TEACHERS & LIBRARIANS
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.
Marsha Diane Arnold
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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