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Skyping with 6th Graders

Have I mentioned how much I love the way Skype allows me to teach my own 7th grade students all day and still have time for a virtual author visit with kids halfway across the country before I make dinner? Today’s crew of 6th graders, Mrs. Duff’s class in Oelwein, Iowa, read The Brilliant Fall of  Gianna […]

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Novels in verse, discovery drafts, writing music, & Skype

A few weeks ago in the advanced creative writing class that and I co-teach, one of our 7th grade girls had a question about writing novels in verse that stumped us. "Is it better for me to just write these poems as they come to me, do you think? Or should I have an outline […]

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Authors Who Skype with Classes & Book Clubs (for free!)

&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br /> &amp;lt;div class=”statcounter”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;a href=”http://www.statcounter.com/free_invisible_web_tracker.html” target=”_blank”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;img class=”statcounter” src=”http://c37.statcounter.com/3329019/0/47cf46ed/1/” alt=”best tracker”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/div&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br /> &amp;lt;p&amp;gt; Welcome to the Authors Who Skype with Classes & Book Clubs List!  I’m Kate Messner, the children’s author and educator who maintains this site.  I started it because I’ve found that virtual author visits are a great way to connect authors […]

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For authors interested in Skype virtual visits…

Children’s author Mona Kerby and school library media specialist Sarah Chauncey have teamed up to create the Skype an Author Network, an terrific online resource to help authors who offer virtual visits connect with teachers and librarians. If you’re interested in offering this kind of virtual visit, they’d love to have you click on this […]

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Welcome to the Future

As a teacher, I’m so very fortunate to work in a school district that supports creative technology integration in the classroom. The kind of technology that let my kids chat with Laurie Halse Anderson via Skype last week. The kind that lets them participate in Harvard University’s River City research project about how science-based virtual […]

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Virtual Author Visits: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, & the Awesome

There’s been a lot of online chatter lately about virtual author visits, and as someone who wears two hats, I’ve been paying special attention. Because I’m a middle school English teacher as well as an author, my ability to travel for school visits is somewhat limited, so I’ll be using Skype videoconferencing software to offer […]

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