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June 21, 2011

Virtual Author Visits – Using Skype to Connect Authors and Students

Written By: Brandi Jordan
Category: Technology
X Virtual Author Visits - Using Skype to Connect Authors and Students

Virtual Author Visits - Using Skype to Connect Authors and Students

Have you been reading and discussing a special book with your class or school book club? If so, you may be interested in the opportunity to have an author visit and talk with the students – via Skype.  Skype is a free, internet conferencing system that allows people to connect digitally using a computer, webcam and microphone.

Virtual Author Visits

For a list of authors who will do 20-minute Skype visits, free of charge, check out this great article that comes complete with tips for starting a book club in your school.


Met any good authors lately?

Classroom Author Visits Can Happen Via Skype –

Here’s a List of Those Who Will Do It For Free

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  • Tanya Rio
    June 27, 2011

    I would definitely like to look into connecting with Skype in the classroom. I will definitely be checking this out.

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  • Kimberly Collatos
    June 27, 2011

    I love Skype. Thank you so much for the resource list. I will try and use that this year for sure. My students were able to meet with an author this past year, but only in a large group setting. I look forward to trying this out 🙂

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  • Jill
    June 25, 2011

    I’ve never used Skype, but my school just got a new laptop cart and all the laptops have webcams, so I might want to do this next year! Thanks so much for the resource.

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  • Brittney
    June 23, 2011

    Thank you so much for this resource! What a great way to have students ask the author questions about the characters and story lines they chose to write about. 🙂

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  • Barbara G.
    June 22, 2011

    Thanks for this cool list; I love making contact with authors and letting them in on how the lesson with their book went and what my kids had to say about it.

    We also use Skype to connect with and our soldiers overseas. It’s a win-win because our students get to ask questions and the soldiers get to be “home” just for a little bit!

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  • Brian
    June 21, 2011

    Wow, that is cool! Thanks for the list of authors willing to do it for free! 🙂

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