Thursday, May 21, 2009

Skypechat with... ?

I haven't used it often, but Skype is a pretty handy-dandy little tool. Since I've incorporated self-selected reading, I'd love to be able to have the class actually talk with some of the authors whose works they've enjoyed.

The problem is, I don't really have a plan beyond that. I want the experience to be meaningful for the students, but I'm not sure how to do that. I have to admit, I'm kind of nervous about this because I don't feel like I know what I'm doing.

I did, however, come up with a list of authors (behind the 'Continue' link).

Scott Westerfeld
Justine Larbalestier
John Green
Suzanne Collins
Pete Hautman
Cory Doctorow
Ellen Dee Davidson
M.T. Anderson
Christopher Pike (I hear he's reclusive, but I just ADORE Master of Murder)
Allegra Goodman
Neal Shusterman
Gerald Morris
Tamora Pierce
Taylor Mali (ok, so he's a poet - still!)
Stephenie Meyer

Has anybody done something like this before? How do I make it effective, especially since not all the students will be familiar with the author's work?


Liz said...

Wow. Is this even possible? Would the authors give out their skype numbers?

Clix said...

Apparently some do :)

Liz said...

wow. that would be fantastic. i'd still have tons of questions about it though - like finances for example...

loonyhiker said...

My class read a book called Takedown by EMJ Benjamin about a high school wrestler with epilepsy. I had hoped to do a phone conference with the author and through emails, found out that her family lived in my town. So instead of a phone conference, she actually came to visit my class in person. So, I recommend getting in touch with authors as much as possible because you never know what may happen!

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