I’ve always really enjoyed watching authors give book talks or interviews via Youtube so to witness a session like this “in-person” through Skype would be awesome!
After reading Kate Messner’s “The Skyping Renaissance,” I was really captivated by the LitWorld’s World Read Aloud Day (WRAD), a Skype event that promotes reading aloud and highlights the importance of sharing stories. I don’t know why I was surprised that Skype was another outlet for such a great Lit community, but I was! Pleasantly surprised!
Now that the Skype technology has evolved I don’t really see any problems with using it in the classroom as long as the students are accustomed to seeing themselves on the screen as well and aren’t easily distracted.
It’s hard to narrow down to one author I would like to Skype with, but for the sake of this post I would have to chose Jon Klassen. I have really enjoyed looking at his picture books this year, and though he is better known as an illustrator, I would still love to have some one-on-one interaction with him and just get to know him more.