The fine folks over at Random House Children's Books created this great brochure about connecting with authors via video chat services, like Skype. Download it here. They interviewed Daniel Rolo, a teacher from Catham, Ontario, and me about the experience of my visiting his classroom virtually.
Last week I had the pleasure of zooming into St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Maryland where librarian Anne Macdonell donned a Lunch Lady costume and her students and I had a snappy conversation about writing, illustrating, reading and creativity. The students had already viewed the lecture videos that I provide on a password protected website, so they had lots of questions!
Here's what the chat looked like from my view:
After our video chat, I sent Ms. Macdonell signed book plates and the drawing that I drew in our video chat. Not only do the students get a physical reminder of our interaction, the schools are also welcome to photocopy the drawing for each student.