- Make sure you have access to multiple copies of most of the author's works.
- Read and discuss the author's works well in advance of the virtual visit.
- Collect questions for the author ahead of time.
- Discuss netiquette and discussion procedures with the students.
- Check and double check that all equipment and necessary software is working.
- Use a projector to broadcast the computer screen or webcam so all students can see the communication.
- If connecting via e-mail, bulletin board, or virtual chat, be sure students read all posts before asking follow-up questions.
- Monitor the time and allow students to ask impromptu questions if there is enough time.
Resource: Johnson, D. (2009). The Joys of Children's Literature. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Co., Boston, MA.