Tuesday, June 30, 2009

How To Prepare for a Virtual Author Visit

  • 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. 

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