Posted by: Ann Treacy | January 14, 2013

Skyping in Guest Speakers in Brainerd Schools

Thanks to Ann Higgins for sharing a fun story from the Brainerd Dispatch on how author was able to visit with students at Brainerd High School thanks to the technology of Skype…

Freshman English students filled the high school’s Little Theatre to meet with author Alane Ferguson via Skype during the schools’ third and sixth hours Thursday.

Ferguson joined the classes from her home in Colorado.

Apparently the students had read and really enjoyed the first book in Ferguson’s Christopher Series so they suggested that their teacher contact the author. She did and the rest is history. Ferguson was happy to hear about the enthusiastic readers and agreed to the Skype sessions. It sounds like the kids loved it…

Kirsten Johnshoy, 14 and also a student in Gross’ English class, said she really enjoyed the Skype session with Ferguson and, like her teachers, was surprised to hear that Ferguson wanted to talk to her class.

“This is really cool,” Johnshoy said of the Skype session with Ferguson. “It was a great experience especially after reading her books.”

Such a good use of a pretty simple technology. A great opportunity for the students, energizing for the teacher and fun for the author. But as a librarian who loves technology, I especially love the idea of technology being used to promote reading and traditional books. A nice example of how new and old technology and a little thinking outside the box can enhance education for all involved.


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