skyping to connect classrooms and authors

This year I have been fortunate enough to bring two, very well known children’s authors into my classroom through the use of Skype, and it began with a simple tweet.

Authors Grace Lin and Erica S. Perl came into our 5th grade classroom via Skype on separate occasions after reading their books. Our first visit was with Ms. Lin. Early in the school year we read her beautifully written, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. As we were nearing the end of the book I tweeted how much my kids were enjoying it, making sure to include her handle @pacylin, so she would see the tweet. To my surprise she responded, and we began to talk about the prospect of an author “visit” through an exchange of tweets and emails.

Our second visit was with Erica S. Perl, author of When Life Gives You O.J.  I documented the experience in the following video.

Currently we are reading Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier. As you may have guessed, I am working on arranging a visit.


About Eric G Carlson

A husband, father, and educator.
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