On October 19th, 2018, I did an author Skype with two 4th grade classes at an international school in Ankara, Turkey. Everything was set. However, technology failed, and the teacher (my friend) had to resort to using her smartphone! The classes were extremely well behaved and quiet. Each child, who wanted to, came up to the camera and asked me a question. I had also prepared some slides of photos. Per the teacher's request, I shared how God gave me a passion to write and care for North Koreans. Mrs. Woo, their teacher, did an excellent follow-up by having the students write their reflections or letter to me. I'm happy that some girls decided to be a writer! And some Muslim students started reading the Bible!
Below are some of the letters + photos in a slideshow. Technology aside, they and I had a blast! Thanks, Mrs. Woo & Mrs. Gestring at Oasis International School!
And thank you, to the "Create Engaging School Visits" Facebook group for great advice for author Skypes! If you're an author, be sure to join that group if you want to present at schools.
Wanna know more about conducting author Skypes? Read about it at the Grog blog where I interview picture book author, Laura Murray, of the Gingerbread Man Loose in the School series. She recently Skyped with my students. It was fabulous!
Also, don't forget November is picture book month! Each day a picture book author shares their thoughts at the Picture Book Month web site!
Tina M. Cho, children's author
I'm a children's author and freelance writer for the educational market. Welcome!