|At 3,900 miles distance, Zindler's students made an inter-continental|
connection with Payback author, Ms. Rosemary Hayes, via Skype. The students
had to consider the 6 hour time difference when setting up a meeting time.
The technology used to accomplish the task was fairly standard and simple to set up. Zindler installed Skype on her school desktop computer. Using the document camera that Zindler uses for other classroom instruction as her web cam, and using a fairly inexpensive set of computer speakers and microphone that was available from the Central library, the stage was set for the event.
The real work, though, was done by the students. They were responsible for reading Hayes' book, discussing the work through the structure of a literature circle, and then preparing questions and comments for the author in advance of the actual Skype call. All were critical elements in preparing for the actual meeting with the author.
And how did the kids feel about the opportunity to interact with an author? Here is the collective reflection from Zindler's students: Wendy F., Jesica C., Kelsey N. and Brianna O.