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I am about to do a Q & A with eight middle school girls at Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, FL via Skype. My long time friend Dot Emer (Dot Chastney in Rosie the Riveter: Women Working on the Home Front in World War II) is the middle school librarian at Saint Andrew’s. This is a first for the girls & the school. But we’re all prepared–the technology is OK, the girls read some of my books, reviewed my web site, including examples of Q & A & I “talked” with two of the girls yesterday in a trail run. Ooops, better sign off & turn on my Skype or I won’t be “show up” on time! Update:

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ed on the Saint Andrew’s web site shortly after our fun Skype conversation. Here is an excerpt from the accompanying article: “On May 19, 6th and 7th grade students gathered in the Schmitt Library in the Middle School to skype online with acclaimed author Penny Colman, who was in Englewood, New Jersey. Each student was able to get behind the Web cam to ask Penny for advice on the writing process and about her professional career as an author. . . . Using Skype as an Internet connectivity in the classroom provides opportunities for interactive exchange and collaboration between students and the outside world. These synchronous, real-time discussions using VOIP software like Skype can tangibly expand the walls of the traditional classroom and engage students to write, share, and communicate with an authentic audience inaccessible just a few years ago.” (Picture/article posted at: www.saintandrews.net & click on “Middle School Skypes with Author Penny Colman”/click on this pic for larger image.)

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