Skype, Annick Press Connect Students with Authors


VoIP chat provider Skype Technologies and book publisher Annick Press are jointly presenting LIVEbrary, a series of online classroom programs that will connect middle and junior high schoolers and their teachers with various authors over a five-week program starting Oct. 15.

The program, funded in part by the Canada Council for the arts, leverages Annick's connection with children's literature authors and a secure chat connection from Skype. Annick Press will provide the tech support for participating schools and libraries.

Each week, LIVEbrary will circulate a lesson plan with reading materials, an assignment, a quiz, and discussion questions. Then a noted author will meet with students for a one-hour Skype chat.

The fall program includes:

  • For Oct. 15 through 20, Mark Shulman, author of Attack of the Killer Video Book: Tips and Tricks for Young Directors, will instruct students on DIY video.
  • For Oct. 22 through 29, Shari Graydon, media literacy activist and author of In Your Face: The Culture of Beauty and You, will discuss Western cultural fascination/fixation with beauty.
  • For Oct. 29 through Nov. 2, Hal Niedzviecki, editor of Broken Pencil and author of The Big Book of Pop Culture: A How-To Guide for Young Artists, will teach students about how to make their own 'zines.
  • For Nov. 5 through 9, Shari Graydon, who wrote Made You Look: How Advertising Works and Why You Should Know, will discuss the "tricks" and tactics of advertising.
  • For Nov. 12 through 16, Claire Carmichael, who wrote Leaving Simplicity, a novel about a school where advertising runs rampant, will continue the discussion of how students interact with advertising.

Teachers and librarians must register for the course in advance. To do so, they can visit the LIVEbrary website or contact [email protected].

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David Kopf is a freelance technology writer and marketing consultant, and can be reached at [email protected].