Sunday, January 23, 2011

Oh the Woes of Technology

Last school year, I utilized the skype technology a number of times. Bookmarked, the library book group, talked to two other book groups several times and an author once. My sister who is a graphic designer living in Atlanta helped the seniors via skype with their PowerPoint presentations for Senior Project. This school year, I just have not scheduled any skype sessions. I would talk about it, but I just didn't get any  sessions on the calendar until this past Friday.

To refresh your memory: Bookmarked is participating in YALSA's YA Teen Galley Program. So the Patrick Taylor book group is one of sixteen groups in the country receiving advanced reader's copies from the publishers and reviewing these titles for the publishers and the Teen's Top Ten sponsored by YALSA. I thought it would be fun for my teens to talk to kids in one of these other book groups because the kids are reading all of the same books. Kathy Corbiere of Lake Norman Charter in Huntersville, NC was all excited about the prospect of getting our groups together to talk. She and I planned a test skype on Monday, the 17th. We had a great time visiting--she seems like a librarian cut from the same cloth as me. Anyway, the technology worked just fine on Monday. Then on Friday afternoon when the students were suppose to get together, Kathy could not log onto her laptop. It was the only computer with the skype software. Her IT person had left for the day. Oh well, we are going to schedule another time, but with her school in the Eastern time zone, it makes it a bit difficult to schedule.

I am excited about an upcoming author skype that I have set up for a 7th grade English class. The students are going to have an opportunity to talk to Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown who wrote Picture the Dead. It is a ghost story set in during the Civil War. The book has had great reviews. Can't wait to read the book.

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