If you haven’t heard about it already, Skype is free, downloadable software that lets you make video calls on the Internet at no cost. Skyping is pretty simple, you just need a computer with Internet access and a web cam with a mic. Many authors enjoy using Skype to interact with their readers, and some will participate in short Skype sessions (ranging from 10-20 minutes) with libraries and schools for free. We were curious about the whole Skype thing and thought it would be cool to arrange a virtual author visit. So, we contacted Miami-based teen fiction writer Crissa-Jean Chappell (author of Total Constant Order) and invited her to Skype with a group of about 15 teens at the library.
50 Awesome Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom: http://www.teachingdegree.org/2009/06/30/50-awesome-ways-to-use-skype-in-the-classroom/
-by Lisa, Teen Services Assistant at the Headquarters branch