Skype in the Classroom and LitWorld are celebrating literacy throughout the month of February. We invite you and your classroom to join in! Last year, through the magic of Skype, students were inspired to read more, write their own stories, and dream big to become authors. See how your students can be inspired this February in honor of World Read Aloud Day!
How your classroom can get involved
Talk with an Author. To share their passion for reading and writing, authors worldwide are volunteering their time to talk to students via Skype. Your classroom can ask for an alternate ending for their favorite book or learn how to get past writer's block from a professional.
Take a literacy themed virtual field trip. Whether it's flexing their creativity with the Night Zookeeper or learning about sea turtles firsthand and having a turtle-themed read aloud with the North Carolina Aquarium, taking a hands-on virtual field trip is sure to inspire your students to read more to learn more.
Connect with another classroom. Spice up your Mystery Skype by sharing your students' favorite story with another classroom from around the world.
Browse our literacy themed lessons. Let your students learn how to write spectacular sentences from an author, how to write science non-fiction from A Day in the Deep author Kevin Kurtz, or get inspired by a story time singalong with Emily Arrow.
Check out some of last year's magic:
Don't take our word for it! Listen to what last year's teachers and authors had to say:
"I took part in World Read Aloud Day via Skype in the Classroom in 2015 to tell stories to students from the magical Night Zoo. All schools taking part were very welcoming and inquisitive. The children asked lots of questions about the stories and were very engaged. Thanks to Skype for helping to spread a love of storytelling on a global scale!"
-Paul Hutson, Education Director, Nightzookeeper.com
"We absolutely love connecting with teachers and students via Skype in the classroom. The students have had a profound effect on how we write our books. The kids' ideas really get us thinking about how to write our books and we often incorporate their ideas into our writing. Plus, we really appreciate their enthusiasm and questions."
-Lisa and Michael Cohn, authors
"My experience last year was a blast. I was able to connect to classes all over the United States and even had one visit to China. The kids were excited and engaged. For my visits, I directed kids to do a mini activity where they found the circumference of various circles in their classrooms. My favorite part, though, was when kids came to the microphone and asked me questions. And my favorite question was the following: How much ink does it take to make a picture book? This one was a stumper and I had to go back to my publisher to ask. But, I did find out that it takes approximately 3 ounces of ink to create one of my books. Phew!"
-Ann McCallum, author
"We have had amazing success bringing authors and experts into our classrooms as a way to inspire our elementary students to be better readers and writers. When a student has a chance to hear an author like LeVar Burton read a story, and then has the opportunity to ask about character development, motivation, and other aspects of the writing process, she can't help but be empowered to author her own stories and to explore new books. Emotional learning experiences create life-long learners, and Skype has been a great tool to create those experiences for our students."
-Michael Soskil, 3-5th grade science teacher
"Thank you LitWorld for inspiring all of us to connect through literacy with others around the world. And thank you Skype in the Classroom for bringing together hundreds of incredible people to inspire and engage our young people, and for more incredible Skype connections in the future."
-Shannon McClintock Miller, teacher, author, and librarian
"One of the best things a writer can do is be a reader, something I have done all my life. It was an honor to speak to young readers about writing and demonstrate how both go together. It was very easy setting up times with teachers in their classrooms and finding out what the teacher wanted his or her students to learn. For ease of interacting with the kids, I asked that students prepare questions in advance. As I write historical fiction, students asked about research and how to tell their own stories."
-Janet Oakley, author