D.C. Everest Middle School Takes Advantage Of Skype To Teach Students

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D.C. Everest Middle School 7th graders are getting familiar with Skype.

Last year librarian Beth Martin had a great idea.

To use Skype to connect students and authors of books they're reading in 7th grade Language Arts.

"We feel really honored that we're able to talk to her life after we read the book," says Beth Martin, the school librarian.

Skype is an Internet service that allows users to call others around the world.

A video caption allows users to see each other face to face.

Many schools can't afford to fly in guest speakers for the benefit of students but with Skype, guests are virtually brought into the classroom, and it's free.

"It's a free download, for schools for educational purposes, how wonderful. There's no way we could afford to bring an author here," says Martin.

Fran Cannon Slayton, author of "When The Whistle Blows," was today's writer of choice.

Cannon Slayton's book could be in the running for the Prestigious Newberry Medal.

"I loved it. It is definitely one of my favorite books. I was surprised that was her first book," says Zachary Bluestein a 7th grader.

Students, including Zachary, were given the opportunity to ask the author anything they wanted, including how she was inspired.

Fran Cannon Slayton said via Skype, "My dad always used to tell me these great stories about growing up in West Virginia in the 1940s."

"Seeing books are created by real people helps kids know it's something they can do someday," says Martin.

D.C. Everest Middle School has four more authors scheduled to Skype with.