Nothing tops live author visit workshops and assemblies for building enthusiasm for literacy. For some schools, however, limited budgets or the school's remote location keep live visits out of reach. That's where virtual author visits come into the picture. With a bit of internet technology, students can benefit from many of the same experiences awarded by live author visits.
"My second graders completely enjoyed Skyping with Eric! He had them engaged from the moment we made contact, mixing his poetry with some songs and movement, as well as discussing his journey as a writer. It was very grade appropriate, connected beautifully to CCSS, and was a perfect culmination to our poetry studies this year. Eric's poetry is playful and engaging and so is he! I look forward to having another virtual visit with him next year and recommend you invite him to join your students, too!" - Heather Akiyoshi, Library Information Specialist, Pritchett Elemen. School, Buffalo Grove, IL
Why schedule a "virtual visit"?
Sessions are live, interactive, and fun!
They are easy to schedule.
They are less expensive than live visits.
Students find virtual visits entertaining, engaging, and just a little mysterious!
There's a good chance your school already has everything you need to make a virtual author visit happen.
What do you need?
broadband internet connection
a large computer monitor or a projector and screen and audio speakers (so you can see and hear me).
a webcam and microphone (so that I can see and hear you)! Most webcams have a microphone built into them.
a video calling application. I prefer Skype which is FREE and available here.
"Our sixth grade reading class had their first ever Skype session with Eric that couldn't have gone better. Eric not only entertained our students and made them very comfortable, but he gave complete responses to our questions. As a teacher, I would highly recommend having a Skype session with Eric for any elementary or middle school reading/literature class." - David Bliss, Principal, Zion Lutheran School - Pierce, NE
"To have a real author HERE with us.. and with the students responding as you read, Eric... so joyful!" - Mary Kay Sommers, Principal, Shepardson Elem. School - Fort Collins, Colorado
Your classroom can earn a freeSkype author visit.
Here's how: 1) Print this book/CD order form and send it home with your students. 2) With the purchase of any 20 or more books and/or CDs, your class earns a free 40 minute virtual classroom visit with Eric Ode. 3) Eric will sign and ship the books/CDs to your school. We cover the cost of shipping. 4) After you receive your order, schedule your free Skype visit.
Questions? Reach Eric through email, or call (253) 826-2115
If your Skype author visit is a paid visit (see rates below), you'll receive a FREE book and CD: After your Virtual Author Visit has been scheduled, I will mail to you a copy of my book When You're a Pirate Dog and Other Pirate Poems along with a copy of my music CD I Love My Shoes. ($28.00 worth of goodies!) Please make sure your students have been exposed to these materials before our Virtual Visit.
RATES - 2015/2016 SCHOOL YEAR Virtual Author Visit (45 minute session): $120.00 Additional sessions (same day): $70.00 each (max. 4 sessions total) See the top of this page for information on earning a FREE Skype author visit.
Virtual Residency: As an opportunity to build on consecutive sessions, schedule your group for four visits on four different days. $420.00 (Only $300 if added to an earned free visit.)
Deep Rooted Music, LLC P.O. Box 1324, Sumner, WA 98390 (253) 826-2115