Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Flattening Those Walls ~ Reach Out Beyond Your Classroom

Those of you who follow this blog know how I feel about using technology to connect your students to the world.  You have so many tools at your fingertips with Skype in the Classroom, Google Hangouts, collaborative documents, Flipgrid...and the list goes on!  What connections are you making this year?  Why not bring in an author to ignite the reading and writing fire in your students?  There are so many authors willing to Skype/Hangout with your students for free, it is crazy not to take advantage of their kindness.

Kim Ventrella is one author I have recently had the pleasure of contacting.  Her new book, Skeleton Tree, will be released on September 26th, 2017, by Scholastic Press.  It is now available for pre-order on Amazon!

You might be wondering why I chose to feature Kim this week.  The answer is her generosity.  I contacted her to Skype with a group of our teachers for this year's upcoming NaNoWriMo on inspiring our students to read and write.  She was willing to take time to Skype with us for free, and she will do the same with your students.  Sadly, we could not make our workshop work in September, but I still wanted you to know about her!  You can find out more on her Scholastic PAGE HERE.

So how are you connecting with the world?  Leave us a comment below.  I get daily requests from teachers in the Connected Classrooms Workshop G+ Community who are looking for partner classes.  If you are interested in connecting with another class, or even think you might want to give it a try,  leave me a comment or send me an email.  I would love to help you flatten those walls!


  1. Hi Sherry, great article! Thank you for featuring me!!!

    1. Absolutely! I hope your release is off the charts!


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