Tag Archives: creative writing

Barri Bumgarner Connects

Author Barri Bumgarner prepares for her Crime Scene Analysis creative writing videoconference this afternoon. She connected with a high school in Tennessee. Barri videoconferences live from Cooperating School Districts as part of our New Links distance learning program. To read some feedback from one teacher on Barri’s past programs, click on the comments section of this post.

Spring Videoconferences with Author Patricia McKissack

For over 10 years, acclaimed St. Louis author Patricia McKissack has taught students the writing process over videoconference. In 2010, we’re excited to offer a new take on a favorite program: Creative WritingScience Fiction. This videoconference is open for 4th-12th grade students; if both elementary and high school teachers respond, we’ll most likely add another time to split the groups up. For 2010, Science Fiction will be offered in the spring:

Teacher Session: Thursday, April 15, 2010 @  4 pm CT
Student Session I:  Thursday, April 29, 2010 @ 11 am CT
Student Session II:  Thursday, May 12, 2010 @ 11 am CT

During hands-on & highly interactive sessions, students discuss plot, themes, character development and more. In a series of three videoconferences, Mrs. McKissack customizes for any grade level and any part of the writing process. In the first v/c, the author meets with the teachers to discuss the goals of the author visit and what books they would like her to present. In the second, the author dialogs with students, and in the third v/c she gives feedback on the writing & illustrations they have done.

Cost for the series of 3 v/c is $650 for New Links members; non-members $750. Please register by April 1.

Pat’s newest book, the science fiction story The Clone Codes, (a collaboration with her husband and son), is now available. In The Clone Codes, “The Cyborg Wars are over and Earth has peacefully prospered for more than one hundred years. Yet sometimes history must repeat itself until humanity learns from its mistakes. In the year 2170, despite technological and political advances, cyborgs and clones are treated no better than slaves, and an underground abolitionist movement is fighting for freedom. Thirteen-year-old Leanna’s entire life is thrown into chaos when The World Federation of Nations discovers her mom is part of the radical Liberty Bell Movement.…”

To hear Pat read an excerpt of her first science fiction novel, The Clone Codes, click here.

Dates & Times Set for “Cooking” and “Egg-speriments” with Amy E. Sklansky

Amy E. Sklansky As noted earlier, Amy E. Sklansky, St. Louis author and New Links to New Learning content provider, is offering three different videoconferences for 2009-2010. All the programs will have set dates, but will also be available upon request. The cost for each videoconference is $135 for New Links to New Learning members and $175 for nonmembers.

Here’s the scoop on two of the three interactive programs:

EGG-SPERIMENTS: Sklansky’s book, Where Do Chicks Come From? is part of the well-respected Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science series, explains what happens inside an egg from fertilization through hatching.

“Neither flowery nor clinical, Sklansky’s straightforward presentation hits just the right note for young children, who will find the details of life inside the egg fascinating.”  – Booklist

Using visuals in a highly interactive videoconference session, Amy outlines various stages of writing the book — research, revisions, artist’s sketches, etc. Student questions are encouraged! The 45-minute program for K-2, but can be geared toward an older audience… please limit the number of participating students to no more than 30 children.

For first and second grade classes, Amy will also lead several hands-on eggs-periments while teachers do the same in their own classrooms with their own eggs.

Dates/Times for Egg-speriments with Amy Sklansky:
Wednesday, October 14: 9:30 CT for kindergarten and 10:45 CT for first & second grade.
Thursday January 14: 9:30 CT for kindergarten and 10:45 CT for first & second grade.
+ upon request/on demand

With one of her new videoconferences, COOKING A BOOK, the participants will interact with the author and develop an appreciation for both the creative writing and the publishing process. (To read a full program description, visit the blog post immediately before this one).

Dates/Times for Cooking a Book with Amy Sklansky:
Wednesday, September 30: 9:30 CT for kindergarten & first grade and 10:45 CT for second & third grade.
Tuesday,  January 12: 9:30 CT for kindergarten & first grade and 10:45 CT for second & third grade.
+ upon request/on demand

passing the taste test

Amy Sklansky's cookin'Author Amy E. Sklansky will put on a chef’s hat and coat to “cook” a book for participating students in this new videoconference for students in grades kindergarten through third! Into her large cooking pot go inspiration, rough drafts, revisions, pencil sketches, and more as she explains how an author’s idea becomes a published book. She will use her fifth book, The Duck Who Played the Kazoo, as her primary example, though she will also read from her other books. The participants will interact with the author and develop an appreciation for both the creative writing and the publishing process during this 45 minute program.

We are currently working on dates and times, as soon as we have them set, we’ll share with our readers. We’re looking forward to this addition (as well as another I’ll tell you about a little later) to New Links to New Learning.

iBet You’ll Want to Know about This!

Apple logoMacintosh Classes in Cooperating School Districts’ Virtual Learning Center!

Using GarageBand ’08 in the Classroom on June 1 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Just $69 for a CSD member and only $107 for non-members.

The best way to record music on a Mac is now the best way to record podcasts. GarageBand puts you in the control room of your own full-featured radio station. With GarageBand, you can create your own virtual onstage band and play along on your favorite instrument. You can record, edit, and mix a song exactly as you want it, with CD quality. Come find out about multi-take recording, where you mark a region to repeat, record your part multiple times, and pick your best performance. In addition, find out how to create audio, video and enhanced podcasts with Garageband. Learn all this plus how to incorporate it all into your classroom. Music teachers, you’ll be especially interested in this course!

Using iPhoto ’08 in the Classroom on July 24 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Just $69 for a  CSD member and only $107 non-members.

Don’t be daunted by all those digital photos your students and you have been taking in the classroom, Apple users! In this half-day course, you’ll learn how iPhoto automatically organizes your picture library by Events, based on dates the photo was taken. Once you’ve uploaded your photos, you’ll learn the easy tools available to let you edit images like a pro. After you’ve added to your photo library, you’ll be able to search for your pictures in one place: filtered by name, date, rating, or keyword. Why not share photos with parents and staff by email or create amazing web pages, cards, calendars, and books? What a great way to incorporate technology into your creative writing lessons! With a few easy clicks of the mouse, you can create a quality, hardbound book to add to your school’s library, written, illustrated, and published by your students! In addition, you’ll learn how to print high-quality, frame-worthy photos with colored textures, borders and mattes on your printer. This is a Mac class not to be missed!

Sign up today at: www.csd.org/tele.