Take a moment to visit Patricia McKissack‘s podcast of The Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural. Recorded live from Cooperating School Districts’ Virtual Learning Center in the summer of 2009, Pat gives listeners a taste of this Coretta Scott King Award-winning book.

In October, Pat will conduct a 1 hour videoconference on The Dark Thirty. Click here to learn more.

Other stories she’s read for podcasts are Clone Codes, Goin’ Someplace Special, and Tippy Lemmey.

In August, New Links to New Learning was featured in THE Journal– “Videoconferencing Connects Missouri Students with Peers Around The Globe.” Denise Harrison interviewed Cooperating School Districts‘ Ruth Litman-Block, Martha Bogart, Nancy George and Rebecca Morrison about their experiences with videoconferencing in K-12 education for the piece. Included in the discussion are author Patricia McKissack’s videoconferences. To read the full article on New Links to New Learning in THE Journal, click here.

Here’s the list of programs, dates, and times (all times Central) for author Patricia McKissack‘s scheduled videoconferences through Cooperating School Districts for 2010-2011:

Three-part Series:
Winter Holidays VC
and Sci Fi VC
4 p.m. on  11/10                     4 p.m. on 4/13
11 a.m. on 11/17                     11 a.m. on 4/27
11 a.m. on 12/8                      11 a.m. on 5/11

Story Hours
The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural VC: Oct 28 at 10 a.m.
Stitchin’ and Pullin’: A Gee’s Bend Quilt VC: Nov 17, at 1 p.m.
The All-I’ll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll VC: Dec 15, at 10 a.m.

In addition to her scheduled three part writing series and story hour sessions, Pat will be offering “talk shop” videoconferences on historical fiction and science fiction. These one hour programs are for middle school and high school students, and will be available upon request.

BONUS! Pat is also working with a special new videoconferencing partner for a new program offering- details on that will come soon!