School Library Journal recently did a story called "An Author in Every Classrooom: Kids connecting with authors via Skype. It's the next best thing to being there." Kate Messner did a fantastic wrap-up of the trend more and more educators are taking advantage of as their schools become more comfortable with technology.
I've personally done two Skype visits (read about them HERE and HERE) and really enjoyed them. No, you don't get the hugs. But you do get to connect with students you wouldn't be able to otherwise because of either budget constraints or pure geography.
Virtual Visits are becoming more popular, and they're really not that hard to do. Read about my first virtual visit for tips. Or go to: