Why not connect to an author or another school via Skype?
Cost is an advantage – no travel expenses
Skype is free to download – all you need is a computer with a microphone and a videocamera
Skype will make it more economical for much smaller tutorials for students – consider this for AL English for example, contacting an author or a lecturer at a University or FE college for a Masterclass
Signing up for an account is free. If you want an educators account which allows you to have up to 100 pupils on your account without them having to submit their own names and email addresses, simply apply for one
Then upload your powerpoint, podcasts or videocasts and invite people to comment
We are currently participating in a Voicethread poetry collaboration with other schools around the UK