Interviewing Jim Stovall

Did you know that Jim Stovall “reads” books at 800 words a minute through his audio player? He reads books from the National Library Service for the Blind.
Today we are interviewing blind author Jim Stovall. Our local class participating is from New Buffalo Middle School. In addition, due to Polycom‘s sponsorship, we have classes from Utica, MI; Rapid City, SD; Kenosha, WI; Rosenberg, TX; St. Louis, MO; Osakis, MN; Sturgis, SD; and Tulsa, OK.

In preparation for this videoconference, students read the book The Ultimate Gift, and followed the ASK process to prepare quality questions. Classes were also paired for a online writing exercise where students responded to at least two of the gifts and gave feedback to each others’ responses.

Here are some of the questions that the students asked:

  • If you had one day to see, what would you like to see?
  • What is your favorite gift?
  • Did you ever think you’d be in this position 20 years ago and how has it changed you?
  • What do you think was the best thing for you that came out of writing this book?
  • If you could give an ultimate gift to someone following the same 12 month process, who would you give it to?
  • Did any of the experiences in the book happen to you?
  • If you had to had another gift or chapter to the book, what would it be?
  • Before you wrote this, were you watching society and thinking that you would change things in society to make us more courteous to each other, etc.
  • Have you worked with any celebrities who also had physical disabilities? How was the experience for you?
  • Can you tell us a little about the movie?

Jim’s story is so inspiring for students! Taking the talents you have & blessing the world as you can with them. Not giving up and living in a single little room but getting out and meeting people. Using your resources to do good things for others. Good and bad days are defined by our reaction to them, not by circumstances. A great experience for everyone involved! Hope you can join us next year!


About Janine Lim

Janine Lim is an Instructional Technology Consultant at the Berrien Regional Education Service Agency in Berrien Springs, MI. Her main focus is on distance learning via videoconferencing and online learning. She also trains teachers in technology integration in the classroom and maintains the SouthwestNet Distance Learning web site. Janine is a past President of TWICE, a Michigan K12 videoconferencing organization, and maintains the TWICE website. She is also the TWICE Read Around the Planet Verification Coordinator for 2007. She also writes a regular column for the MACUL newsletter and was a member of the MACUL board of directors 2001-2003.
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One Response to Interviewing Jim Stovall

  1. Patty Fisel says:

    I just saw the movie! It came to Noble County via a grant through the Noble County Community Foundation & our local libraries. I read the book –awesome– I saw the movie —10 times more awesome!!!! When the movie is released I will go as many times as it takes me, to get all of the people in my life to see it. This movie is beyond word! Athough I watched it on the 4th anniversary of my husband death, if it don’t touch your heart —you don’t have one!! My life will never be the same. Thank you and God bless you Jim!! patty

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