Monday, November 4, 2013

#MysterySkype: Connecting the Classroom Globally!

Most people have used Skype with friends or loved ones. However, have you ever Skyped with a mystery person? How about a Mystery Class?

#MysterySkype is an educational game created by teachers that can teach numerous subject areas from mathematics to history! Challenge your students to work together as detectives, gather clues from another class, and solve a mystery. Can you say real-life problem solving at it's best?!?!?

Check out this adorable video showcasing how a 5th grade class uses Skype with geography. They happen to be #MysterySkype pros, having completed 30 different mysteries in less than six months.

So how do you get started?
STEP 1 - Find a class
STEP 2 - Arrange a Time
STEP 3 - Share Your Story

There are a ton of ways that you can 'play' a mystery skype and it will vary from classroom to classroom based on the needs of your curriculum. Here are a few ideas from the Skype in the Classroom website on what you could try:

  • Twenty Questions: Students in each class prepare a set of 20 questions and 5-10 clues for the other class before their call. The classes try to guess each other’s location by answering the questions and using additional clues for a little extra help. This can work well for your first Mystery Skype lesson and is a good way to improve your students’ knowledge of where they live. 
  • Yes or No Answers: Classes are only allowed to ask each other questions which will get a yes or no answer. The number of questions may be limited to 20 if you want an additional challenge. These lessons can be more spontaneous and require students to think on their feet as the questions aren't prepared in advance.
  • Mystery Skype Jobs: Some teachers have found that when students have specific responsibilities during a Mystery Skype lesson they work better as a team and the whole class becomes more engaged.
    These roles can include greeters, question keepers, Bing mappers, runners, bloggers, photographers, live tweeters, reporters, and anything else that works for your class. If you need some more ideas, teacher Pernille Ripp has put together a fantastic list on her blog of the jobs that her class has developed.

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