Mystery Skype

Mystery, intrigue, and…geography?   Why not?

Mystery Skype is a game played via Skype (or any other videoconferencing tool) with a partner class from anywhere in the world.  Students use clues offered by the partner class to to guess each other’s location.  On the surface it is an activity that can help students grow their geography skills, but it can offer students so much more.IMG_20130921_163103

How it works

The teacher pre-schedules with another teacher a day and time to begin the Mystery Skype session.  You can find participating teachers by signing up with the Mystery Skype Community sponsored by Skype in Education.

Work with your class ahead of time to come up with some good general questions to ask your partner class.  You can also come up with good general clues to give out to your partner class about your own location.

During the Skype call, allow students to take turns asking questions, collecting clues, researching possible locations, and providing clues to the partner class.

Classroom Benefits

Aside from the obvious fun factor, Mystery Skype can help build many essential skills for our students.  Some of those include:

  • Critical thinking
  • Drawing conclusions
  • Hypothesizing based on evidence given
  • Teamwork
  • Listening and speaking
  • Digital citizenship
  • Global communication
  • Geography & map reading

Resources

For more information check out the following links:

Skype in the Classroom-How it Works

How to Set Up and Run a Mystery Skype

Blogging Through the Fourth Dimension

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