An Introduction to Mystery Skype

Students try to figure out where our Skype friends are in the USA.

Students try to figure out where our Skype friends are in the USA.

 

 

Our third grade students recently had the opportunity to Mystery Skype with another class in another state.  They had never participated in a Mystery Skype before and I wanted to provide them with a fun educational experience.  Typically, Mystery Skype participants have their own maps and atlases to use to work together to narrow down the options of which state we think our friends are in based on the responses to the questions that have been asked.  Before our Mystery Skype we talked about good possibilities for questions and where our state is located.  This initial preparation seemed to be helpful as we started the questioning part of our Skype.  Each class took turns asking questions about the other’s location.  Because this was the first Mystery Skype for these students, we had a map of the USA (on the web) projected to our screen, where I would point out states that were eliminated based on the answers to our questions.  For example, if my students asked if their state was in the Southwest, and the answer was, “No,” then I would point with the mouse and show the students where our friends were not located (not saying state names, but showing the general area).  As a first Mystery Skype, I think this was helpful for the students.  The next time that we have a Mystery Skype, the students will work more collaboratively, but more independently of teacher assistance in asking questions and eliminating possible states.  We look forward to our next Mystery Skype experience!IMG_2540

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