Meet Mystery Skype, An Educational Activity Played By Two Classrooms On Skype

Mystery Skype is an educational game, invented by teachers, played by two classrooms on Skype. The aim of the game is to guess the location of the other classroom by asking each other questions. It’s suitable for all age groups and can be used to teach subjects like geography, history, languages, mathematics and science.

How to use Mystery Skype?

1. Find a class: Join the list and message or tweet teachers you’d like to connect with. Our community is full of teachers who want to arrange Mystery Skype lessons with other classes.

2. Arrange a time: When you’ve found a class you’d like to Mystery Skype with, agree on a date and time for your lesson. Make sure you add each other as Skype contacts before your call too.

3. Share your story: We love to see your Mystery Skype stories, photos and videos. Share them on Twitter by mentioning @SkypeClassroom and using the #MysterySkype hashtag.

More on it,

Mystery Skype is most definitely a game-like learning activity, and a fun one at that.  However, it is inarguably a genuine learning opportunity -developed by teachers who adapt the process according to age group, subject taught, and level of expertise. We’ve even introduced ‘Fantasy Skype’ to our classroom. If we’ve completed and enjoyed a Mystery Skype lesson with a particular class and want to interact with them again, we simply both choose a fantasy location and recreate the game that way.

Just this time last year I was a Mystery Skype novice. In the beginning, we encountered a few learning challenges and I worried that my students’ critical thinking skills were woefully undeveloped.  We persevered successfully, and I will start this year with a good amount of Mystery Skype experience and 100 sessions under my teaching belt.  As teachers, we return to the classroom with ideas, hopes and dreams for the new school year. We all make plans to incorporate more innovative, collaborative activities in our classrooms. Mystery Skype should be at the top of the list!

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