My students absolutely LOVE TO MYSTERY SKYPE!!!
This is an activity that I learned about at the TETA conference in Murfreesboro, TN several years ago. Ironically enough, the person I learned it from (Dr. Katrina Keene) is actually the mother to one of my students. Go check her out here, she is really amazing!
In a nutshell, students will ask Yes/No questions to try and find the mystery location of the other school. You can read more details about Mystery Skype here.
To be successful at Mystery Skype, I have found that it is VERY important for each student to have their own assigned role. If you opt not to assign roles, this will more than likely result in the majority of students not really being engaged. I like to make sure each of my students are participating, and assigning student roles helps me to formatively assess participation levels. Each student having their own assigned role makes them feel important, involved, and excited. I absolutely love when students are learning, especially when they are actually EXCITED about learning!
To assign student roles, I have found it very helpful to have name tags (talk about upping the importance of their "roles"). You can get your own FREE and EDITABLE copy of my name tags here. I formatted these name tags to fit name tag holders that I found on Amazon. You can get the same lanyards and name tag holders that I use for incredibly cheap on Amazon here. I opted to get 10 horizontal name tag holders (with lanyards included) for about $10 bucks.
If you have questions about Mystery Skype, or if you want to Skype with my class, please contact me!
You can also connect with me on my Microsoft Skype page here.
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Hayley Wood is a middle school computer technology teacher specializing in innovative activities and Google Apps for Education.