The idea of Mystery Skype is simple: classrooms Skype call each other and try to guess where the other classroom is located either in the United States or in the world. On the day of the call, students use their resources in trying to figure where the other class is calling from via Skype.
Pernille Ripp, a teacher in the United States, recently blogged the following checklist that she put together for future Skype in the Classroom sessions. You can read the full post and more on her blog: http://pernillesripp.com/2011/10/25/so-you-want-to-do-mystery-skype/.
Pernille Ripp's Mystery Skype Checklist
Before the call:
During the Call: During the call you just have to step back and trust the kids. My students were incredible, both with their enthusiasm and their knowledge, I think I was more nervous than they were. I did have to fact check some of their answers so I did stay close by but otherwise it ran pretty smoothly. We decided which class would go first with their first question and then there were two options:
Students were allowed to guess whenever they thought they had a great answer (and it was their turn). In the end, both classes were able to guess each other’s location. One note; Don’t allow kids to use the Internet to try to google the other class – it spoils the geographical purpose of the challenge.
A list of questions as created by my students to help you start.