Mystery Skype in the classroom


Learning geography and dialects and languages

How about using Mystery Skype to learn geography? I have been talking at 6 different venues the past  5 weeks and each time I have recommended using Mystery Skype. These were talks for primary and middle school and I think Mystery Skype would work well there. I found some good advice on how to get started from Microsoft’s Mystery skype site

Mystery Skype

The aim of the game is to guess the location of the other classroom by asking each other questions. Not only does it engage students, but it excites teachers to teach a topic that has long been a short sharp look through an atlas and a glossed over part of the curriculum. It is also an excellent way to integrate technology into your classroom programme and Google Maps is the perfect tool for the job!

Go to education.skype.com/mysteryskype and sign in with your Skype name, Facebook or Twitter.  Sign in and get started. You can also download the Mystery Skype Curriculum OneNote where you will find everything you need. It even has a time zone converter if you are connecting with another country. And if you know teachers who live in different parts of the country, why not start there first.

Mystery Skype is a wonderful tool to teach your students 21st-century skills such as:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Geography
  • Teamwork
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Deductive reasoning
  • Digital Literacy

 

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