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Mystery Skype Kit

$3.00

Embark on a global learning journey with Mystery Skype! This engaging activity is designed to connect classrooms worldwide, fostering cultural understanding and digital citizenship. Perfect for enhancing global awareness and communication skills in a fun, interactive way.
 
Mystery Skype is an educational game where students use Skype (or other video conferencing tools) to connect with another classroom somewhere else in the world. The goal is for each class to guess the location of the other by asking questions. There are two versions – one for a global Mystery Skype and one specific to the United States. Pick the question set that best matches the location of your Mystery Skype.

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Embark on a global learning journey with Mystery Skype! This engaging activity is designed to connect classrooms worldwide, fostering cultural understanding and digital citizenship. Perfect for enhancing global awareness and communication skills in a fun, interactive way.
 
Mystery Skype is an educational game where students use Skype (or other video conferencing tools) to connect with another classroom somewhere else in the world. The goal is for each class to guess the location of the other by asking questions. There are two versions – one for a global Mystery Skype and one specific to the United States. Pick the question set that best matches the location of your Mystery Skype.
 
What is Included:
  • Comprehensive Teacher Guide: Detailed instructions for setting up and conducting a successful Mystery Skype session.
  • Student Recording Sheets: Customizable sheets for students to record their guesses and observations.
  • Question Sets: Curated question sets for both global and US-specific Mystery Skype sessions.
  • Technical Setup Checklist: A step-by-step guide to ensure your equipment and software are ready for the session.
  • Reflection and Debriefing Guide: Tools to help students process and share their learning experiences.
  • Bonus Tips for a Smooth Experience: Additional advice on choosing locations, adjusting camera angles, and ensuring good lighting.
 
Standards Addressed:
This activity aligns with the 2016 ISTE Standards for Students, particularly focusing on:
  • Empowered Learner
  • Digital Citizen
  • Knowledge Constructor
  • Global Collaborator
 
How This Activity Will Help Teachers:
  • Fosters Global Awareness: Helps students learn about diverse cultures and locations, broadening their global perspective.
  • Enhances Communication Skills: Encourages students to develop their questioning, listening, and speaking skills in a real-world context.
  • Promotes Digital Citizenship: Teaches students to interact responsibly and respectfully in a digital environment.
  • Encourages Critical Thinking: Challenges students to use clues and reasoning to solve the mystery of the other class’s location.
  • Easy to Implement: With the comprehensive guide and checklists, teachers can easily set up and conduct the activity.
  • Engaging and Interactive: Provides a fun and interactive way for students to learn, keeping them engaged and motivated.
  • Adaptable to Various Age Groups: The resource can be tailored to suit different age groups and learning levels.
 
Teacher Tips for a Seamless Experience:
  • Test Equipment in Advance: To ensure a smooth session, check your microphone, speakers, webcam, and internet connection.
  • Choose a Quiet Location: Minimize distractions by selecting a calm environment.
  • Adjust Camera Angle: Make sure the camera captures both the students and their surroundings effectively.
  • Familiarize with Video Conferencing Tools: Ensure both teacher and students are comfortable using the chosen platform (Skype, Zoom, etc.).
  • Have Backup Devices Ready: Prepare for any technical glitches with additional devices.
  • Charge Devices: Keep devices fully charged or plugged in to prevent interruptions.
  • Check Lighting: Good lighting is essential for clear visibility of all participants.
 
Mystery Skype is not just a resource; it’s a doorway to a world of learning, connecting, and growing for both students and teachers. Get ready to take your classroom on a global adventure!

Product Terms:
Copyright © Brittany Washburn. Purchasing this file entitles you to ONE classroom use. You may use this with multiple classes but may not share with any other teachers. Copying for more than one teacher, classroom, department, school, or school system is prohibited. This product may not be distributed or displayed digitally for public view. Failure to comply is a copyright infringement and a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Clipart and elements found in this PDF are copyrighted and cannot be extracted and used outside of this file without permission or license. If multiple licenses are needed for use my more than one teacher or in more than one computer lab, additional licenses should be purchased. 
 
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