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Mystery - Who is calling us?


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. This is a modern day version of twenty questions, the only answers given are yes or no.

It's suitable for all age groups and can be used to teach subjects like geography, history, languages, mathematics and science.

Not sure how this will really work with kids in your classroom?  Read this short post from a teacher explaining the process.  She lists the types of questions you need to prepare and the jobs you need to assign before the Skype session. What is a Mystery Skype blog post is another must read before you start.

Would this engage your students?  Take a few minutes and watch the above video.  Could your students guess the location after twenty questions? 

Note: You can use Skype or Google Hangouts to contact other classes. Finding them is wicked easy on twitter. Use the hashtag #mystergho or  #mysterskype to reach out to a global audience. 

Once the game is over have a few things to teach the other class. What would someone who has never been to St. Louis want to know about? 



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