My 5th grade class was very anxious to Skype with a classroom somewhere in the world. This was the first mystery Skype for many of the kids, so they were really excited!
This was also my first mystery Skype as a teacher, so I was eager to try it out.
I used Microsoft in Education
to set up my account and connect with another classroom.
After a few unsuccessful connections, I was able to connect with a teacher in the United States. We tested the cameras and connection and was ready to roll the next morning!
My class was eager to get started that morning. They nervously sat in their seats until the other class appeared on the screen in front of them. We had a student from each class play rock, paper, scissors to see which class would start asking the questions. We used 20 questions as the format and the kids loved it! They took turns by asking yes/no questions and used a U.S. map to guide their questions.
We successfully determined their class was from southern Texas near the border of Mexico. We ended the Skype by asking appropriate questions about their school, weather, and sport teams.
My class looks forward to the next mystery Skype!