Mystery Skype is a great way to connect with others. It covers many ‘C’s for learning -connecting, communication, conversations, collaboration and possibly creation. It is problem based – “we dont know where this other class or guest speaker is from” and covers many other elements of engaged learning. However, it is important to ensure that the ‘mystery’ remains for as long as possible to encourage students to push their thinking and learning. Here are some tips to ensure this:-
- Hide the town/country from your skype ID profile.
- Check backgroundspaces surrounding the students or class eg posters that might state or identify where you are from and remove or cover them.
- As students come up to the webcamera, make sure any school logo on their uniform is covered. (They can simply cover this with their hands.)
- Accents and appearances cannot be disguised but do provide possible tips and hints as to where they are from should it take too long for them to work it out and they may then become restless.
What tips do you have? This mystery idea can be used with other tools as well and made into a mystery location.