This is an alternative theme to the popular ‘mystery skype’ game. Year 8 students connected with a career person made possible through Skype in the Classroom. Students had to determine what their career was through a series of questions that could only have a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer. As this was quite a challenging task, students prepared questions prior to the connection so that they had a foundation to work with.
They knew that they were connecting to one of the TED speakers at the TED conference in Vancouver but that was all.
Following are some of the prepared questions:
- Do you work in a team?
- Does your job involve a lot of mathematics?
- Does your job involve a lot of IT?
- Does your job involve a lot of science?
- Do you wear a uniform at work?
- Does your job involve international travel?
- Did you attend university to qualify for your present job?
- Will we find you and your job on face book?
- Does your job involve travel within your country?
- Do you earn more than $150,000 per year?
- Will we find out about your achievements on social media?
- If you are part of a team, does your team consist of more than 50 people?
- Is your working day longer than 8 hours per day?
- Do you drive to work?
- Do you catch public transport to work?
- Do you complete most of your work using a computer or some other electronic devise?
- Are there more females than males involved in your job classification?
- Do you plan to be in your same career in 5 years time?
- Have you ever appeared on TV as part of your job?
- Did your current job exist 15 years ago?
Students took it in turns to ask either the prepared or their own impromptu questions. To my surprise one of the girls eventually asked whether our speaker was a CEO and the response was ‘yes’. Our mystery guest was Alisa Miller, CEO of Public Radio International. Alisa then proceeded to speak to the students about the journey she has taken to get to this prominent role, encouraging them to aspire to and reach their full potential.
Feedback from the students:
Sophie: I was very lucky to participate in the TED Conference. I found it very inspiring to listen to Alisa Miller I learnt that “anything is possible” and you have to work hard to get the career you want. She told us a few things about herself such as she is the CEO of an American Radio Company even though she wanted to be the speaker for a radio station.
Terri: We had to guess her career. We guessed until someone asked if she was in radio. When she answered yes I remembered that CEOs work in radio, it turned out that she was the first female CEO.
Kyra: I learnt that Alisa miller is the CEO of a American radio company and I learnt that if you put your mind to it might happen but in a different way and I also learnt that the technology doesn’t always work when you want it to.
Kailyn:I was a part of the skype call with Ted Talks. It was really interesting and I learnt that Alisa Miller is the CEO for the American public radio. I really enjoyed listening to the story of how she went to university to learn how to be the speaker on radio but instead ended up being a CEO, which in my opinion is much better than being a speaker. I really enjoyed talking to Alisa and hope we can do more skype calls like it in the future.
Amazing! Students who are isolated geographically and culturally were able to connect and have conversations with a leading international female CEO whose work impacts on the world. Thanks to Skype in the Classroom.