As our school teaches mandarin Chinese, any connection with a school in China is of special interest. The assistant principal of an Bozhouu International School in China found me on the Skype in the Classroom website.
As we had already completed a mystery skype connection, Richard suggested that we do a mystery animal game this time, using skype as the videoconferencing tool. He had prepared a wonderful sheet to share with the students bearing images of African animals complete with the names in both English and Chinese.
Following is how it looked:-
- Each class had previously chosen an animal from the sheet.
- My students had printed off their names on an A4 sheet for clearer understanding.
- Boxhou rang us on skype. There were technical difficulties on their end but all was resolved within 10 mins.
- Students played paper rock scissors over the camera to see who was to start first. Hawkesdale, Australia won.
- Students had to ask questions only with a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer. eg Is your animal grey? Is your animal a carnivore?, does it have a long nose or trunk? etc.
- They took it in turns to ask questions and each student would introduce themselves one at a time.
There was much laughter in the classroom on both sides as we tried to understand each other’s accents, names etc. It took approximately 20 mins for each side to actually determine the other’s animals. All the Chinese students stayed in over their recess period to complete the a second mystery animal.
Student reflections on their individual blogs:-
- Guess the animal linkup from Emerson
- Linkup with China – Guess the Animal – Milla
- From Jack
- Skype linkup with China – Jess
- Linkup with China – Megan
- Mystery Animal Skype – Hamish