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Mystery Skype -ISTE session with MIE

Please note that these are rough notes taken during the ISTE15 conference

Wendy Norman started the morning introducing Mystery Skype

The amazing capacity of Skype and videoconferencing (in the words of students)

  • gives emotional attachment to connections and learning.
  • Ultimate field trip – can travel to the other side of the world
  • Live learning – not textbook
  • Allows access to different viewpoints’
  • Get all kids especially girls in school
  • Social learning
  • Learning through conversations
  • Can do something about bettering the world
  • Making a difference in the world
  • Make for better global citizens

Mark Wood

mark wood

Mystery skype to find out where Mark Wood is going on his next expedition

Questions asked

  • In the northern hemisphere? -no
  • Is the ecosytem tundra – yes
  • Is there ocean on any part of the country – yes
  • Does the name of the country have 2 syllabus – no but are we really talking about country
  • Will you be visiting one of the US? – no
  • Will you need cold weather gear? – yes
  • Does the country belong to no-one? – second part of that is right but the first part of country?
  • Do you need a boat – no, but we might need a boatd
  • Are you going to where Santa lives? Santa lives in Lapland, so no, not going to Lapland

Answer – Russia across the Arctic Ocean to the North Pole

What I see and what I smell inspires me and I want to inspire others through technology, students can relate to us. Get students to look at what we are doing – think about our planet in a new way. Re -look at our planet.

http://www.markwoodexplorer.com/ and like it on facebook

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Join skype in education to take learning into the future

Skype Translator

Mystery Skype OneNote Book – full of resources for teachers

Hashtags:  #msftedu, #MIEEpert15, #edtech, #@NCCEchat, #ISTE2015, #edu

Teacherslifeforme: Mike Soskil, Kenya schools update

KEGODE  #Livingstone@ISTE  Twitter or FB

Shannon Miller:  Connect–examples of connecting with authors, Rainbow lo

Livingstone:

LKEGODE  #Livingstone@ISTE  Twitter or FB

Shannon Miller:  Connect–examples of connecting with authors, Rainbow loom

Hashtags:  #msftedu, #MIEEpert15, #edtech, #@NCCEchat, #ISTE2015, #edu

Teacherslifeforme: Mike Soskil, Kenya schools update

The Potential Power of Social Media

One of our school’s exciting connections this year was with Livingstone Kegode in Kenya, Africa. We met and spoke with some of his students as part of our parent information evening session for potential year 7 students in 2016. Michael Soskil from the USA was also visiting him.

Video call snapshot 61

Livingstone is a truly inspirational teacher who has connected his students from the biggest slum in Africa to the world with his laptop. In recognition of his amazing work, he was awarded a Microsoft Innovative Educator but was denied a visa to enter the USA for the conference earlier this year. Further ground work was made this year to ensure as far as humanly possible his visa would be accepted to attend ISTE 2015 – the big Technology Teachers Conference.  He would only know the success of this application today….. and again it was denied! He informed us of this circumstance via our skype group chat.

letting us know

To show the incredible spirit displayed by Livingstone, here is a follow up comment from him.

what doesnt kill hi

He received many messages of disappointment and sympathy from other members of the group. But then, the potential of proactiveness set in. Mike Soskil suggested that:-

Michael

but note that the twitter handle should be @rec54. Several of us tweeted out and almost immediately we got a response tweet back.

Richard Culatta is the head of the US Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology.

Although we can only hope that there is still some hope in getting Livingstone to ISTE, this scenario shows that power of a global community in supporting its own. Let’s hope that the visa can be reversed! If not we will use other means of ensuring Livingstone is part of the conference.

Mystery Career!

Out mystery career guest!

Our “mystery career” guest!

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.

Getting ready with questions, tablets etc

Getting ready with questions, tablets etc

Following are some of the prepared questions:

    1. Do you work in a team?
    2. Does your job involve a lot of mathematics?
    3. Does your job involve a lot of IT?
    4. Does your job involve a lot of science?
    5. Do you wear a uniform at work?
    6. Does your job involve international travel?
    7. Did you attend university to qualify for your present job?
    8. Will we find you and your job on face book?
    9. Does your job involve travel within your country?
    10. Do you earn more than $150,000 per year?
    11. Will we find out about your achievements on social media?
    12. If you are part of a team, does your team consist of more than 50 people?
    13. Is your working day longer than 8 hours per day?
    14. Do you drive to work?
    15. Do you catch public transport to work?
    16. Do you complete most of your work using a computer or some other electronic devise?
    17. Are there more females than males involved in your job classification?
    18. Do you plan to be in your same career in 5 years time?
    19. Have you ever appeared on TV as part of your job?
    20. Did your current job exist 15 years ago?

girls and alisa

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.

Ensuring the ‘Mystery in ‘Mystery Skype

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:-

  1. Hide the town/country from your skype ID profile. hide profile
  2. Check backgroundspaces surrounding the students or class eg posters that might state or identify where you are from and remove or cover them.
  3. 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.)

    Hiding the school name/logo

    Hiding the school name/logo

  4. 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.

When students become the experts and teachers!

Video call snapshot 65

A recent mystery skype linkup, connected year 7 ICT class with a YouthSpark initiative event in  Seattle, on Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest.The  events connect educators and administrators to resources, programs, and tools to support their students in STEM (USA) and a round of mystery skype is often played to share the incredible digital communication skills students have built by playing it.

An email had come through with the following request:

It would be incredible wonderful if you could have a Mystery Skype session with our group our teachers at 6:15 PM in Seattle, Washington on Wednesday, 05/20.

We hope to meet at 11:15 AM your time on Thursday, 05/21. We would be grateful to have your students join the call. The typical way we play Mystery Skype would include a speaker and camera on both sides.  We also have classes take turns asking Yes or No questions. This game would be your Australian students vs. our American teachers (who have never played before).We like to demonstrate the Skype in the Classroom program to educators through playing a round of Mystery Skype with students.

Year 7 ICT students agreed to play Mystery Skype with them. We gathered up some Australiana, set up my laptop, connected it to a monitor and video called in

Video call snapshot 70

As US classes had finished for the day, our school day was just beginning. Participants had to ask questions that required a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer and our students became the experts and teachers!

Comparing money

Comparing money

The highlights

  1. The facilitating leaders in Seattle were experienced players and our students loved their dynamic, animated and enthausiastic approach.
  2. It was an engaging and highly motivating session for all involved.
  3. The Seattle leaders had produced signage eg “Yes”, “No”, “Thinking time”, “Great response” etc which was placed up to the webcam fo
  4. The microphones were left on at all times, so that each side of the world could hear any responses, the general chat and gauge the atsmosphere etc
  5. A quick sharing session of objects that we had on us eg money, school uniform
  6. Sharing of pictures to show what our schools looked like
The school in Puget Soundb

The school in Puget Sound

A wave to say goodbye

A wave to say goodbye

please note that the pics featured were taken within skype.

The Australian Flag flew high above Sparkles Fire House

Australian flag
Australian flag above Sparkles’ Fire House

 The Australian flag flew proudly high above Sparkles’ Clubhouse  but  this Fire House was not in Australia but in  Arkansas, USA. Dayna Hilton  and Molly, one of her Dalmation Fire Dogs visited us  from Arkansas, using skype, to talk about their work in  the Keep Kids Fire Safe™ Foundation‘s “Learning about Fire Safety can be FUN!” program. This program is sponsored by First Alert and State Farm.

dayna

Dayna had worked out the distance between us as 9,402 miles! She talked about fahrenheit temperatures and brushfiresn- quite foreign to our students who are into celsius, kilometres and bushfires! We asked what the distance would be in kilometres and techno savvy Dayna said she would quickly work it out. She inmediately pulled out her iphone and quickly asked Siri who calculated it efficiently We could see and hear Siri’s response immediately.

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With great expertise, Dayna shared images and videos using her iPad up against the web camera for us to see.

sharing pics on ipad with uis

Sharing pics on ipad with us

Dayna was teaching my year 8 ICT class which is a challenging one with a number of highly disengaged students. However, she engaged them fully with her appealing manner,  interacting with the students, asking questions and showing us Molly her beautiful dalmation. Animals are always winners! The background set was just delightful – lots of colour, bright red set giving a real theme around fire. Molly kindly obliged us with some of her tricks at the end of the connection!

Dayna and Molly

Two years ago, Dayna and Tango (another Dalmation fire dog) skyped with us. See the video. Next we would love to connect our CFA (Country Fire Authority) elective students with Dayna to share experiences and what we do in Australia.

Thanks Dayna, Lorraine Leo (who introduced us) and Skype in the Classroom where Dayna offers to connect to anyone around the world.

Behind Closed Doors: Sebastian guest educator from Kerala, India

cropped selfieThis week is Education Week in Victoria, Australia. To celebrate teaching and learning, our school opened its doors today on the theme: “Behind Closed Doors”. Grandparents and parents were invited in to the classrooms between 11:30am and 2:30pm.

Year 7 ICT class demonstrated the power that technology can bring in opening up the doors globally. Sebastian Panakal kindly accepted the invitation to play “Mystery Skype” with the students, then show his wife’s Seena’s wonderful samples of origami and and answer any further questions.

whole class with Sebastian

Students had to think of one question to ask Sebastian, that required only a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer, whilst I solved the many problems I was facing with my laptop. Sebastian waited extremely patiently whilst my laptop rebooted. Students gradually worked out where Sebastian was from, using visuals and accents as ancilliary clues. Hamish actually worked out the name of the city – Kerala! Students had previously asked if he lived in the northern hemisphere, near a tropical forest, near the Pacific Ocean etc. Once they knew it was India, the next questions were

  • Do you live in southern India?
  • Do you live in a big city?
  • Do you live in Kerala?

showing origami

Sebastian proceeded to share the wonderful origami that his wife Seena creates. I hope he could hear the ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ from the students as the webcam beamed them back to us. She shares her work over youtube.

As it was breakfast time for Sebastian he told us he was having Chappati & Daal – further learning as to what this actually looks like. Appam (made of rice) and curry was also part of it. Our students had had toast, toasties or cornflakes with banana!

Then he  invited us to Skype with “Sandesh – Be the Change” learners as part of training of a team of social entrereneurs ready to empower poor at the bottom of the pyramid in Kerala. The Prime Minister is eagerly promoting “Make in India” – Kerala Government is keen on digital democracy, empowering the marginalized. What a fabulous event for us to be involved in.

another origami

Read some of the student blog posts and what they thought about it all:

  1. Kiara’s post
  2. Dominic’s post
  3. Emmerson’s post
  4. Tim’s post
  5. Megan’s post