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 Mystery Location Call

formerly known as Mystery Skype because you can also use Google Hangouts too.

Our book (by @wkrakower @plnaugle @cybraryman1) features Mystery Location Calls:

Connecting Your Students with the World:
Tools and Projects to Make Global Collaboration Come Alive, K-8

Connecting Your Students with the World: Book Review by @coolcatteacher

My Mystery Location Call Mavens

@plnaugle
@wkrakower
@ncarroll24
@kimpowelledtech
@lindayollis
@langwitches  
@pernilleripp
@carenmac
@AppEducationFox
@mr_avery
@PaulSolarz
@markaengstrom
@LLCLEMENT

Teacher Notes 
When I first heard about Mystery Skype calls I was intrigued. What a great idea to connect two classes in different parts of the country or world.  My Social Studies background had me envisioning the use of a big map as the children asked location questions.  What a great way to learn about different places in the world and connect with other students.

I have been honored to be a Mystery Location participant where students and teachers had to guess where I was located.  I try to throw some curveballs their way by saying my state has two time zones or we have "a republic" in the southernmost portion of our state.

Below is a picture of the Google Hangout group I have been a part of for a couple of years.  We hangout regularly and some of the best Mystery Location mavens are among us.

@wkrakower @dandanscience @TeacherCast @cybraryman1 @MissBamberger @kimpowelledtech @plnaugle

My Google Hangouts Page

My Skype Page

Connecting Beyond the School Walls via Skype & Google + Hangout. - Google Drive

Time Zones

Try to have several clocks in the classroom showing different time zones.

The World Clock Meeting Planner

Online Conversion - Time Zone Conversion

 

The World Clock – Time Zones

 

Mystery Location Calls - Google+ Community Mystery Location Calls

Mystery State/Country Skyping Sign Up @carenmac

Connecting Beyond the School Walls: Mystery Location Call -@bkrakower Billy Krakower

Where in the World Are They? Students Find Out With Mystery Skype @pernilleripp

How to do a ‘Mystery Skype’ – #EdTech4Beginners

Mystery Skype – Who Could it Be? | Mr. Avery's Classroom Blog

Get Your Free Mystery Skype OneNote Notebook

Mystery Skype Just Got An Awesome Upgrade! - Digital Learning at Grant Wood AEA

How to Set Up and Run a Mystery Skype Session - What's going on in Mr. Solarz' Class?

Be the Fly on the Wall: Mystery Skype | Langwitches Blog

1st Mystery Skype! | Mr. Hart's ITRT Blog

What is Mystery Skype? 7 steps to get started! | Mr Kemp

Super Bowl ad for Microsoft features Irvine classroom Mystery Skype Call

Tip of the Week: Mystery Skype | History Tech

Mystery Skype Call With Langwitches! Mrs. Yollis' Classroom Blog

Mrs. Yollis' Classroom Blog: Langwitches' Video of the Mystery Skype Call

"When Are We Gonna Do That Again?"  That Guy in the Library

#MysterySkype - Skype in the classroom

Mystery State/Country Skype

Karen Mensing: Mystery Skype

4thchat - Mystery Skype Sign Up

6thchat - Mystery Skype

Try A Mystery Skype. Here’s Why. | Educational Leadership in the 21st Century

Some Mystery Skype Location Call Questions

How would you describe the weather now?

Do you experience any extreme weather? If so, what kind?

Do you live in an urban, suburban or rural area?

What time is it where you are right now?

What kind of agriculture grows in your state?

What are some animals that you might see in the wild in your state?

What are some famous places, tourist attractions or events from your state?

Are there any famous people who were born in your state?

What is your state’s nickname?

Does your state border any bodies of water?  If so, please name it.

What region of the United States are you located in?

Name one state that borders your state.

What is your state’s capital?


After we all guess which state we are in, then we would like it if we could take turns sharing information about each school.

What is the name of your school?

a. Where is your school located?
b. How many students are in your school?
c. What grades does your school include?
d. Does your school have a mascot or motto?
e. Briefly describe some things that you like about your school.
f. What language do kids in your classroom speak other than English? What are they?