In January of 2012, I was directed messaged on Twitter by one of the people who I follow, Nancy Carroll. She asked me if I wanted to do a Mystery Skype. I said sure why not, I have been hearing about these Mystery Skype’s on Twitter. I emailed back and forth with her and did some research on a Mystery Skype and took part in my first Mystery Skype. Fast Forward a night in October when I was collaborating with some fellow educators in a Google Hangout and one of the members of my PLN, Paula Naugle suggested that since her and I had used Google Hangout to participate in a Mystery Call let us call it a Mystery Location Call.
In October we had our first official “Mystery Location Call”. The students were very excited when I went to get the class a little early. They were happy to find out that we would be taking part in another Mystery Call. Students enjoyed last week’s Mystery Location Call when we spoke with Mrs. Naugle and her class. Today the students found out that we would be talking with Mrs. Carroll who is a good friend of mine from the world of Twitter. I have never meet Mrs. Carroll but we have connected and collaborated on a few Skype calls over the past year. Mrs. Carroll and I are connected educators and looking forward to working with each other and involving our classes.
You may not be familiar with a Mystery Location Call but it is when two classes use video conferencing software to try and guess the location of the other classroom. We used Google Hangout. It was the first time that Mrs. Carroll was using the software to conduct a Mystery Location Call and the second time that I have used this platform. Students took turns asking Yes and No questions to figure out where the other school was located. After each response students were guided by the teacher in order to take away states that were not possible. Students used maps to figure out where in the United States the other state was. As the states were crossed out students developed their own questions based on the information they had in front of them. Students were also communicating (back channeling ) through the use of Edmodo while other students figured out the clues. Both classes were able to narrow down the information and on the first guess, the students were able to find out where their new friends were located. After the students found out they were right they took turns asking each other questions about their school to learn more about one another. This was the first of many projects that the students will be connecting on this year.
In October the Mystery Location Call was part of the kickoff for our Global Collaborator Network Project that we have been planning sine June of 2012. The Global Collaborator Network project started as a conversation a few of us had on Twitter then discussed more on a Google Hangout. The Global Collaborator Network will be a project a month based on a different subject area each month that ties into the Common Core. For the month of October Mrs. Naugle’s class created student based survey’s (ie: favorite ice cream, favorite chocolate) and have been sent out on Twitter and shared with our classes. Student’s from my class will be creating Graphs, based on the information Mrs. Naugle’s class has gathered, using Microsoft Excel in the coming weeks to help share this information. The goal of the October was to see the different ways students graph information. This was just the start of a series of projects in which we have connected our classrooms. Seven teachers from six different states have been working together to create these different projects and we are looking to connect with many more educators across the globe.
Please join us for our March projects as we connect teachers across the globe for Read Across America and World Read Aloud Day. Sign up is on our website Global Collaborator Network. We are happy to have a group of High School Students from Waldwick High School in Waldwick New Jersey who have recorded podcasts for students to listen to as part of our March projects.