Mrs. VH's class is getting ready for their first Mystery Skype call. I learned about this through a tweet on Twitter that I responded to. When I heard back from the teacher, I asked Mrs. VH if this was something she would be interested in trying with her class. I also reached out to a teacher she and I "met" and corresponded with via Skype last school year, to see if she would want to try this with us as well. Both were very excited to try this out and so were the students.

Mrs. VH and I began preparing with the class and decided that a practice would be helpful so we could see what worked, what did not, what we needed to do differently and basically how the whole thing would work.

We went over the different "jobs" the children would have during the call. Thanks to Silvia Tolisano, aka Langwitches, for the fantastic way to keep all students involved and engaged during the Skype call. The students selected the job they thought they would be best at. Our test call would happen a week before our real call. Mrs. VH and two students went into another room in our school and we had to try to guess from which area of the world they were calling. Below are photos from our "test" call. As you can see, the students were all involved and they did a great job--and, after several questions and guesses, they guessed their location: The Hague in Holland!

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Here is a short clip of the Mystery Skype in action