Now called Mystery Location!

(Including not only Skype, but also Google Hangout)

The Global Classroom Project, Hello Little World Skypers, and the Global Virtual Classroom have teamed up to create a Mystery Skype contact list! Our combined efforts will give you many contacts throughout the world. These contacts are dedicated teachers who strive to connect their students globally and provide a rich learning experience. Mystery Skype provides an engaging way for classrooms to introduce themselves to each other.

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Third graders in a suburb of Chicago have 'traveled' to many places the first half of 2012.

TEACHERS - make sure you connect with the potential partner first to set a time/day to get together. Here are a couple things to help: Time Zone Map to Visualize where classrooms are located | Meeting Planner - for the time it is 'there' | What does a Mystery Skype look like?
Paula Naugle's Mystery Location 'How to..' site.

See more class maps of world connections.

Students from Bulgaria connect for the first time.

Beyond Mystery Location

Project Goals:

  • Students will use map skills to find the location of the mystery classroom
  • Students will use communication and critical thinking skills to ask questions to help them find the mystery location.
  • Classes communicate with other classrooms via Skype or Google+ Hangouts.
  • Students will learn to respect and appreciate the cultures and customs of others.
  • Students will be able to see the differences and similarities between themselves and others around the world.

How it works:

Option 1: (Advanced) Find the country/state or province/city of the other classroom by asking only YES/NO questions. A “YES” answer allows to ask another question. A “NO” answer gives the opposing group the chance to ask a question. 20 questions maximum. After each 5 questions a CLUE can be given.

Option 2: (Intermediate) Find the country/state or province/city of the other classroom by asking only YES/NO questions. The same classroom will keep asking questions until they find the location. After each 5 questions a CLUE can be given.

Option 3: (Beginning). Students will find the location of the other class using clues that the other class gives. It can go back and forth with each team taking turns with questions and answers. This will help younger students stay engaged and keep the frustration level at a minimum..

After the game: Each class can share facts and information about their home country and/or city.
Mystery Location Teams - give everyone a job!
• Greeters – say hello and tell something about the class without giving away location
• Inquirers – ask the questions
• Question Keepers – keep track of the questions and answers
• Mappers – use atlas, Google maps, etc. to zero in on the clues
• Digital Photographer/Videographer – captures the call with a digital and/or video camera
Additional list by JoAnn Fox.

Targeted Grade Levels/Age Groups:K-12

Find a classroom for a Mystery Skype

Contact list is sorted by time zones.
The sign up form is here at the bottom of the page if you have not yet signed up.

Possible Mystery Location Questions:

1. Is your continent in the Eastern/Western Hemisphere?
2. Is your continent in the Northern/Southern Hemisphere?
3. Is your continent near the Atlantic/Pacific/Indian/Arctic Ocean?
4. Is your continent N. America/S. America/Africa/Europe/Asia/Australia/Antarctica?
5. Is it a big/small country?
6. Do you speak English as a first language?
7. Is it very hot in summer and cold in winter?
8. Is it north/south/east/west of...........?
9. Does your country border another country?
8. Are there mountains in your country?
9. Does your country have a coastline?
10. Is …...................the capital of your country?
11. Does your state/province border_?
12. Is your country/state/province north/south/east/west of?
13. Is your city in the north/south/east/west of your country/state/province?
14. Is your city the capital of your country/state/province?
Possible Clues:
1. The time is.
2. The season is.
3. We are north/south/east/west of_.
4. The beginning letter is .
5. We also speak French/German/Spanish/Mandarin etc...

Helpful Information:
Mystery Location 101
Secret Skyping
Teaching Geography with Mystery Location

Janet Barnstable
David Karnoscak
Betsey Dixon
Armando Vezza
If you would like to see a classroom in action during a Mystery call, check out the students in Tammy Egesdal's 4th grade, Forest City, Iowa.
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Notice the paper and digital maps that students us to help them discover where their caller is located.
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What a great way to learn about geography!
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You can still sign up here: