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Guest post from Teacher Ambassador Natalie Burgess – Back to School with Microsoft

With the following post we’d like to formally welcome one of our new Teacher Ambassadors to the Microsoft UK Education team! Many of you will have come across Natalie Burgess before, as she has been as #MIEExpert for a number of years, and ran sessions in the Showcase Classroom section of our stand at BETT 2016.

Ahead of the new academic year, Natalie has written a short blog post offering some ideas for how teachers can use technology to get to know their new students – and help the students get to know each other.Visit the author's original post

Collaborating With The Future Schools Expo

This week I was excited to receivee correspondence from David Colville, from DataCom Australia. He was present at the 2016 Future Schools Expo in Sydney. His request was that a group of St Andrew’s College students could be made available to share … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

#CEM15 Guest Post – Explore The World With Mystery Skype

This post was written for the Christchurch Connected Educators blog as part of Connected Educators Month of October 2015. You can read the original post here. Mystery Skype is a fun activity being played by classrooms all over the world and presents … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

A Few Ideas for Using Skype in the Classroom

There are technology tools that come along and make your day easier, that make your day better.  There are technology tools that integrate themselves so seamlessly into your lessons that you soon forget what life was like before.  There are tools that you know you can rely on whenever you need them.  And then there are tools that encompass all that and oh so much more.  Tools that elevate your teaching ideas to places you never thought they could have gone.  … Visit the author's original post

Mystery Skype!

One of my favorite sessions at E2 in Redmond (which, yes, I haven’t even debriefed yet…) was around the Skype in the Classroom program. This is a great resource that connects classrooms around the world with professionals: writers, scientists, politician, and anyone else who signs on to the service. Of course it’s all free and only requires a Skype account to join. I was eager to dive into trying out this program, and my first attempt was at a Mystery Skype.… Visit the author's original post

Mystery Skype!

One of my favorite sessions at E2 in Redmond (which, yes, I haven’t even debriefed yet…) was around the Skype in the Classroom program. This is a great resource that connects classrooms around the world with professionals: writers, scientists, politician, and anyone else who signs on to the service. Of course it’s all free and only requires a Skype account to join. I was eager to dive into trying out this program, and my first attempt was at a Mystery Skype.… Visit the author's original post

Adventures in Kenya Series – Days 7/8 – Out of the Mara, On to Kimilili

I'm running out of superlatives to describe my days.



 Yesterday was...

I'll just show you with pictures. I started the day with an sunrise game drive where we saw a whole pride of lions hanging around some termite mounds, and a whole lot more. Here are just a few of the hundreds of pictures I took.  I took more than 1000 pictures in my 30 hours in Masai Mara.






Then, I had a quick breakfast and headed back out on a game drive with a stop at a Masai Village to learn about Masai culture.… Visit the author's original post

Adventures in Kenya Series – Day 4 – Cheery Children Education Centre

There is so much to tell about that happened today. I hope I can remember it all.

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The day started with a drive into the Kibera Slum. After a short 200 foot walk, Tracy Hansen and Kyrsha from NGGE, Livinstone, and me came to the Cheery Children Education Center. Livingstone had previously taught here, and Tracy has spent a lot of time with these children, both in person during the past month and virtually where she has been teaching them via Skype.… Visit the author's original post

2nd Grade Mystery Skype with North Carolina

Mrs. Seifert’s second graders connected with another second grade class last week to play a game of Mystery Skype.  As the call started, neither class knew where the other was located.  The classes took turns asking yes/no questions to see who could figure out the location of their new friends first.

Using the help of maps, our students were able to narrow down their location to either North or South Carolina before the other class guessed our state correctly.  It was a very close game, and both classes had a great time.… Visit the author's original post

Finding a #MysterySkype Connection for Your Students

Mystery Skype is an educational game, invented by teachers, played by two classrooms on Skype. The aim of the game is to build cultural awareness, critical thinking skills, and geography skills by guessing the location of the other classroom through a series of yes/no questions. Other variations can be used for different content areas.  Classes can play “Mystery Element” or “Mystery Animal” in science class, “Mystery Number” in math class, or “Mystery Historical Figure” in history class.  It is suitable for all age groups, from Kindergarten through college, and can be adapted for almost any subject area.  Some general guidelines that I’ve typed for my teachers can be found here: Mystery Skype Guidelines

Once people learn about Mystery Skype and the student learning that results from playing, they immediately want to begin setting up connections for their students.  In this post, I will share three easy ways to find a partner class for your next Mystery Skype game.Visit the author's original post

Mystery Skype With Russia Extends Students’ Borders

Today the Year 6 students at St Andrew’s College had a unique experience, engaging in a game of Mystery Skype with students from a school in the very remote location of Sakhalin Island International School, off the east coast of Russia … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

2nd Grade Kidwish & Mystery Animal Skype

Many of our classes participated in the Kidwish Project this year. As part of the project, students sent holiday cards to a partner class in a different location.  In the cards they listed their wishes for a better world in 2015 and one action they would take to make those wishes come true.  In January, the classes are connecting via Skype to meet their partners.

Mrs. Flynn’s class had their connection call yesterday and decided to play a game of Mystery Animal Skype with their new friends in Fort Worth, Texas.  … Visit the author's original post

Mystery Skype Match-up with New York

Last week the 5th graders in Mrs. Lavoy’s morning social studies class played a game of Mystery Skype with Tracey Carayol’s students from New York.  Since the object of the game is to see which class can guess the other’s location through a series of Yes/No questions, neither class knew the location of the students on the other end of the call.

Despite this being the first Mystery Skype for the New Yorkers, they did a great job.  Early on they found out that our state bordered Lake Erie.  … Visit the author's original post

Virtual Field Trip Back in Time

Our first grade class took a virtual field trip to Agate Fossil Beds National Monument today as part of their learning about fossils.  Students had studied and read about dinosaur fossils in reading class and wanted to know more about how fossils were found and what other types of fossils there were.

The call started with a game of “Mystery Skype” in which our first grade students used yes/no questions to guess the state in which our hosts, Rangers Lil and AJ, were located.  … Visit the author's original post

5th Grade Halloween Mystery Skype

On Halloween our 5th graders unexpectedly found themselves playing Mystery Skype with a group of students from Iowa.  We were contacted and challenged to a game by Mrs. Ruffcorn’s class.  Both sets of students used yes/no questions, physical maps, and research on computers to try and locate the town in which the other class was located.  One of our students played the role of photojournalist and documented the call with the pictures in the slideshow below.

 

4th Grade Mystery Skype with Tennessee

Our 4th graders are studying United States Geography this year.  Using what they learned this year, they played a game of “Mystery Skype” with a class from Tennessee today.

At first, neither class knew where the other was from.  Classes took turns asking Yes/No questions to each other, using internet tools like Google and Google Maps to research, and marking maps to eliminate states in order to determine their partner’s location.  Eventually our students figured out that our new friends were from Tennessee and they figured out that we were from Pennsylvania.… Visit the author's original post

5th Grade Global Connections

As part of an ongoing drive to learn about the geography and culture in locations around the globe, Mrs. Lavoy’s 5th graders have been involved in some really awesome projects.

Both sections are participating the October Skype Global Video Message Exchange along with students and schools from 6 continents.  Each week in October, a new question is asked about the participants’ locations.  Each participating class then needs to answer with a video message.  Responses are available for all the participating classes so that everybody can learn from each other.… Visit the author's original post

2nd Grade Mystery Skype with Texas

The 2nd grade students in Mrs. Gates and Mrs. Seifert’s classes recently participated in a mystery Skype with a class in El Paso, Texas.  Before the call, neither class knew the location of the other.  Schools took turns asking Yes/No questions and crossing off states on maps in order to figure out their partner’s location.  Soon, both classes were able to guess correctly.  You can see pictures and a video of our students guessing the location correctly below.

After the game, students took turns asking questions of their new friends to learn about a different area of the country.… Visit the author's original post

2nd Grade Mystery Skype with Arizona

Next week our 2nd grade students will be learning about the desert.  Today we played mystery Skype with a class in Arizona and learned a bit about the desert.

Before the call neither class knew where the other was located.  Each class took turns asking yes/no questions to the other to try and figure out the locations.  When both classes were finished, Mrs. Mensing’s students shared some facts about Arizona with us including the climate (it’s really hot and dry there – especially during the summer), geography (they’ve got lots of mountains around), and animals (snakes, Gila Monsters, and javelinas!) We finished the call with a Q&A session where both sets of students were able to ask questions of the other.… Visit the author's original post