Here are the jobs I gave my students:
Greeter--This student greeted the other class politely and got the "game" up and running. He/she then joined the Think Tank.
Inquirers--These two students asked yes/no questions of the other class and answered questions from the other class. They sat in front of the computer camera the entire Skype call.
Clue Keepers--These two students kept up with information from the other class and wrote clues down on the dry erase board.
Think Tank--A group of students who studied maps and worked together to create questions for the Inquirers.
Runner--This student kept communication going between the Think Tank and the Inquirers.
Photographer--This student took pictures and video of all the groups/happenings. He/she eventually joined the Think Tank.
Computer Mappers--These two students used the classroom computer to search maps online. They worked closely with the Think Tank.
For their first Mystery Skype, the students did a wonderful job! After the Skype session, we had a time of reflection. I asked the students two questions: "What went well?" and "What can be improved?"
I have to say, I agree with their assessment:
What went well?
- We knew our cardinal/intermediate directions.
- We were good sports.
- We were cooperative.
- We communicated well.
- We tried to create good/effective questions.
- Clue Keepers worked very well together and did a great job.
What can be improved?
- We need to stay in our assigned spots.
- Our volume needs to be lower.
- We need to get better at using Google Earth and online maps to find locations.
To see a brief video of this session, click here: 1st Mystery Skype of 2014-2015
For more info, see my posts about previous Mystery Skype sessions: CLICK HERE.