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Mystery Location

A great activity for school students of all ages. It teaches so much but is a relatively easy way to connect globally and fun way of learning. Students do not know the location of the mystery teacher of class and have to ask a series of questions that can only have a 'yes/no' answer Thanks to an amazing learning network for connecting with my geographically and culturally isolated students and to the HLW Skypers Skype group and a wonderful colleague, Veronica Woo of SMJK Poi Lam School, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia who is the mystery Skyper in this video!
Students from Bulgaria connect for the first time.


Click the document to the left for Skype Netiquite - English and Chinese versions.

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.  

See where third graders in a Northern Chicago suburb have 'traveled' from Sept. to Dec. in 2012.
map of places Skyped


Targeted Grade Levels/Age Groups: K-12

Mystery Skype provides an engaging way for classrooms to introduce themselves to each other. 
TEACHERS - make sure you connect with the potential partner first to set a time/day to get together.
World Clock 
 http://www.timeanddate.com/ - When connecting with a school in another place in the world, find out what time it is in that location.  Handy is the meeting planner, or the time zone map to see the different time zones, and to locate your own. Helpful also is the event time announcer, if you are planning an event to which several countries are invited.
What does a Mystery Skype look like? (Videos)

Find a classroom for a Mystery Location

Contact list is sorted by time zones.
The sign up form is below if you have not yet signed up.

Janet Barnstable
David Karnoscak
Betsey Dixon
Armando Vezza

Helpful Links:
Mystery Skype 101

Secret Skyping

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
Addition list of jobs by JoAnn Fox.

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...