Take one borrowed classroom (Thanks Miss Varker and 3V!), a hijacked TV (Thanks Mrs Placek!), 26 super excited 5/6JC students (especially after a wet day timetable), a number of equally excited students from another class somewhere in the world, the magic of technology and you have all the ingredients for a Mystery Skype.
Over last few days we assigned and practised our roles for the Skype call. We had Greeters/Question Askers, Clue Keepers, Questions Keepers, Google Mappers, Runners and Photographers.
It was soon time to cover our school logos, take our positions and solve the mystery of the location of our Skypers.
Each Runner took messages from one of the Google Mappers to the ‘Inbox’ question basket so our Question Askers could ask the questions. Our Clue Keeper kept track of the answers where we could all see them and our Question Keepers recorded the questions so we didn’t ask the same ones twice. Meanwhile, the Google Mappers kept narrowing down the area according to the answers from the Mystery Skypers. If we asked questions with a ‘Yes’ answer we got to ask another one. When we got one wrong it was the other school’s turn to ask us a question about our location.
The breakthrough came when Aidan gave a runner the question “Are you in Sunbury?” The answer was ‘Yes’ and we knew we were closing in on our Mystery Skypers. A quick thinking Ethan Googled ‘Schools in Sunbury’ and we worked our way down the list until we came to Killara Primary School. We were talking with Miss Fraser, Caroline and the 5/6s of Frole Island.
Thanks to our photographers, Laikyn and Matthew, all the action was captured for you to see in the PhotoPeach below.
After each class had solved the mystery there was time for a chat. We learned that we have some things in common; they are learning about Asia and we are learning about China. We also found out some differences, including they have six Grade 5/6 classes and two class pets.
Thanks Frole Island for a wonderful Mystery Skype!
Have you used Google Maps before? Why?
What mysteries have you solved?