Skype Mystery Video – What a Great Example of 21st Century Thinking

25 Jan

What a great idea!  Fantastic use of a class working together towards a common goal, collaboration, and thinking critically to solve a problem.  Unbelievably engaging!

6 Responses to “Skype Mystery Video – What a Great Example of 21st Century Thinking”

  1. Mary Lou Donahoe January 28, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    Drew to answer your “wondering” about how this could be used in the classroom I was thinking for the Living History we could connect to some historical museums around the world such as Anne Frank and find out about her. Obviously there are other famous people in America. I visited Jefferson’s Monticello last spring and they have an amazing educational program. I am sure the curators (volunteers) there would be happy to speak with us and show us around via skipe. The possibilities are endless it is all up to our “imagination”.

  2. J. Andrew Bairstow January 26, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

    I’m so pleased that this video has been motivating for some of you. I’m curious to hear how some of you might utilize this in your classroom.

  3. Karen Landsman January 26, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    I love this idea…I’ve seen it before, and it has inspired me to rethink my second grade unit on Flat Stanley. Last year, we sent him out over cyberspace; he landed in Switzerland and we skyped with him from there! This year he will visit every continent (including Antarctica)!
    SKYPE has so many wonderful possibilities, like interviewing experts, virtual visits with authors and connecting with school children around the world. It is one of those global-connection tools that shows how teaching with technology can lead to authentic learning.

  4. Maryann January 26, 2012 at 6:04 am #

    WOW…..this activity truly inspired enthusiasm for learning (geography) as I felt their energy jump right thru my computer screen! What a powerful tool to engage all students in the learning process while tapping into each child’s strength with the many roles involved in this lesson! My favorite post so far….thanks for sharing!

  5. Matt Woodrow January 25, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    This is a great post Drew. I like the idea of students being “authentic contributors” to their learning. This is a very practical and tangible activity for teachers. I look forward to your next post.

  6. Mary Lou Donahoe January 25, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

    How exciting! Yes, so many skills are used, and it is a
    “whole class” activity because there’s a lot going on in the background. People looking at maps, technical people, runners, etc. Wouldn’t it be nice to do this with someone from another country? Such as Bosnia, Morocco or Jordan?

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