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The Magic of Mystery Skype

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Participate and share : Poster

Wednesday, December 2, 4:30–5:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Amy Rosenstein  
Todd Flory  
Anne Mirtschin  

Skype is free, user friendly and world-accessible. It can connect students to other classes across the world. Mystery Skype is an engaging classroom activity that allows students to learn geography, languages, cultural differences. It enables global collaboration, problem solving and allows the development of empathy towards other cultures/religions.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Download Skype (consumer skype) on your device
Join the Skype in the Classroom network at
Topic: Global collaboration
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Social studies, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use collaborative tools to expand students' authentic, real-world learning experiences by engaging virtually with experts, teams and students, locally and globally.
For Students:
Global Collaborator
  • Students use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning.
  • Students use collaborative technologies to work with others, including peers, experts or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints.
Related exhibitors:
Microsoft Corporation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate and explore a favourite technology and tool that supports Global Collaboration for both students and educators. It is cross platform, can be used on mobile devices, available in all countries and can be used for both synchronous and asynchronous connection and collaboration.
-discuss and demonstrate Mystery Skype with and to attendees.
-demonstrate how students need to use critical thinking, problem solving and questioning to --determine where in the world the connecting class is from.
-show how Skype can be used on mobile devices as well as laptops and other hardware.
-demonstrate the "Skype in the Classroom" website, where educators can find other teachers, experts and classrooms to connect and collaborate with.
-show possible variations on the Mystery Skype theme that can fit with all subjects and learning areas eg Mystery number, career, animal, element etc
-demonstrate the 'future' of global collaboration and connections even when the connecting class does not speak the same language - through the Skype translator either in real time or through the text chat.
provide ideas for asynchronous connections when time zones do not match.
-share amazing classroom stories of engagement
-provide inspiration for attendees and take-aways that can be implemented in their classrooms tomorrow.
-provide an online resource document to help attendees once they are back at school and to -provide contact details of people who can help further.
-share some of the challenges and tips for overcoming these challenges
Participants will be able to talk with Skype Master Teachers who have been highly successful in implementing this engaging program into the classroom.Attendees can ask questions, see live Skype connections, interact with the online virtual global collaborators and experience the magic of Mystery Skype for themselves.
Laptops, projection screen and mobile devices will be used to bring in 'live', virtual educators from other countries , so that attendees can play the game themselves. Attendees can "feel" the magic for themselves and explore the challenges, the problem solving and learning opportunities of such a task.
Participants will be shown how to use the app, skype translator, and skype video messages, using a laptop or mobile device.
Classroom stories and use of these tools will be shared, providing inspiration for attendees and attendees will go home with take-aways that could be implemented in their classrooms tomorrow. There will be flyers showing classroom connections on the poster backboard.
The online resource document can be accessed by a qr code, displayed on the back board or a shortened url or ISTE conference proposal website. Hard copy folders with pictures and further details on the table for attendees to look through with lots of examples of ways and variations of using mystery skype from simple to complex with possible follow up activities to maintain ongoing connections.
Evidence of success - the number of attendees, successful Mystery Skype demonstrations with a live presenter from another country, the number of questions posed, the results of the feedback surveys.

Supporting research

Creating Meaningful Global Connections
Global Connections
Skype in the classroom
Klein, Jennifer The Global Education Guidebook (2017): Humanizing K-12 Classrooms Worldwide Through Equitable Partnerships.
Tolisano,Silvia Assessment of learning via Skype
Lindsay, Julie The Global Educator (2016): Leveraging Technology for Collaborative Learning & Teaching.

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Amy Rosenstein, Concord Road Elementary School

Amy Rosenstein teaches elementary school in Ardsley, NY. Co-Founder of, she is a Skype Master Teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and PBS Digital Innovator. Amy holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Cornell University as well as a Master's in Elementary Education. Traveling the world via Skype with her students to places like Hong Kong, India, and Kenya, she incorporates digital storytelling, blogging, and self-publishing into her classroom. Author of the Scholastic eBook, 10 Fresh Ways to Incorporate Technology into Your Classroom, Amy is a recipient of the 2013 Pioneer Award and is a writer for KQED Education.

Todd Flory, Wheatland Elementary School
Anne Mirtschin, Hawkesdale P12 College

ne Mirtschin is a multi-award winning teacher (includes the ISTE Making IT Happen award). She teaches Digital Technology and Business Studies at Hawkesdale P12 College, Australia. She is passionate about rural and global education, immersing technology into the classroom and loves collaborating and learning online. Technology and an amazing global PLN has enabled her to make the world her classroom. Anne is the co-Australasian Chair for the Global Education Conference, a Skype Master Teacher, Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator, a Flat Connections Lead teacher and a Co-Communications Chair for ISTE Global Collaboration PLN.

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