What is Mystery Skype? 7 Steps to get Started

Craig Kemp
November 16, 2014

What is Mystery Skype?

Mystery Skype is a quick way to get people talking positively about technology and your classroom. Some people now call this Mystery Location Call. This is because some classrooms use Facetime, Google Hangout, or even video conferencing. There are so many ways to connect now!

Whatever you call it, Mystery Skype is one of the easiest ways to connect globally and start on your journey of collaborating globally on a massive scale. It is simple enough that every single teacher can do it.

How Do Classrooms Use Mystery Skype?

  • Geography lessons – guess where the other person is located
  • Environmental Science – comparing the environments in different areas of the world
  • Cultural Studies – eating, hobbies, religions, cultural differences
  • History– comparing historical accounts and textbooks from various locations in the world
  • Math– compare how you work the same math problems in different places in the world?
  • Audience – To do show and tell or share other student work.

How Do I Started with Mystery Skype?

7 Step Guide by Craig Kemp. Craig Kemp has written a super simple guide to get started.

Read Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds. This is one of the many ways we encourage you to collaborate in the book I co-authored, Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds. It is often just enough to get everyone excited in your school. Then, doors are opened for other exciting things to happen.

Read Connecting Your Students with the World. Another fantastic resource to get you started on global collaboration is Connecting Your Students with the World by Jerry Blumengarten, Paula Naugle, and Billy Krakower. They have a whole chapter on how to structure Mystery Skype's and do them with ease.

Every classroom can do mystery location calls. There are many ways to get connected. VIF Learning Center, Microsoft's Mystery Skype website, or even just using the #mysteryskype hashtag on Twitter can get you there. 

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Bio of Vicki Davis

About Me

written by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher

written by Vicki Davis

Short Bio of Vicki Davis

Most importantly, Vicki is a classroom teacher and Instructional Technology director in southwest Georgia. She is into her eighteenth year of teaching at K12 and taught adults for five years before that. She graduated first her in Management Class at Georgia Tech in 1991 and has traveled the world talking about technology and reaching every student. Her philosophy to “innovate like a turtle” has transformed teachers around the world. Vicki's heart is for today's students and today's teachers – both of whom have unique challenges of their own. Because two of her three children have learning differences, children who struggle have a special place in Vicki's heart and she loves to find technologies to unlock each child's full potential (and each teacher's.)

Top Education Blog. Vicki Davis has been writing the Cool Cat Teacher blog for 15 years and has been an Edublog award finalist for Best Teacher Blog. This blog is listed in the top 50 blogs in education and has more than 100,000 unique visitors who read this blog each month.

Top Twitterer. Vicki was voted a top 5 twitterer in education by the Edublog awards in 2015, and named by Mashable as one of Twitter’s Top 10 Rockstar teachers. Recently, Onalytica named Vicki as the top female edtech influencer on Twitter in December 2017 according to their statistical research.

Getting Bammy

Receiving the BAMMY for Best Talk Show Host in Education

Top Podcast. Vicki hosts and self produces the podcast the 10-Minute Teacher show since February 1, 2017. Within one week of launch, it hit the top 10 in the k12 store in iTunes. With 600 episodes, the show now has over 3 million downloads. It is a 5-day a week show for busy teachers. Vicki's prior show Every Classroom Matters had over 300 thousand downloads a month. In 2014, Vicki won the BAMMY Award for Best Education Talk Show Host in 2014.

Global Collaborative Pioneer. Vicki is well known for her creation of more than twenty global collaborative projects including the Flat Classroom Project which won ISTE's Online Learning Award in 2006 and the MAD About Mattering Project in 2016 and 2017.

Popular Speaker. Vicki is known for her speeches on differentiating instruction, being an excellent 21st-century educator,

teacher motivational speaker Vicki Davis

It has been an honor to keynote many technology conferences in the US and beyond.

and education technology that improves student achievement.  Her work with classrooms across the world has taken her and her students around the world- to China, India, Qatar, Dubai, Hawaii and here in the continental US where she has shared more than 100 keynotes and spotlights.

Author of three books. Vicki's books  Reinventing Writing and Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds, empower teachers to connect their students to technology and the world. Anyone who signs up for her email list can download her free ebook 10 Habits of Bloggers that Win.

Widely read author. Vicki writes for Edutopia and is one of Cathy Rubin's Global Search for Education Top 12 Teacher Blogs. Vicki has 163K Twitter followers (and growing) and more than one hundred thousand unique visitors read Vicki's blog every month. Vicki's on Tumblr, Flipboard, and Facebook, too.

Financial literacy can be taught. A screenshot of Vicki Davis' full blog post on Edutopia.

Financial literacy can be taught, but the best ways are hands-on.

Technology and Innovative Leader. Vicki is a Discovery STAR educator and a Google Certified Innovator. She has spoken at Google, Microsoft, and other technology companies about innovative classroom technology use. Her classroom was named one of the most top 10 Financially Literate classrooms in the US by the H&R Block Budget Challenge in 2014.

The numbers that count most. Vicki has 3 three children, 3 dogs, 1 cats, 105 students, and 1 husband and now one more person who has read her bio — and for that — she's most grateful. She is honored to count many of the finest educators as her friends.

Thank you for reading my bio. You can hear more about my story here.  Contact me if I can help.

– Vicki Davis
@coolcatteacher

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