The Mystery Skype Roles and Responsibilities
Greeters: Greet the partner school/makes initial introduction. Offers the other school a chance to introduce themselves & ask the 1st question. Be specific by stating our own names and introducing the sharers by name and the questioners by name. Share something special about our school, city, or state. It could be a song/dance, souvenir, but nothing that will give anything away. Feel free to practice this before you have to do it for real.
Questioners: Ask the other school questions that help us learn their whereabouts. You are responsible for keeping the conversation going. Questions are kept on our Google Doc, so all Questioners can see them and so others in the room can have their questions asked. Be aware of whose turn it is to ask questions (ours or theirs), and be quick to decide our question when it is our turn (be reading the Google Doc while the other team is thinking or speaking).
Signers: Create signs that tell the other class whose turn it is. Hold up those signs at appropriate times during the Mystery Skype. Signs we've used in the past include: "Your Turn," "Our Turn - Please wait while we prepare," and "Great Job!" (2 students)
Researchers: This is the most important job and one that everyone needs to do. Looking up the answers to questions we are asked when we don't know how to answer them by memory. Everyone needs an atlas and a computer. Come up with questions to ask the other class by adding them to the Google Doc. We can use Google Maps, search engines, and any other tools that will help you find where they are located that is allowed at our school. While you are researching, add links to the Google Doc for others to see the great resources that you find. Encourage others to add links that will help people as well. Give polite feedback to others as needed.
Data Entry: Fill in the columns as we complete them in the shared Google Sheet. W the questions that we choose to ask. Type in the answer to each bolded question (Yes or No). (2 students) (2 students)
Closers: Wrap up the Mystery Skype by thanking the other class and asking some questions that show an interest in their school. If we have time, try to see if we have any interests in common and maybe we can connect with them again in the future.