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Mystery skype
New York USA -Balatonboglár, Hungary
Time: 15.01.2014.
Partner: Ardsley, New York, USA


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Mystery Skype is featured on the Today Show!


Today Show host Natalie Morales recently discovered first hand how Skype in the classroom is changing the face of education forever! She was lucky enough to witness a Mystery Skype that took place between two of our wonderful classrooms. Despite being 4000 miles apart, the global guessing game brought students from New York and Hungry together for fantastic fun and learning! Watch the video and read the Skype Social Good blog to hear the full story.












http://blogs.skype.com/2014/02/20/today-show-host-plays-mystery-skype/

TODAY Show Host Plays Mystery Skype

02/20/2014 in Social Good

I remember my childhood geography lessons. A whole class period was spent memorizing the location of continents and countries, while attempting to imagine something about how other students lived in these faraway places. If my classmates and I were lucky, we had a pen pal that we exchanged letters and photos with through the mail – a long-distance peer with whom we could share our respective likes/dislikes and cultural norms.
Today, individual pen pals are being replaced by Skype classroom pals. With Skype in the classroom, students can instantly talk to and engage with kids in other classrooms halfway around the world. As for geography lessons, Mystery Skype has given those a bit of a digital upgrade as well.
Recently, Today Show host Natalie Morales got to experience it first-hand and see why Mystery Skype is quickly becoming a global phenomenon with teachers. Morales witnessed the magic of two classrooms, 4,000 miles apart, joined together on a Skype video call. She saw how, by asking a series of clever questions, the students could quickly guess where the other was located. And when the guessing was done, she enjoyed national songs performed by each of the countries’ students, in addition to a little language lesson before saying goodbye.
Which countries were they? Take a moment to experience the game through Natalie’s eyes, and you’ll see how goulash became the hit of the day!


The Mystery Skype game makes learning about geography fun. It also offers students a chance to practice other communications and life skills. Children get to practice asking questions and speaking in front of groups, critical thinking, and working in teams to solve problems. Some teachers choose to maintain relationships with classrooms they have played the game with to work together on cultural awareness activities, art projects, or to develop a deeper understanding of a part of the world they are studying.
Westchester County, NY-based teacher Amy Rosenstein who was the teacher from Classroom #1 in our game with Natalie is a huge advocate for using Skype as a part of her lesson plans. “The best thing about Skype in the classroom has really been opening the world to the students in my class.” She continues, “The walls melt away when Skype is used.” Her students simply marvel at the fact that they’ve learned so much about how their peers live, what holidays they celebrate, which sports they like to play and what foods they like to eat.
Being from a small town in Hungary, teacher Gyöngyi Tóthné Bán (aka Dondi) from Classroom #2 believes that Skype in the classroom provides a level of access to other cultures that her students wouldn’t otherwise experience. Thanks to Skype, her classes have communicated with students in Nepal, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Canada and the United States, adventures that she tracks on her Wiki.




Guess what video David and Theresa played during their presentation today at the ICE (technology) conference?

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New York Student
New York Question
HUNGARIAN
Student
HUNGARIAN
Answer
Jared
Which hemispheres is your continent in?
Tekla
We live in the northern and eastern hemispheres
Tess
Are you close to the equator?
Dávid
No. we are not close to the equator
Lily
Are you on an island?
Dániel
No, we aren’t an island.
Luis
Do you border the ocean?
Petra
No, we don’t border any ocean.
Dylan
Is your country landlocked?
Bennó
Yes, it is.
JonMarco
Are you in Africa?
Niki
No we aren’t.
Nick
Are you in Asia?
Anna
No, we aren’t.
Nikhita
What continent are you in?
Vanda
We are in Europe.
Olivia
Which body of water are you closest to?
Zsófia
We live close to Lake Balaton.
Lizbeth
Are you in the middle of the continent?
Luca
Yes, we are.
Sam
Do you have four seasons?
Enikő
Yes, we have 4 seasons.
Ben
What season is it? What is the weather like now?
Rebeka
Now it’s winter here. It is cold. The temperature is about zero centigrade. We don’t have snow yet.
Milena
What time is it now? Is it morning, afternoon, or night?
Laura
It’s 4 pm now. It’s afternoon.
Sofia B.
What sport is your country famous for?
Tekla
Our country is famous for swimming and handball.
Vivek
What national holidays do you celebrate?
Melinda
We celebrate Christmas and Easter.
Julia
What kind of food do you like to eat?
Laci
We like…
Avi
Is seafood popular?
Róza
No, seafood isn’t popular.
Sophia S.
What kind of money do you use?
Virág
We have Forint.
Jason
What color is your flag?
Bálint
Our flag is red, white, and green.
Charlie
Name three countries that border your country.
Panka
Our country borders Slovenia, Austria, and Slovakia.
Isaac
What is your capital?
Regina
Our capital is Budapest.
Aidan
What native language do you speak?
Vivien
We speak Hungarian.

2nd Section

FOREIGN
Student
FOREIGN
Question
New York Student
New York Answer
Laura
Are you in the northern or southern hemisphere?
Ben
We live in the northern hemisphere
Rebeka
Are you in the eastern or western hemisphere?
Milena
We are in the western hemisphere.
Róza
Is your country an island?
JonMarco
No.
Enikő
Does your country border the ocean?
Charlie
Yes.
Panka
Which oceans does your country border?
Tess
The Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
Luca
Are you in North America?
Sofia B.
Yes.
Laci
What colors are your flag?
Nikhita
Red, white and blue.
Friderika
Who is the leader of your country?
Vivek
President Barack Obama.

Friderika
Who is the leader of your country?
Vivek
President Barack Obama.
Virág
What is the weather like now?
Dylan
It’s cold and snowy.
Anett
What time is it there?
Julia
10:00 AM

Now guess country!

Regina
Is your state in the north, south, east, or west?
Luis
The northeast.
Lili
How many states border your state?
Sam
Five states.
Zsanett
Does your state border another country?
Olivia
Yes.
Melinda
Name three states that border your state.
Lily
Connecticut
New Jersey
Pennsylvania
Szilvia
What are two landmarks in your state?
Sophia S.
The Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty
Zsombor
Which sports are popular?
Avi
Baseball, football, basketball.
Tamás
What are the names of the teams?
Aidan
The Yankees the Giants and the Knicks.
Vivien
What kind of food do you like to eat?
Jason
We’re known for hamburgers, hot dogs and apple pie, but I like…
Adrián
What does your money look like?
Lizbeth
We use the dollar…and it looks like this…
Bálint
What national holidays do you celebrate?
Isaac
Two of them are Thanksgiving and Independence Day on July 4th

Language Game

Now both classes will learn a few words in Hungarian and English. Each class will show three drawings of objects in order to learn how to say the words in each other’s language.

For example, they’ll show us a picture of an apple. We say, “it’s an apple”, and they tell is that it’s an “alma” in Hungarian. Then the Americans try to pronounce “alma.”

Country Symbols
If there is time, they’ll share symbols of each other’s countries.

Music
Each class will sing a song. The Americans will sing The Star-Spangled Banner and the Hungarian children will sing a Hungarian folk song.

We’ll all say goodbye in each other’s languages!




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