It was challenging at first but exciting collaborating with another school in a new way. Mystery Skype incorporates and involves maps, atlases, thinking skills and previous knowledge like direction and country. Our intelligence on geometry has grown through this activity and will continue to over the next few Skype chats. The first question we asked was if they were in the southern hemisphere. That question narrowed it down for the next questions. We found that some of the questions were too specific (skinny questions) and as a result they were asked too early in the game.
Skinny questions are questions that help you find a little bit of geographical information but fat question are ones that help a massive amount information. We found that fat questions give big answers and can be equal to 5 skinny questions. The next good question we asked was "are you on an island?" and "are you near the Tasman Sea?" as they helped us to define their location before we began to use the more specific questions. The answers to these questions were able to give us the state of our oppositions, which were in Victoria, Melbourne.
It was a challenge that caused us to think outside of the box and problem solve. It made geography real so that we understood it and found purpose for it.