Gina Ruffcorn is a 5th Grade teacher in Iowa, US. She is also a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert, Skype Master Teacher and GoNoodle Ambassador. Today she shares with us her students’ experience during the GoNoodle Mystery Skype broadcast on October 27.
Mystery Skype is a global deductive guessing game, played over Skype, in which students use yes or no questions to figure out where another class is calling them from. And GoNoodle is a learning platform that gets kids moving to be their strongest, bravest, silliest, smartest, “bestest” selves.
I have been a huge fan of GoNoodle before it was even called GoNoodle; my students and I are avid daily users. I also love using Skype in the Classroom—Mystery Skype is one of our favorite classroom learning activities. So when two of our best loved, and most favorite things combined…it was learning and moving nirvana for us! When critical thinking and problem solving meet catchy song lyrics and energizing dance moves, it doesn’t get any better than that.
As a teacher, what did you love the most about the experience?
My students were excited and engaged. The Mystery Skype song was funky and the dance moves were fun. Working in pairs, the kids used maps and technology to search for GoNoodle character Hot Dog’s family vacation destination. My class listened carefully and problem solved collaboratively. They narrowed the options down to country and city. When Hot Dog revealed the mystery location, my kids were correct. They were thrilled, and ready to move and groove to the new Mystery Skype song again!
What impact do GoNoodle and Skype in the Classroom have on students?
Together or separately, both platforms have positive educational impacts for students. GoNoodle engages students by getting them up and moving. Skype in the Classroom engages students by giving them opportunities to interact with the world. The impact that physical activity and global connectedness can have on all students is immeasurable.
What was your biggest takeaway from the event?
My takeaway from the GoNoodle Mystery Skype event was this: “Laugh with your students as you learn, and don’t forget to sing and dance along.”
Teachers: Find the GoNoodle Mystery Skype song and video in the Microsoft Educator Community. Also, check out our website to find out more about how to use Skype in your classroom, play Mystery Skype, and learn about GoNoodle.
Parents: Why not ask your school to get involved with Skype in the Classroom so your kids can experience the world live from their classrooms? Also, check out the GoNoodle site and discover videos that will get your kids moving at home.
Next broadcast: If you are a teacher interested in learning more about Skype in the Classroom, register for the “Virtual Adventures with Skype in the Classroom” broadcast on November 16. Skype Master Teacher and MIE Expert Jed Dearybury will be talking through how to get started and provide general advice on how your students can get the most out of it.