Our Mystery Skype Experience
ENGLAND - Water
Today our 4th graders had their first Skype lesson and there was a lot of excitement. We Skyped with wonderful kids from Water Primary school from a village called Water, near Burnley. It was an amazing experience. By asking Yes/No questions and using different maps, we got to the nearest big city, Manchester. The kids from Britain guessed our city very easily, too. Then we asked all different questions about each other. We talked about school, subjects, hobbies, football, etc. Sam from England told us a really funny joke and at the end, we sang songs. The kids had a great time. Many thanks to Chris for giving us this brilliant opportunity!
INDIA - Hyderabad
On Wednesday we connected with an Indian school from Hyderabad. It was an unforgettable experience talking to children and teachers from the sixth largest city in India. We tried really hard to communicate in English, for some sixth graders it was a bit of struggle, however, we both managed to find where the other children are. We hope to keep in touch. Many thanks to Mubeen, the teacher from India, for being so kind to connect with us!
SWEDEN - Hjärup
We had a really fun Mystery Skype lesson with our palls from Sweden. It took a long time to find out who is from where, however, we all finally got there with a bit of a help and some clues. Main thing is, we did our best to communicate as much as we could and we have learnt a lot. We found the Swedish school, Hjärupslundsskolan, on the internet and had a look at pictures from their countryside. Many thanks to Anna, the teacher from Sweden, for giving us this brilliant chance to practice English and to learn new things in fun way! :)
ICELAND - Flateyri
This Thursday our 9 graders had their first Mystery Skype lesson with pupils from a small school Grunnskóli Önundarfjarðar in Flateyri, Iceland. At first it was hard to force oneselves to acually speak but many of ouf our students quickly overcame their shyness and therefore learned a lot from their classmates from far away. It was amazing to speak to the kids from a school where there are only 15 pupils! We were overwhelmed to see the view from their window - snow, mountains, typical Icelandic houses and snow again. Apart from our English conversantion, we also exchanged some phrases in our languages, we sang songs and had a good time sharing our English lesson. Many thanks to Maria, the teacher from Iceland, for this wonderful opportunity! :)
KENYA - Nairobi
This Wednesday was a special day - instead of usual lessons, we had a project day. It was focused on the world around us, global problems, cultural differences and life in different climatic zones. On this day, we had a wonderful chance to Skype with orphanaged children from Cheery Centre in the biggest Nairobi slum, Kibera. It was an unforgettable experience, really. First, we played Mystery Skype with them and then we talked about our lifes a bit. The connection was not very good due to technical problems on our side. However, we all communicated and it was amazing to talk to someone who lives on a different continent, so far from us but with just an hour time difference! Today's experience not only helped the kids to realize English is useful means of communication, but, more importantly, they learned about life of children in a place such Kibera, place they can hardly imagine living in. Thanks to this opportunity most of the kids realized the importance of charity and help to those, who really need it. I hope they will remember when they grow up, however, we hope to speak to our little kenyan classmates again some time. Many thanks to Jairus and Emmily from Nairobi!
FRANCE - Draguignan
On Friday, 3rd of October our 7 graders played Mystery Skype with a classroom from the south of France. They are from school Le Collége Jean Rostand. In fact, it was a great challenge for our pupils as finding their town called Draguignan was not an easy task to do. We managed, in the end, even thoug we needed a little help of our French palls. After the game there was some time to get to know each other a bit so we asked a lot of questions to find out some information about our partner school. They even showed us the view from their window - beautiful! If only Skype could transfer the sunny weather to Prague! We are going to work with them on an eTwinning project this year so this was a great opportunity to get to know each other. We look forward to our next lesson together as well as to our common project. Á bientôt! Many thanks to Sophie, the teacher from France, who happens to be my friend as well! :)
IRELAND - Dublin
On Wednesday, 1st of October 2014 our 5 graders played Mystery Skype with a classroom from St. Molaga's Senior National School in Dublin. The pupils asked Y/N questions to find out where the other pupils are from. The Irish pupils won - congratulations! However, it was a close shave and we got it in the end as well. After the game we talked about all possible topics - about hobbies, school, weather, time, football, etc. The Irish boys and girls sang us a song and it was brilliant! We had to sing a traditional song as well and got a big aplause. The pupils enjoyed our shared lesson very much and we even learned some words in Irish Gaelic. Dia dhuit! (Ahoj!) Many thanks to Cliona, the Irish teacher for this fantastic opportunity!