Innovation in Action

Mystery Skype

Keewatin-Patricia DSB (2015)

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Viewer's Guide

This video provides a glimpse into a grade 4 classroom in the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board in Red Lake, Ontario. It shows how new learning partnerships between teachers and students, within and beyond the classroom walls, are being developed through real-world, authentic tasks.

This video highlights a learning experience called “Mystery Skype” being used in a Grade 4 Social Studies class. The educator, Martene Herbert, explains why she chose this activity and how it has impacted her teaching and her students’ learning.

Themes and IdeasThemes and ideas:


  • Global connectivity
  • Co-learning
  • Deep learning

Viewer's ListThis video is for:
  • Classroom educators

Discussion QuestionDiscussion questions:
  • How does the technology help students deepen their learning?
  • How might you use Skype or other video chat applications in your classroom?
  • Describe the new pedagogies* that you witnessed. Discuss.
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  *New pedagogies can be succinctly defined as:
  1. New learning partnerships between and among students and teachers.
  2. Deep learning tasks that re-structure the learning process towards knowledge creation and purposeful use.
  3. Digital tools and resources that enable and accelerate the process of deep learning.

Fullan, M., & Langworthy, M. (2014). A rich seam: How new pedagogies find deep learning. London: Pearson.

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