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Classes Take Trips Around The World Through This Game

Teachers are using a game called Mystery Skype to teach geography and connect with classes around the country and world.
Glasgow Middle School students Sarah Hoffmann, left, and Sophia Turay scribble on a map during a game of Mystery Skype while they try to narrow down another class's location. Source: Amanda Morris

The rules for playing Mystery Skype are simple: Students can only ask "yes" or "no" questions, and whichever class guesses the other's location first wins.

At Glasgow Middle School in Alexandria, Va., an eighth-grade class plays through video chat with another classroom.

"Are you north of Virginia?"

"Do you border an ocean?"

"Is your state one of the original 13 colonies?"

After about 45 minutes of back-and-forth, the students think they

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