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Recently we have started having teachers host mystery hangouts. A mystery hangout is when you have a class connect with another class in the world using Google hangouts. The catch is neither class knows where the other is located. Students must use collaboration, communication, and geography skills to determine which state, city, or country the other class in.

In the past several weeks we have had classes at NIS and WCES participate in this AWESOME task. If you would like to get this going at your campus, let us know.


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