Movie
12 minute overview of the videoconference. Show your students!
NOTE: We no longer have long school introductions or the clarifying questions. Welcome to the new 1 hour MysteryQuest!

Sample Visuals

Visual clues can really make a difference in note taking if we have audio problems. Often students read clues too fast and quiet for other students to write them down. So the best solution is to include visual clues to accompany your presentation. This is HIGHLY recommended.
Posters
Posters are the easiest way to share a visual clue but can also be the most difficult to show effectively in a videoconference. In presentations where the other class is taking notes, clear posters are crucial. Even in presentations where the partner class is listening, it is still very frustrating when posters aren’t clear. Placing a poster on an easel keeps the poster still and is therefore easier for the other class to see it. Make sure the font is large and easy to read.
• Your poster should only include information that is needed to answer the MysteryQuest questions. All extra information should be presented separately.
• Bottom Line: Large text, strong contrast with no light colors for lettering, and very large pictures or drawings. Huge thick lines for drawing and writing are best. Test your poster by holding it up; across the room to see if you can still read it. Have students read their part off of the back of the poster instead of the front. This makes it easier to hold the poster still (if not using and easel.)

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Poster by Mrs. Jordan's class, Dowagiac, MI
(Text is 72 pt font.)
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Poster by Mrs. Jordan's class, Dowagiac, MI
(Text is 72 pt font.)
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Poster by Ms. Montgomery's class, Hillsboro, TX
Document Camera
Many videoconference systems include a document camera. You can put 8 1/2 by 11 pages (landscape) on the document camera to share clues. Ask your distance learning or technology coordinator if you have access to a document camera.
You may want to consider some plan so that we can see the students, then the document camera, then the students again.
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Plain pages with large font
by Mr. Gaynor's class, Ann Arbor, MI
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Pictures and clues
by Ms. Mufferi's class, Absecon, NJ
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Even 3-D objects can go on a document camera!
by Ms. Mufferi's class, Absecon, NJ
PowerPoint
If you're really up for using technology, ask your distance learning or technology coordinator if you can hook up a computer to your videoconference equipment. Make sure you use large letters. Avoid red. Dark backgrounds with contrasting light text works best. If possible, test the PowerPoint ahead of time to make sure it can be read.
You may want to consider some plan so that we can see the students, then the PowerPoint, then the students again. Or show the PP as a review at the end of your presentation if there is time in your allotted 5-7 minutes.
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Review of clues
by Mrs. Vigna's class, Lake Shore, MI
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Blue background & white text
by Mr. Lenz's class, Britton, MI
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Clue and picture
by Ms. Blamer's class, Fremont, MI
Revealing Your Answer
A visual aid for revealing your answer is also a nice touch, especially if your city or country has a long and complicated spelling.
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Poster
by Ms. Blamer's class, Fremont, MI
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Flag, names, and an extra visual
by Ms. Knoll's class, New Buffalo, MI