Saturday, July 11, 2015

Periscope: A Teacher's New Best Friend

Periscope...it's all the rage in the Teacher World this week!  Have you tried it?  No?  What the heck is that, you ask.  Periscope is a live-streaming video app that allows you to interact in real-time with your audience or vice versa.  You can download the app for free, take a deep breath, turn the camera around on YOU, and channel your inner Oprah to create a live broadcast that is available online for 24 hours.  Your followers get a notification that you are about to "go live" and can join you in real-time.

If you are doing a broadcast, you can see who joins in and what comments or questions they are posing so you can respond.  You can also see how much love your followers are giving you with the flow of hearts on the side of the screen, which is generated by tapping the screen with your finger.  Followers usually give you love if they like what you're saying, want to encourage you to keep doing what you're doing, or if they are watching with a four year old by their side...which is typically the case in my scenario...she likes to give lots of love to whomever we are watching!

Nervous to create your first broadcast?  First of all, I don't blame you.  It's intimidating to think about turning the camera phone around on yourself and having to speak without losing your train of thought or stammering.  But, guess what, most people start out that way...you are definitely not alone.  My first scope was a few nights ago around midnight in my newborn daughter's nursery.  I was rocking her to sleep after a rough day from immunizations.  It was definitely not my most glamorous moment, but it was authentic.  People connect with being real.  And, I'm sure that you will be surprised about how much support you might receive on this platform by being yourself.


Want to just be a "creeper peeper" on Periscope first?  Go ahead...I mean within reason, of course.  Explore on Periscope and see what's being posted around the world.  I watched a scope from a woman who was touring the Greek ruins along the Aegean Sea a few days ago.   That was so cool.  I didn't comment or even tap the screen to give her love, but it allowed me to explore a little before getting started on my own.  Plus, broadcasts are available to watch on replay within 24 hours of posting, so even if you don't catch one live you can always replay without worrying about the interaction factor.

There are tremendous possibilities of how to use this app for professional development and in the classroom.  Stay tuned to a future blog post that discusses some ideas on what you may be able to do with this app! sig signup3 photo blog sig signup3.png

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