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  • Jeff Madlock

Periscope for Your Classroom

Twitter released a live video broadcasting app called Periscope earlier in 2015. It has really taken the world by storm, unseating a variety of other, longer-standing apps that do the same (or similar) things. But, how can you take advantage of Periscope when it comes to your classroom?

Before we answer that, let’s consider a couple of things about *ANY* social media and your classroom:

  1. Check with your district’s policy regarding social media and classroom use. Make sure you follow the policy and/or talk with you rule-making body at the district should some rules need to be tweaked.

  2. Be sure you have permission to use students in video. Again, refer to your district policy regarding such matters.

  3. If posting with students involved directly, post *AFTER* you have completed the task, been to the event, etc. Do not post before nor during the event as your location may be revealed. You do not want potential problems to arise because certain people knew where certain children were.

  4. Disable location services in the app. This prevents your location from being attached to your broadcast.

  5. Disable auto-Tweet, if applicable. Periscope is set to automatically tweet out when you start broadcasting. You might not want this. Then again, maybe you do. Just be aware of it and adjust accordingly.

  6. Adjust Chat settings as needed. You can set the chat to be open to everyone, to no one, or to just those that are following you. This can help reduce exposure, trolls, etc.

  7. Adjust audience for your broadcast. You can lock down your broadcast such that only the folks you specify can see it.

Periscope With Students

  1. Have selected students (and this could rotate as you see fit) perform live “Class News” segments. This could be as simple or as elaborate you (or the students) want. It could be a couple students standing or sitting and doing a weekly wrap-up of what they learned/what was taught that week. It could be a produced piece where some of it is live and some of it includes already-recorded interviews, segments, etc, like a TV news show.

  2. Have the students work on course-related material and have them broadcast their project to peers, parents, etc.

  3. Have the students pick topics that are important to them (maybe something they’d like to change about the school or saving a particular program, etc) and then have them stage a live broadcast to drum up support for their viewpoint.

Periscope As a Teacher

  1. Look for Periscope sessions others are broadcasting that are related to your course(s). Then, as that person is broadcasting live, show it on your in-class projection system.

  2. Broadcast your own classroom updates – either as review or as a way to reach out to students who missed class. These could be pre-recorded or could be live. Have the chat available for Q&A.

  3. Broadcast tips, tricks, etc for your colleagues.

  4. Broadcast PLN Meetings for those who cannot attend and/or for your administrators, etc to attend virtually.

  5. If you have permission from the speaker, you could Periscope a session or workshop you are attending from a conference. BE AWARE: Most conferences do *NOT* allow this (yet). Presentations at most conferences and/or by many presenters are considered copyright and do not give permission to broadcast, record, etc. But, it never hurts to ask!

  6. Hold office hours for your students – turn on Periscope and let your students interact with you.

There are LOTS of other ways that you can incorporate Periscope as well. For example, we here at EduTechGuys use Periscope in conjunction with our online radio broadcasts as a way to let folks get a “behind-the-scenes” view of what goes on during our radio shows. You could turn on Periscope during your class and broadcast yourself giving the lessons, a lecture, etc.

Have other cool ways to use Periscope in your classroom? Share them with us!

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