This past summer, I discovered Periscope. I immediately wondered how educators could use this tool in their classrooms.

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Although intrigued, I was not convinced that it would be worth using. My initial hesitation included concerns about unrestricted steaming comments while broadcasting videos.

When I saw Periscope used in a classroom, I quickly realized it’s potential. It can be transformative to the classroom environment.

Explore the world through someone else’s eyes. -Periscope

Lindsey Cracraft’s first grade class has been using Periscope this year to share what’s happening in their classroom. Here’s what I’ve observed:

  • Students (first graders!) are using social media to share their story, communicating what’s happening in their school and with their learning.
  • Walls are breaking down (figuratively, of course) as those outside of their learning community are being invited in.
  • They are building an open, collaborative culture of where students are empowered as digital leaders.

A few notes addressing privacy concerns with Periscope:

  1. You have the ability to hide your location before each broadcast.
  2. You can choose to host a ‘Private Broadcast’ which does not show up in the Watch table and only notifies those who you select.
  3. You can change the chat feature to ‘only users you follow can chat’ so there are no unrestricted steaming comments while broadcasting videos.

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