This past summer, I discovered Periscope. I immediately wondered how educators could use this tool in their classrooms.
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:
- You have the ability to hide your location before each broadcast.
- You can choose to host a ‘Private Broadcast’ which does not show up in the Watch table and only notifies those who you select.
- You can change the chat feature to ‘only users you follow can chat’ so there are no unrestricted steaming comments while broadcasting videos.