Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Twitter is Not Just for Text Anymore - Say Hello to Livestreaming via Periscope

Twitter’s new Periscope app has quickly become one of the most buzzed about new apps out there.

The new app allows people to live stream what ever they want, from news stories to unexciting events like two dogs playing...which was just being streamed and had 184 viewers.

Where did this idea come from? Twitter states...

"What if you could see through the eyes of a protester in Ukraine? Or watch the sunrise from a hot air balloon in Cappadocia? It may sound crazy, but we wanted to build the closest thing to teleportation. While there are many ways to discover events and places, we realized there is no better way to experience a place right now than through live video. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but live video can take you someplace and show you around."

Because of its fledgling status - most of the streams being posted right now are a bit mundane as people begin to experiment with what could be. Right now on periscope there are haircuts, walking dogs, getting ice cream and some crazy experiments.

But how might Periscope be useful in the classroom?
One has to remember that this goes live to the public so be very careful about getting permission and showing actual student faces.

Here are five ideas that might allow students to use this effectively in the classroom:

1. Broadcast lessons for those students who might not be able to attend because they are sick or away from school.

2. Broadcast plays and performances happening at school for parents who can not attend due to other obligations.

3. Broadcast students doing work/projects in class for parents to see - this could help spark conversations at dinner and allow parents to see the culture of the classroom.

4. Allow students to broadcast their speeches or steam questions to help them find people who might be able to offer a better answer.

5. Give students a soap box to broadcast their speeches, learning or ideas.

Today, I watched one teacher live stream a call for comments on blogs her students were doing - and she walked around showing her students writing the blogs. Kudos to her for being an early adopter.

Since oral language is a really important skill to develop - periscope just might be the global audience some students needs to articulately broadcast their ideas and questions.

It will be interesting to see what happens with Periscope...it could be an interesting journey!

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