Periscope in Education – but in the classroom?

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Periscope is a live video streaming app that connects with Twitter and can be launched quickly from your mobile device. As soon as you begin streaming, your Twitter followers receive a notice that you are streaming on Periscope and can tune in.

Twitter users were clamoring for live video and as soon as it was introduced, educators began brainstorming ways to use it in the classroom.

There are certainly creative ways teachers have leveraged Periscope in their classrooms. The best that I have seen is for virtual field trips. Teachers have recorded their visits to historical landmarks, museums, and anywhere that provides a learning opportunity that the entire class can’t attend.

Beyond that, I see too many red flags for turning on Periscope in the classroom. The first is that – unless you are leading a distance learning effort (for which there are better tools) – your class is sitting in front of you. I would love to be the Principal that walks into a history class and witnesses the teacher rocking a video selfie while the class watches on their phones!

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