Yesterday I participated in #passthescopeEDU. It was a global event wherein participants from the US, Canada, Argentina, and even Singapore mused on the theme #WhatIf2017. Each participant was given a 15 minute time block wherein they shared their #WhatIf thoughts.
|These crazy ladies! (Photo taken by K. Pollishuke)
The exercise got me to thinking about the use of Periscope in the classroom which led to an overall thought about the scope (pardon the pun) and reach social media platforms of this nature (Facebook Live, Google Hangouts, Skype, etc.) can have in education. Furthermore, I was inspired to share my thoughts to a wider audience - practicing what I preach so to speak.
Three Benefits of Taking your Classroom/School Global
Real World Exposure
We are constantly saying we want to prepare students for the real world...so why aren't we exposing them to this world? Social media platforms allow connections with professionals you would not normally have access to as well as other students with varying experiences, cultural backgrounds, and ideas.
There is something to be said for taking the risk and sharing to a broad audience. It can solicit honest, unbias feedback. It allows the students to go beyond knowing what the teacher wants to hear and makes them consider multiple perspectives.
Inclusive of the Community
It is a great way to include community stakeholders who might not normally get to participate. Sharing a link to the daytime school concert or awards assembly can allow working parents, distant relatives, etc. Participate in the students' daily jexperiences.
While there are always concerns about privacy, potential tech issues, and time to co-ordinate this worth of things, I think the benefits are worth it to try to make it work.
Note: like any time you are using the internet with students ensure you discuss digital citizenship with your students and have proper permissions from parents/guardians.