Friday 20 January 2017

Periscope in Education

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)
I was with some wonderful educators (Kim Pollishuke, Jocelyn Kervin, and Laura Collins) who joined my 15 minutes and we spoke about eliminating homework, grades, and subjects areas as well as engaging learners earlier in mindsets created in events like EdTech Camps.  We are all hesitant at first - wondering what we would say, but when our time came, the discourse came organically.  We received hearts from viewers, loving comments, etc. and it allowed us time to reflect and share some of our education passions. Afterward, it is safe to say that we were all happy we took the risk and participated.

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 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.

Authentic Voice
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.

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