4 Ways Savvy Teachers Use Periscope In The Classroom

Technology In the classroom

Increasingly, social media platforms are accepted as instructional tools, especially for increasing student engagement and making learning relevant for students. Periscope, having launched on March 26, 2015, is a new kid on the block in terms of social media platforms. Nonetheless, its live broadcasting capabilities equate to endless possibilities for turning your classroom into a global learning environment. As with using any social media tool, teachers should always put safety measures in place to protect students and teach students about online etiquette, and the benefits of doing so can result in amazing classroom experiences for both teachers and students. In this post, I suggest 4 ways teachers can use Periscope in the classroom.

Share Lessons Live
The first way that teachers can use periscope in the classroom is to share lessons live with other teachers. Broadcasting lessons live and allowing other teachers to have a glimpse you’re your classroom can be a powerful professional development tool. It allows peers to have a glimpse of the lessons you are delivering and the learning your students engage in which can then be applied in their classrooms. Periscope is also a great tool for getting into other classrooms and learning from other teachers without physically having to leave your school. Using Periscope as way to broadcast lessons live has endless collaboration and professional development possibilities.

Host Homework Help Sessions
The second way that we can use periscope in the classroom is to host live homework help sessions for students via the live streaming app. Effectively executing this strategy would likely require a private Periscope account that only your students have access to, but the possibilities and benefits are well worth the extra effort. Imagine hosting live homework help sessions, tutoring sessions, or other collaborative work sessions with your students several times a week where students can “give hearts” when they understand and use the comment feature to ask questions. Using landscape mode would easily allow the use of a whiteboard to write examples if needed. By saving your broadcast, or using other software like #Katch, you can save your recordings and use them as a virtual help center that students can resource as needed.

Cultivate Student Broadcasters
The classroom is a place where students learn and collaborate. It’s also the perfect environment for building self-esteem and development communication skills. The third way I suggest Periscope be used in the classroom is allowing students to be the broadcaster. Students can talk about current events, they can teach on a topic they’ve recently learned about, or host story time. Not only does this allow students to hone their communication skills, it also models how to use social media in a positive way, to connect with the world and display what they are learning. Activities like this are a tangible way to demonstrate that the learning is global and the classroom is not confined to the four walls of the physical classroom.

Teach Collaborative Lessons
The benefits of co-teaching lessons include, heightened engagement and interactivity for students, the ability for teachers to learn from the strengths of other teachers, and enormous opportunities for collaboration by both student and teacher. My forth suggestion for using Periscope is to teach collaborative lessons with teachers. One way to facilitate a collaborative lesson on periscope is to follow a plan similar to this:
1. Reach out to a few awesome teachers that may not be in close proximity but that teach the same grade and content
2. Use Google Hangouts to co-plan a lesson. Plan which teachers will facilitate each part of the class.
3. Plan a date and time to co-teach the lesson live on Periscope!
4. Invite your other teacher friends via social media.
5. Because technology has been known to not always function properly, have a back-up plan.
6. Teach and have fun!

If you ever seen broadcasters “pass the scope”, you’ll be able to easily visualize how teachers can use Periscope to “pass the lesson”. Image one teacher presenting in a classroom in Atlanta while a class of students in Indianapolis learn alongside that class. Then a teacher in Phoenix continuing the lesson while students in Jacksonville get excited about learning from a guest teacher. Collaborative teaching through Periscope has the potential to be innovative in terms of making the classroom and global learning space.
There are many opportunities for using Periscope as a learning and teaching tool in the classroom. The unique nature of its live broadcasting capabilities means that teachers can present opportunities for students to experience learning in ways not previously done before. How do you envision using Periscope in your classroom? Tweet me @EdupreneurToday to let me know.



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    • kporterisom@gmail.com

      Thanks so much Mora!

  • Cleo

    This is so timely. I will be moving to 4rth grade next year and literally was looking for resources on how to create lessons, tutorials and interactive content.
    Thanks very much Kiana♡ You are such a resource and my “go-to boss”☆☆☆☆☆