A great way that Periscope, the free broadcasting app, can be used at a conference

Submitted by Fiona Beal

The biggest technology conference in the world, ISTE, is due to take place in Denver, USA this month. I have once again joined the NOTATISTE Google Community which runs parallel to ISTE with exciting ideas and great sharing. It’s amazing what you can learn from this community! I have already picked up some great things about Periscope, the free broadcasting app, by reading something that Tony Vincent posted in the community.

What is Periscope

Periscope is a free, live-streaming app. It was purchased by Twitter and made its debut March 26, 2015. It is available on Android and iOS devices. It allows you to “go live” via your mobile device anytime and anywhere. You almost become a live broadcasting station, streaming video and audio to any viewers/followers who choose to join your broadcast. Read more here. I have used Persicope once as a live broadcasting tool,  but I sometimes tune into the little whistle that tells me that a live Persicope session is taking place.

Last year Tony Vincent took Periscope and his iRig Microphone HD to ISTE 2015 to interview teachers who were presenting poster sessions. At that time Periscope only recorded vertical video but with its updates it now broadcasts vertical video. I learned so many interesting things by watching Tony’s video of his Periscope recordings on YouTube. I’ll share one of the poster sessions he recorded of the ‘From wandering to wondering‘ project on using the Big6 for teaching information and technology skills. I learned about two interesting applications/ideas from this interview:

1. The Big6?

I hadn’t heard about this before but theBig6 is a six-stage model to help anyone solve problems or make decisions by using information and technology. Some call it information literacy, information communication, or ICT skills, or a process, but we call it the Big6.”

2. Smore.com

Smore is a way to display a beautifully designed newsletters or posters online.

The interview using Periscope

I used Tube Chop to cut this Periscope interview on the Big6 out of the YouTube video. The URL: http://www.tubechop.com/watch/8070310

The Smore example

Here is the project ‘From wandering to wondering’ outlined in Smore: https://www.smore.com/1pcw1-from-wandering-to-wondering. In this project the students brainstormed the things they ‘wondered’ about  and then they each chose their own wonder to research. “The method was simple … sticky notes and a bulletin board! Posting wonders in the classroom encourages more wondering … students can wonder any time of the day and post it up on the board. And, can begin the research process anytime in the classroom!”

Tony Vincent is going to be broadcasting from ISTE again this year using Periscope’s updated features. Follow his blog post and find out more at http://learninginhand.com/blog/iste2016  

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