My newest social media addiction!
Have you heard about Periscope? My first experience with this new social media app was with the dynamic duo of Angie Olson - Lucky Little Learners (@MrsAOlson) and Ashley Schroeder - Schroeder Shenanigans in Second (@schroedershenan). I was feeling quite down about not being able to attend the 2015 TPT Vegas Conference. These ladies decided to bring the conference and the Vegas experience to us. They did their first Periscope from the airport and from then on I was hooked. I got a window into the conference that I never expected to have.
Let me back up for a minute for those of you who don't know what this is. Periscope is a live broadcasting app that is associated with Twitter. You download it from the app store and then you can associate it with Twitter to populate your information. Apparently you can also join by using your cell phone number - not as sure about this option. With this app you can watch live broadcasts and interact with the broadcaster by typing comments to them and by giving these happy, colorful hearts to show that you are enjoying the broadcast.
Once you are all signed up you can go and search for people to follow. If you are a Twitter user it populates with people on Periscope that you are already following on Twitter. You can also add people while watching a broadcast by tapping on their comments and then checking their profile and clicking follow. Angie and Ashley also started a number of hashtags to get the movement rolling. The most popular is #periscopeteachers. Use this to find teachers to follow. You can also search for teachers in the same grade as you using #findmyteachertribe and for me #firstgradetribe. These hashtags have exploded. Teachers are taking over Periscope!!!
How do you know someone is broadcasting - the whistle, of course! #runforthewhistle. Each time someone you are following is about to broadcast you get a whistle alert to your phone.
So back to my experience... @year2tastic, a lovely teacher from the UK challenged me to take the #periscopeteacherchallenge. I had to go on and live broadcast 3 things about myself and then nominate 3 people to take the challenge as well. Let me just say I was honored and scared!!!! I do not like having my photo taken and I am not fond of being videotaped at anytime. However, a challenge is a challenge and after some practicing in front of my mirror and a few dry runs just videoing myself I went for it. Unfortunately (or fortunately) each "scope" is only available for 24 hours, so mine is not available any longer. I do have it saved on my phone but I am not sure how I could share it. Here are a few pics from the broadcast - none of me. Have you ever tried to take a pic of a video of someone talking? Lets just say the pics weren't pretty. I tried and none of those pictures will ever be seen! These are of a product that I just finished and talked about. I started my scope sharing this to build up the courage to then flip the camera onto me.
I plan to scope again. I am going to be in my classroom in a few weeks to deal with a few organizational things so I plan to scope from there, maybe even sooner if I have an aha moment that I must share! I think it is a great way to share tips, tricks and give people a window into my classroom and my life. I will send out a tweet and a post on instagram to give a "LIVE IN 5" warning.
Thank you to Sheila Jane Teaching for creating this linkup. I hope to meet many new teachers through Periscope.
You can find me as on Periscope and Twitter as:
I'm on Instagram as:
Are you on Periscope. Comment below with your periscope name and I will look for you there!