Periscope is a live streaming video mobile app purchased by Twitter in February of 2015, has been the talk of the town since its official launch on March 26, 2015. If you want to know more about its functionalities and get familiar with its interface, check out this pretty exhaustive periscope guide. Warning, it is more than 6 pages long.
So how can Periscope be used for learning? Here are some ways i think periscope can be useful for learning and instruction:
There are skillsets that are hard to impart simply by lessons alone. These are often skills that require learners to “hands-on” or “follow along” in order to master them. This can range from subjects like how does one stand when speaking, how to use tools like the protractor or pipette to how to execute a good bat swing. As a live streaming video tool, Periscope i extremely useful when a skill is best learned visually. The best part about Periscope like all other Web 2.0 tools is that it is not confined geographically. In other words, learners do not need mobility to travel to where you are for a “hands-on” session. They can watch you from any part of the world.
When i first got to United States, the first thing that really impressed me was the huge number of national parks with rich learning content on biology, geology and various natural sciences. Unfortunately, unless you are born in the United States or have the resources to get here, many in the world do not have the ability to access this huge repertoire of knowledge. National parks are just one of those places with rich learning content but bounded geographically. Since you cannot bring those who are interested in these places, you can bring these places to people who never had a chance to see them! Just image doing a live stream of the Domes and Dripstone tour in Mammoth Cave! Your audiences from all over the world are now able to learn something they have no access to right at where they are!
Bring the classroom home
Periscope provides teachers and instructors with a great tool to conduct Q&A anytime and anywhere. This allows students to accelerate their learning curve and learn even when they are out of the classroom. Teachers can initiate a short Q&A session after school for students to text in questions they might have regarding their homework, and have them answered live. In this way, students do not have to wait till the next face-to-face session to clarify their queries. When used together with collaborative tools and peer-tutoring, periscope can cultivate a culture and habit of continuous learning among students.