Thursday, February 11, 2016

Periscope? But Why?

Seriously...I have been asking myself this question since I last heard about it last summer.  I fought it...I really did.  My brain has been churning lately with some ideas and now...

Not sure what Periscope is?  I did some research when trying to decide how to explain it to you...and the people over at seemed to do it best.  I've linked to their original post and then summarized some of it for you here.  CLICK HERE to see their full post (well worth it!). 

Periscope is essentially a way to broadcast live--like a mini TV station.  People broadcast their cats sleeping.  They broadcast seminars.  They broadcast themselves cooking.

This is not what I plan to do.

My goal is really to continue to find ways to make my blog more interactive and to find more ways to truly HELP teachers do their job well.  Professional development is so lacking in our schools...and I have been so blessed to have the opportunity to share my knowledge via my blog--but I have had so many requests for more.  People want to know more about teaching methods.  About how I DO certain things.  I have a host of other ideas...and you'll just have to wait to see!  The thought of having my voice out there kind of freaks me out a little bit...but I promise to try to not be too cheesy.  I will also give the disclaimer that I am not cute nor giggly nor fashion forward.  Still possibly interested?  

You are a brave soul.

In the blog post menioned earlier, they explain a little more about Periscope and continue by sharing some key terminology.  Starting to get intrigued?  Check out these terms:
  • Scoper – A person who uses Periscope
  • Scope – Each time you live-broadcast a session, you are creating a scope. it's like an "episode" or video.
  • Hearts – One way people show their appreciation for what is being discussed is by tapping on the screen and giving a hearts--kind of similar to "liking" a Facebook post or tweet. 
  • Replay – Currently, Periscope lets your broadcast be recorded so other scopes can replay the broadcast for 24 hours.
  • Follow – Scopers follow each other. It is no different than liking a page on Facebook or following a user on Twitter. Lots of people "follow" people and never make their own broadcasts.
So--I'm curious to hear your thoughts. Who is on Periscope already?  Who is a little intrigued by the chance to have a more interactive "blog post" format where you can see and hear the information--not just read it? I would really and truly like to know your thoughts . . . so if you are willing to take two minutes (seriously . . . maybe not even) to take this little survey, it will help me see what my readers are thinking about the whole idea!

I am excited about this "less traditional" way of interacting with all of you--so why don't you take a risk and try it with me!  Chime in and let me know your ideas...


  1. I'm on periscope. I joined last summer but have kind of lost interest because all the things I've seen have been people begging to the hearts/likes and wasted lots of time. I am all for learning from others who have great ideas and experiences to share, but so far the ones I've watched have been disappointing. I'm happy to follow you and learn from you. Thanks for sharing!
    Are We There Yet?

  2. I totally agree, Janie! I am not in this because I want hearts...I just want to share and interact with people who want to make their teaching better! I welcome your feedback as I get going...I did my first broadcast this morning and hope you can catch the replay!