The existence of social media applications and sites has revolutionized life in the 21st century. Individuals and institutions have been smart in utilizing these technologies to promote their respective objectives. Educational institutions, for instance, have been transforming the learning process by using reliable applications like Periscope.
What is Periscope? Recently, Twitter’s new live streaming service, Periscope, has been making noise in the virtual world. It allows people to host, watch, and share live video broadcasts of anything with their mobile phones.
Some educators have applauded this new app while others are more reserved. To help you decide what side you are on, here are five things about using Periscope in education that you ought to know.
Periscope Offers New Opportunities
The app opens educators and students alike to more learning opportunities. Teachers can use it for streaming demo lessons, virtual field trips, conferences, live tutorials, and many other activities. For students, Periscope provides the ability to connect with students and educators from different parts of the world without the need to book flights. It eliminates geographical boundaries and creates a virtual international learning network.
Periscope Can Increase Students’ Enthusiasm
Individuals have a tendency to show off in front of an audience. For students, this means that they exert more effort when they know someone is watching them. Some teachers shared that their students ask them to Periscope their class activities. Educators can capitalize on this eagerness to improve the learning process in classrooms.
Periscope Presents Privacy Concerns
Because of social media’s characteristics, an app like Periscope presents various issues, particularly on privacy. A person has no way of controlling the comments or how a video he posted will be used by another user. This could endanger the interests of the students.
Fortunately, Periscope has features that cover certain privacy issues. A user can opt to turn his location off so that his location will not be shared once he begins streaming. He may also turn off the option to share his broadcast on Twitter so that only his Periscope followers can see his video. Periscope, by default, allows anyone watching a stream to send messages to the host. This feature can be tweaked only to allow followers to send messages. Most importantly, a stream may be set to be accessible only to certain Periscope users.
Videos Do Not Last More Than 24 Hours
After streaming, a video will be available for replay viewing only for 24 hours before it is taken down. But a user may choose to save the video to his phone and upload it somewhere else for archiving.
Users Must Be 13 and Older
Similar to Twitter’s policy, Periscope requires that its users be 13 years old and above. Educators must keep this in mind. It is also important to seek the consent of the students before filming them.
Periscope gives educators the chance to get creative in strengthening the learning process in schools. But with this powerful technology comes their responsibility to consider and possibly counter the cons.
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