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"Scope Out" Other Schools on August 6

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Jul 30, 2015 9:16:00 AM
Topics: social media, K-12
Mark your calendars for August 6 for virtual tours of 24 schools across the country using the live streaming tool Periscope.



We work with more than 400 private K-12 schools across the country, so I’m often asked for recommendations on schools to visit, so schools can see first-hand how another school has implemented their 1:1 initiative or redesigned their learning spaces. I have a list of a couple dozen I’ve visited personally, and a few more that I follow regularly because there is always something interesting happening there. But I was excited when I heard about #periScopeOut, an opportunity for schools to use the live streaming tool Periscope to virtually visit other schools and show off their own learning spaces.  

Created by Jeff Herb (@JeffHerb), principal of Dundee Middle School in Chicago, and Todd Nesloney (@TechNinjaTodd), Principal/Lead Learner at Webb Elementary in Navasota, Texas, periScopeOut was a chance to give people a look at what is happening at other schools without the airfare or even filling up your gas tank.

More than 20 schools have signed up to participate over the course of the day, with a new school showcasing their learning spaces every 15 minutes. Be sure to check out our partner school Friends School of Baltimore at 3pm CT, led by teacher Heidi Hutchison (@HeidiHutchison).

What is Periscope?

Periscope is a live video streaming app so you can share with the world what you are seeing. People can join your stream, type in questions for you to answer in real time, and like your content by sending hearts. Like most other social media, you can follow specific users so you will be notified when someone is streaming a video. You can also watch the replay for up to 24 hours after it has ended. Learn more and download the app here. Still need more information? Here is an infographic created by former educator Tony Vincent about using Periscope.

Where can I get more information about periScopeOut?

Check out Jeff Herb’s blog post about the event and also the periScopeOut page. You can see the spreadsheet with the list of schools participating, as well as the people you can follow who will be showcasing their school.

Due to how quickly the schedule filled up, I would wager this will be a recurring event. Any school looking for examples of how other schools might be addressing a design or implementation challenge should pop into a few sessions on periScopeOut on August 6, and then consider signing up to participate in a future event.
If you are on Periscope, or any other social media platform, please let us know so we can follow and learn from you.

About Carrie Watkins

Carrie is a former digital consultant for MBS Direct, who specialized in traveling around the country to learn about new products and services MBS Direct can provide to partner schools and bringing those ideas back into the office to work on with the digital solutions team.

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