The big news out of SXSW has been talk of live video streaming made easy and social. Meerkat was rumored to be the biggest thing to bring live video streaming to your smartphone.
Then Twitter spoiled the party (for Meerkat) and demonstrated what happens when a major player in social media jumps into the fray. Long story short, they acquired an app called Periscope and it just went live, like, a few moments ago.
What Is Periscope?
If you’re in a super duper rush, go install the Periscope app, log in with Twitter, and claim your username NOW before someone else snatches it up. It’s one of those few times you can get a username that you actually want rather than johnnybgood42593. Now you can be ‘johnny’ for once!
Wait, want to actually know what you’re signing up for? Here’s the quick version:
Periscope lets you easily start a live broadcast using your smartphone. It’s owned by Twitter so there’s deep integration. You sign in with Twitter, tweet that you’re broadcasting, and generally use it to do public livestreaming. It has great potential once people get over the novelty of livestreaming themselves watching a movie and taking a nap. Webcams are nothing new, to be sure. Hopefully many people will create scheduled live events and be able to share their lives a bit more than previously thought.
Why It Matters
It’s one of the simplest and useful ways to have a live broadcast all your own. People can comment and ‘heart’ what you’re doing but it’s launching at a great time in the world of social networks. There are smartphones all over the place and being able to livestream with ease from anywhere (whether it’s random or an important news event) is a great resource for anyone with a smartphone.
That goes doubly so for the world of education. Teachers can teach from home during a snowday. Students can present their work while on a field trip. Students can do live broadcasts that are watched by other classrooms around the world. It’s all free, to boot.
For broadcasters, Periscope lets you share an experience with others. Press a button, and instantly notify your followers that you’re live. Whether you’re witnessing your daughter’s first steps or a newsworthy event, Periscope offers an audience and the power of a shared experience. Most mobile broadcasting tools feel far from live. Broadcasters on Periscope are directly connected to their audience, able to feel their presence and interact. Going live on Periscope means more than a blinking red dot. –Medium
What The Periscope App Looks Like
We set up an account with username DailyGenius (naturally!) so feel free to follow us if you like. We’re going to broadcast at pre-scheduled times and will announce it all via @DailyGenius on Twitter. Just, you know, FYI.
What Teachers Should Know About Periscope
Here are a few key tidbits to know before saying ‘hey look a shiny new popular app that lets me do stuff with students!’
- It’s live. That means people can swear and act crudely. Know which stream you’re going to watch!
- Seriously. It’s live. Beware using this in an educational setting. Not for beginners.
- Your students WILL be using this app. They are already using it. You can actually watch them and they likely won’t notice, too.
- Try it out on your own and then use it with friends and colleagues. Take your time. Don’t jump on the ‘hot new app’ train just because it’s being discussed a lot. I can’t stress that enough.