Susan Riley | September 2015

Up Periscope! Reimagining Arts Integration Professional Development

Have you heard of the newest social media platform #Periscope?

It’s an app you can download for free allowing anyone to produce a live broadcast that can be sent out to their followers.  People can join in right away, and ask questions, share comments, etc. You can even tap on the screen to share some hearts if they like something.

Right now, this platform is growing at an exponential rate and is being used for all kinds of new ideas and sharing.  I know many of my own mentors use it to help connect more quickly with their students.  As I began thinking about how I was going to find time to join yet another new social media outlet, I actually started to get excited about the possibilities for teacher professional development.

So we tried an experiment – and oh boy did it take off!  I broadcast my first Periscope LIVE last Tuesday and shared one of my new favorite arts integration strategies: Cross-Cutting.  I also used the opportunity to say hello to everyone who jumped on, answer some questions and get some instant feedback.  We had over 100 people viewing live and even more watched the replay.  What a powerful communication tool!  And what a great way to share some immediately useful professional development.  Take a look in today’s EdCloset On-Demand – Periscope edition:

Now, the only “snag” with Periscope is that the video is only available to replay for 24 hours.  But I found a work-around!  You can save the video to your phone and then immediately upload it to YouTube (which is exactly what I did).  That way, your video is available whenever and wherever you want.

I’ll be going live on Periscope every Tuesday at 9:00 PM ET and you can find me using @educationcloset – so download the app and join me!  I’d love to say hi and connect with you all.  Up #Periscope!

About the Author

Susan Riley is the founder and CEO of The Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, STEAM, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and STEAM education. Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter. Email Susan