Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Periscope: The New PD Frontier

When it comes to professional development opportunities, I sometimes feel that my location can be limiting with opportunities that I have. While there are many different ways to connect, learn, and grow with fellow teachers, I have found that attending conferences and meeting face-to-face is not always the most cost-effective option. As my husband and I started our journey back from Vegas this past week I knew that I wanted a way to keep the value of the face-to-face meet-up alive, but I knew that large conferences were not always the most pocket friendly option.

Throughout the conference, I kept hearing about the meet-ups on a new app called Periscope. In the midst of one of my sessions, I finally downloaded the app and set up an account. I was instantly hooked. It is a way to connect with other like-minded individuals, communicate, and really see into each other's classrooms. While I haven't been brave enough to actually broadcast myself (yet), I have enjoyed reaching out to other teachers, seeing glimpses into their daily lives, and sharing tips. I am hopeful for what this app offers--a sense of connection. The biggest thing I struggled with last school year was that I felt isolated. Not only was I at a tiny school, but I felt that many of my teaching peers were not actively out searching for modern teaching practice resources. I am hoping that with this application that it will allow me to share my daily teaching struggles, ideas, and communicate with my peers. 

Join me for my FIRST live Periscope (from my classroom): Sunday, July 19th @ 12:30 PM PST