I get a lot of questions from readers. Through email and social media, teachers ask me all kinds of questions about teaching, classroom management, dealing with colleagues, technology, all kinds of things. And a lot of the time, the answers are kind of complicated, responses would take a few minutes to explain. Answers that require a conversation, not a simple email.
So I’m now answering one reader question per week in a video broadcast on Periscope. If you’re not sure what Periscope is or how to use it, don’t worry. It’s a simple smartphone app. Click HERE to go to the end of this page, where you’ll find instructions.
The live broadcast is on Tuesday nights at 8:30 pm EST (U.S.). If you can’t make the weekly live broadcast, never fear. I have saved each show on a separate YouTube playlist, and each week, I will add links to the new show here. This is what I have so far:
How to Submit a Question
Just email me using my contact form, or if you’re already on my mailing list (if you’re not, why the heck not??), just reply to any of my weekly emails. Please keep in mind that I am only doing one question per week, so yours may take a very long time to answer, or I may just opt to answer it in writing if I already have a good blog post or collection of resources that addresses the question.
What is Periscope, and How Do I Watch the Weekly Broadcasts?
Periscope is a free app you can install on any smartphone (iPhone or Android) that allows you to watch live broadcasts. It’s pretty fun because anything live is kind of exciting and unrehearsed and, well, anything could happen.
In order for Periscope to work, you have to have a Twitter account, so if you are not already on Twitter, go and grab yourself an account real quick (even if you don’t plan to use it…but we can talk about that later).
Once you have the app installed, follow me (my account name is @cultofpedagogy). Then, on Tuesday night at 8:30 EST, grab your phone and open up Periscope. My broadcast should be in your list of broadcasts. Watch this video tutorial to get an idea of how it works.
While you’re watching, you can do a few things to interact with me.
- You can add a comment or question in the “say something” box (unless the broadcast is full—Periscope limits the number of people who can comment, because too many would overwhelm the comment stream).
- You can also give hearts by tapping your screen—this is basically a way to “like” the broadcast, and you can give as many as you want.
- You can share the broadcast with your own friends: On iOS phones, swipe RIGHT on the screen. On Android, swipe UP. You’ll get a share screen that gives you different options for inviting your friends while the broadcast is live.
I would absolutely love for you to join me next time!