Monday, February 15, 2016

Periscope: Connections and Inspiration!!

Hello!  It's been a while. I know. I'll be real...ha ha! It's kind of awkward to pick back up after a year and a half of not edu-blogging, but I gotta get over it. l love connecting, growing, reflecting, helping others; life has kind of kicked us in the blue jeaned sitters (anyone know which short story that's from?!) the past year with my better half teaching at the college level in addition to working his regular job + getting his Master's, too. We've also added winter sports to the family calendar, so it's been a bit nutty. You know the drill :)

Anyway, I'm going to dive back in RIGHT NOW, because I've been getting a lot of professional inspiration from one of my teaching pd heroes, Jen Jones @hellojenjones
It's kind of interesting because this past summer, after attending an AVID summer institute, I became a huge fan of Twitter for professional connections and development. I follow some great people and organizations there: @edutopia @teachingchannel for starters, and whoa!!! Chris Crutcher and Ralph Fletcher in the same place?? Sherman Alexie, Lester Laminack?? It's hard to beat that!!

Enter Periscope. Periscope, if you don't know, is akin to Twitter...but the short form part comes in with how long the broadcast is up. You go on live, and your video can be replayed for 24 hours. You can save your videos to Katch or Youtube, but they are only on Periscope in the blink of an eye.

Up until about a month ago, I reserved Periscope for another part of my life, following some of my favorite people from my essential oils world. I had clicked to follow some teachers from the get-go, but the ones broadcasting regularly were my Young Living leaders.

Then somehow, I got smart enough to follow Jen Jones on Periscope, not just on Twitter, and the door opened to a whole bunch of awesomely inspirational teacher broadcasters...and then my reflective-teacher-self started itching to blog again. Funny how that works!

I've been busy WATCHING scopes and taking notes. This week I decided to be #redbarbrave and broadcast!!

I *DO* need an audience, sooooo if you are on Periscope, I'm at @HappyInThMiddle :)

In the meantime, I'm linking up to Jen's Periscope: PD in Your PJ's!