Sunday, July 12, 2015


This past week tons of educators flocked to Las Vegas for the Teachers Pay Teachers conference, SDE conference and the iteachK-2 conferences. Hundreds, if not thousands of teachers took over Vegas.

As I taught ESY this week here at home, I couldn't help but feel a little envious of all the cool things those educators were learning about and doing. There was tons of chatter about a new social media app called Periscope. A few teachers were using Periscope to show us live what was happening in Vegas. Which was so cool for people like myself who could not attend. 

Basically, this is a video app where someone hosts a live broadcast about a topic and followers are notified that a broadcast is happening. You can login and view the broadcast live. What's different about this video app is that people can comment and ask questions as you are broadcasting. So it's pretty interactive. If people like what you're broadcasting, they can tap the screen to show you a little love and hearts pop up.

So I joined. I was really inspired by the teachers I saw broadcasting, that I decided to turn the camera around and try it for myself. I did a little introduction and was nervous as all heck! But I did it! And I survived. I might have said a few too many "ums", but I did it.

One thing I do not like about the app is that anyone can join the broadcast. Random people popping in that are able to comment. I am sure there are privacy settings in there somewhere. I have a lot to learn about this new app for sure!

Today I had my second broadcast where I shared about my Word Work Centers for Any Word List. I just reached 100 followers on my Instagram account (@aviewintomyclassroom) and am giving this unit away to a follower.  So I pulled out all my center activities with recording sheets and went through them one by one. I got some great feedback from the people who were viewing the broadcast, which is always nice.

I can really see how this new social media app is going to bring educators together in new and different ways. Rather than sitting behind a computer screen, typing words, people are literally interacting with people live. I am excited about all the possibilites!

So you if have not joined Periscope, go do it today! Search for your favorite bloggers, watch and learn! Come follow me on this crazy journey as well!


  1. You did such a fabulous job on Periscope on both of your broadcasts. I loved your one today where you actually were able to share how to use your Word Work centers. I hope you make a YouTube video to share. They are really great materials and it would definitely be a great tutorial for new teachers starting out. I think we should go to Vegas next year. At least we would both know at least one person!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

    1. Thanks Alison! I appreciate the positive feedback. It gets easier each time. I am really hoping to see lots of classrooms when the new school year rolls around with Periscope. Classroom reveals will be so different!

      Heck yes! Let's do it! We could be roomies in Vegas together! I better start saving my pennies now! And I better get to making more products and getting myself out there to make some money to save! =)

  2. Sadly I was unable to watch live, but I did watch the replays and you were great!! :) Your centers pack looks amazing too! :) I loved that you took the time to show everyone exactly how your centers work- that was a great idea.

    1. Thanks Megan! It is a little nerve wracking, but it was easier the second time. I am hoping teachers will share lots of ideas on Periscope right from their classrooms. So fun!