Up! Periscope!

Much has been written over the last couple of months about QFAT (Qualitative Formative Assessment Toolkit).  Check out this blog post by @ReshanRichards. As Richards notes, this toolkit has come out of his work on multimedia, formative assessments and mobile learning.


In visual form, QFAT can be described as:

What I like about this concept is that students can document their own workflow, making it available for evaluation by either their peers or their teachers.  This is a two-way street for assessment.

A new app called Periscope will help with that assessment strategy.  Periscope, owned by Twitter, allows the user to broadcast any event or any experience live.  Think of the possibilities for class!

Last Thursday, we were outside for lab in Atmospheric Science where students use the Vaavud wind meter and a CO2 meter to see if there is a relationship between location, wind direction/speed and carbon dioxide concentration.



Using Periscope, I was able to grab some live video of the students explaining their experiments – it goes out live over Twitter so that our communications department can re-Tweet it as well.  Could I have just recorded them as they explained their experiments?  Surely.  But the live broadcast concept raised the level of discourse in their explanation.  Sadly, the only way it seems to see the broadcasts is to follow it back through Twitter.

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Even that seems rather circumspect a few days later – as the videos seem to disappear.  We see Periscope as a great tool for broadcast school events and having our students become roving reporters!


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