Coping with Scoping: Things I’ve learnt about using Periscope


Periscope is the all new live broadcast app from Twitter.  The app is still in it’s infancy but it has huge potential for use in education.  I’ve been having a little play and have made a few Scopes yes, really this is the official name for the live broadcasts that you make!

Before you start link Periscope to Twitter so that your Twitter followers get notifications of when you are scoping as well as your Periscope followers.

When you first start using Periscope it is a bit odd as you feel like you are talking to yourself so, I would recommend filming something that you are doing, in this way all you need to do is talk about the activity and your viewers don’t need to see you.  I began by talking about kayaking.  Save your Scope to your camera roll and watch it back, as a result you get used to the sound of your own voice and overcome some of the initial fear about broadcasting live!

When you are ready to do your very first piece to camera, there are few things that I would take into consideration.

1. Have a straight forward title, so that people don’t have to guess what you are going to talk about.  Add a hashtag too just like you would in Twitter.

2. Jot down some notes so you have a bit of an idea of what you are going to talk about, don’t script it, that takes away some of the beauty of the live broadcasts.

3. Prop your iPhone/iPad up against something or use a stand.  I use a book stand designed to prop recipe books up in the kitchen!

4. Don’t have your iPad too close to you and don’t have it at too steep an angle, your viewers don’t want to see up your nose.

5. You only get to see what you look like once you start broadcasting.   In order to check 1st go to your camera and turn it to face you it will give you an idea of what your viewers will see.  Check that the background is ok – no dirty washing on display! Check also what you are wearing.  Ladies that spaghetti strap vest might be lovely for lounging around in at home but on Periscope all people will see is flesh!

6. You are now ready to broadcast.  Double tap the screen to turn the camera on to you.

7. One of the beauties of Periscope is that you can interact with your viewers as they can post comments on your screen.  The comments disappear pretty quickly however, Periscope are going to bring out an ability to scroll through comments in the near future.  If you are scoping using an iPhone it can be hard to read the comments @syded06 asks his viewers to type in capitals so that he can easily read what is being said.  At the end of a broadcast it is possible to save to your camera roll.  However, comments do not save so you should make reference to the comment itself in the answer or even read the comment out so that when you watch the broadcast back it all makes sense!

8. Be yourself, this is one of the lovely things about Periscope, you get to meet the person behind the Twitter handle and as a result interactions in both forums can become more productive.

9. Keep your broadcasts reasonably short.

10. Save your broadcasts to camera roll, they are deleted from Periscope after 24hrs and the broadcasts you make can be a really useful reflection tool or you could post them to your blog!

Happy Scoping!


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