The Power of the Scope: #passtheScopeEDU

On June 16, 2016, 30 teachers continued their new journey of exploring and applying Periscope within the educational context. This wasn’t “simply a test” but rather a thing that seems to have spread like wildfire. It was truly a thing of beauty.

Starting a fire….can be a thing of beauty!

Starting a fire can be a thing of beauty!
Starting a fire can be a thing of beauty!

At the closing of the school year, 5 educators on Voxer talked smack about battle rap rounds to show the humanly amazing side of teachers. Because of this conversation, #passtheScopeEDU was born to show the amazing things educators are doing all the time to change the narrative about what is displayed in large markets and mass media. The joy of it all is that learning should never feel like a task or chore but triggers a hunger for more in the hopes of answering questions to our most profound curiosities.

Not everyone in the group is an expert scoper and in fact, some are newbies to the practice but the learning that happens through rich dialogue is unmatched. The group isn’t a secret society either—any passionate educator, administrator, superintendent or education stakeholder is welcome to join.

This Voxer community has gotten so serious about their craft that every 3rd Thursday we (the people) are anxious to see and support each other’s scopes as a form of learning and professional development. What matters most is the content can be shared and replicated within our personal learning environments and spaces. An added bonus is that it certainly doesn’t hurt that passion and creativity are often seen and heard in these broadcasts! That is the secret sauce that is so savory and delicious!

The power behind the scope is that teachers become leaders (in their own right) and gain the ability to share what they know with an authentic audience. Educators gain a sense of community, support and validation that their voice truly matters and that they are celebrated for things that are working well in their classrooms. The conversations are rich and exciting and this passion becomes evident in the scopes. The live and replay viewers exercise the right to comment (appropriately), ask questions or simply “tap it up” by giving hearts on the right side of their screen to show that something resonates.

Jacqueline Rose (@JRose_Edu) out of Texas, Toutoule Ntoya (@ToutouleNtoya) out of California, and Sarah Thomas (@sarahdateechur) out of Virginia put a spin on supporting each other by coining the terms #tapgamestrong #supportgamestrong to continue to build the community.

Stacy Lovdahl (@braveneutrino), out of North Carolina jumped in without hesitation and began creating  visuals and video scope schedules that would assist the public viewers to plan and follow through on their day of PD accordingly. The learning that came from this using Google Maps and YouTube was a lesson in itself.

Stacy demonstrated visually how to pass the scope from person to person and place to place
Stacy demonstrated visually how to pass the     scope from person to person and place to place

Mark Barnes (@markbarnes19), out of Ohio used his skillset and added this 1 minute #HackLearning podcast (through Spreaker) which features the #passthescopeEDU and periscope tool. The power of moving beyond the classroom walls and bridging educators and global learning has certainly become possible. You can hear that podcast by clicking on the link below.

Derek Larson @lars3eb, out of Utah usually recaps about each month’s broadcast and scope schedule on his blogpost found here.

Brian Romero Smith (@1to1Brian), out of Texas blew us away by creating an aresenal of logos that we fully adopted, digital graphics and multimedia videos to help with the marketing and branding of the concept monthly. This too offered more learning opportunities through Q&As and “How To’s” for the group.

ISTE2016 Edition
ISTE2016 Edition

On the special edition scopecast,  #passthescopeEDU went on its very 1st roadtrip to ISTE2016 (Denver, CO) in order to #bridgetheworld. We were able to share in realtime with those #notatISTE workshops, panels, playgrounds, and poster sessions.  There were about 6 scopemates broadcasting consistently from different areas of the conference using the hashtag in their broadcast title to make it easy to search and find.

The viewers were most appreciative especially of the exclusive interview we gained of Ruha Benjamin (@ruha9) out of New Jersey. I am so grateful Rusul Alrubail (@RusulAlrubail)out of Canada rolled up her sleeves to bring this exclusive post keynote interview where Dr. Benjamin dropped more jewels!

Watch the full keynote address on Periscope (compliments of Jamie Russell (@james_russellMO) here!

Follow the hashtag #passthescopeEDU on Twitter and Periscope for your learning needs or even to catch scopes you have missed in the past. Then consider joining the cast for future scopes or at your leisure. No long term committments are necessary but share when you feel the need.

The next scope date is July21st but go ahead and get in now to secure your spot on the schedule as it is filling up fast.

Let’s bridge the world through learning— one scope at a time!

9 thoughts on “The Power of the Scope: #passtheScopeEDU”

  1. I’m so honored to now be a part of this group and broadcasting from point of view. Sharing and learning from others.
    Thanks for having me.


    1. I am blessed to be amongst liked minds Tracy. I learn the most from you all and for that I am grateful! We are doing the work to get our fellow educators onboard.


  2. So much passion, so much enthusiasm in this post and in this group!
    Love it. You’ve expressed the impulse behind this project in a way that brings clarity to all of us. Thank you!


    1. all are the stars and none of it couldn’t be possible if you all didn’t help amplify voices of those otherwise not heard! I accept no credit just love the work we can do in this space.


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