Hacking Streaming Video: Breaking Down the Walls of School

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Streaming video may be the most powerful teaching and learning tool ever invented, but many educators have absolutely no idea what it is. Some have a cursory understanding of streaming video but have never considered it as a way to engage both young and adult learners.

In Episode 50 of the Hack Learning Podcast, Mark Barnes investigates multiple streaming video applications and shares how this new digital super tool can break down the walls of school and help us interact with learners in new and amazing ways.

With well over 1 billion users, Facebook is by far the most popular social network, but it’s known more as a digital photo album than a tool for teaching and learning. Sure, Facebook groups can be used for like-minded people to share ideas, but only recently has Facebook joined the live streaming video world, previously dominated by Google Hangouts, Periscope, and Blab.

Live lets you connect with the people who care most. Your followers can receive notifications when you go live so they know to tune in to your broadcasts at just the right time. -Facebook

You may have seen many Facebook live broadcasts–friends sharing vacation moments or bringing you with them virtually to a Carrie Underwood concert–and never considered the opportunity to use the streaming video feature for education.

What if you could share some amazing hacks for teaching and learning or show off best practices in your classroom live? People might love it and, more important, it might help us reimagine how instruction is delivered.

Facebook Live Streaming Video

Mark recorded this video using Facebook’s live video feature, one day before Hack Learning Podcast Episode 50 aired (it’s embedded above).

Don’t miss more quick educational hacks with Mark Barnes on Thursday evenings on the Hack Learning Facebook page. Be sure to like the page, so you’ll be notified when Mark goes live.

How to live stream on Facebook

Facebook live video via Hack Learning

Choose Live Video 

Facebook live video via Hack Learning

Give it a title

Facebook live video via Hack Learning

Look for comments

Facebook live video via Hack Learning

Engage your audience

Live Streaming Video Resources

Learn about Facebook Live Video

Learn about Periscope

Learn about Blab

Learn about Google Hangouts On Air

Be sure to tell us which platform you prefer and how you intend to use live video for teaching and learning, in the future; use our comment section below.

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