Hacking Streaming Video: Breaking Down the Walls of School

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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What Do Hackers See?

Hackers see things differently. Hackers see solutions that may already exist but are overlooked, because those close to the problem may have personal agendas that get in the way of the solution. This is not uncommon; it makes us human.

For example, in this 30-second learning hack, I explain what Hackers see.

Remember, the Hacker is someone who looks at problems from various angles, considering all of the assets in place that may help solve the problem. So, if we see a faculty meeting outside of school, educators who are conditioned to show up twice monthly in a library or auditorium for a

principal-led faculty meeting, may not see the possibility of a faculty meeting any place else. Our Hackers show you how to make this possible.

Similarly, the Hacker may see a classroom without grades, which seems impossible for most educators, parents and students who have only known one way to assess learning for their entire lives. Our Hackers not only see a no-grades classroom; they’ve taught in them and can show you how to create your own.

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Engaging Learners with Music

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Do you use music in your lessons? It doesn’t matter what grade or subject you teach, music is a wonderful interruption and a powerful way to engage all learners.

Check out this 30-second hack on using music in the classroom.

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Hack Learning with Voxer

How to Use Voxer for Amazing Teaching and Learning

Hack Learning with Voxer

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Voxer is a new app that is mobilizing professional development.

With Voxer, you can record your voice and share your recording with selected members of your network. Best of all, you can create special interest groups

Learn more about Voxer for professional development and feedback for learning and see a list of groups you can join at this Brilliant or Insane blog post.