Summer Social: 3 Live Video Platforms and How to Get Started

Live video is a powerful way to communicate your ideas, share stories and build relationships.  What does this mean and how can you leverage the opportunities it brings? This month I’m inviting you to Summer Social where we’ll explore three social media platforms that integrate live video - Snapchat, Twitter, and Blab.  

The mid-year summer mark is a great checkpoint to reevaluate goals and for those of us where the sun is shining it is a time to relax, rejuvenate and reflect upon where we are and where we want to go.  

The start of summer for me usually means a series of workshops across the country helping teachers and students get ready for the upcoming year as they begin to think of ways to enhance their curriculum with technology and working with students about how to take advantage of opportunities using their devices from curating their learning to creating digital portfolios that allow them to share their story.

Keeping Up When Technology Changes

Time and time again, as our workshops come to a close I am often asked the same question, “How do you know what you know and how do you keep up with everything as things change so rapidly.”

So what’s the answer? The answer is getting connected and get social with social media!   Why social media?  Well this year at the World Economic Forum in Davos, I was particularly intrigued by the conversations that were taking place centered on the theme of The 4th Industrial revolution.   

The fourth industrial revolution will take advantage of the possibilities of billions of people connected by mobile devices, These possibilities will be multiplied by emerging technology breakthroughs in fields such as artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, 3-D printing, nanotechnology and quantum computing.

Furthermore, according to the World Economic Forum by 2020 here are the top 10 skills that will be required.  Sound exciting? It definitely does, however, the overarching question everyone seemed to be asking is will the 4th Industrial revolution lead to promise or peril?  The answer, it’s up to us!

Take a moment to pause and reflect on your individual situation.  If you are a teacher, how are you preparing your students today to develop these skills?  If you are a senior going into college, will your classes be giving you opportunities to enhance and develop these skills? If not how will you create opportunities for yourself?  

If you are a senior in college or university and you’ve had a traditional education, how are you going to learn these skills?  If you are in the business world, how will you create a culture that allows people to develop these skills and put these skills to use?  

Finding Your Network Online with Live Video

In the physical world, we often engage in daily conversations with those in our fields.  In the social media world, we have an opportunity to come together as an interdisciplinary group with no borders.

These established learning networks then allow us to come together to have conversations about what change means and how we can support one another in creating environments so that we as global citizens will help shape the times and not vice versa.  

Beginning with empathy is key to how these conversations will play out because it is through this we can better understand people’s needs, motivations, and feelings.  We often times think we know what the best solution is going to be, but when we begin with empathy what we think is challenged by what we learn.  

Using Learning Networks to Grow

These conversations allow us to develop sustainable and meaningful change. These experiences and conversations form the foundation for the stories we can share and learn from on social media. As as I so often like to remind myself, with the tools for communication that we have available today, why talk about others when we can talk with others.

It’s time to get the fun started because creating and building communities in the cloud is for so many is a life changing experience.  It’s one of those things though that you can’t understand until you have tried it yourself.  What better time to learn something new than to have some summer social fun.  

As always don’t forget to share your stories we want to hear what’s happening in your schools, we want to hear what’s happening in your businesses and more importantly, we want to know how we can support one another.  


Tomorrow we’ll get started with one of my new favorite apps - Snapchat. Don’t judge just yet :) because what you think just may be challenged by what you learn.