Scalable Teacher Training via Facebook Live ...
When you are trying to reach a large number of teachers, in a vast number of locations. Everyone using different technologies and you want to spend £00.00 then what do you do?
Solution - create a learning experience that is based around Facebook Live.
Winding the story back a couple of notches - at the Open University we decided to use a modest award to reach out to the Cisco Networking community and offer CCNA1 Instructor training for teachers. Once we covered the staff time for the teacher trainers - we were pretty much out of cash.
Facebook (as well as Twitter) have redefined the notion of broadcast communications - both launching their own respective live streaming services. Having already explored both within the domain of micro-teaching. Facebook offers some interesting benefits:
- Nearly everyone has a Facebook account (and if you do not, you can create one, for free)
- Facebook live goes to all platforms, why would we worry if you have a iPhone or a Firefox browser on Linux Mint!
- Open Broadcast Studio has Facebook Live integration - meaning that we can send camera feeds, alternate sources and computer desktops to our audience.
- Facebook Live also automatically uploads broadcasts of under ninety minutes - offering an asynchronous/follow-up opportunity
So, watch this space - we may have found a route into scalable teacher training.