Coral Live 2019 teacher guidance

Why participate in Coral Live 2019?

Covering less than one percent of the marine environment, coral reefs are home to a quarter of marine species and are important nursery habitats to edible fish.

It is estimated, one billion people depend on the reefs for food. This vital ecosystem and resource are under serious threat from global warming, coastal development, pollution, and over-fishing.

What is Coral Live 2019?

Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop, educator and expedition leader, will host 25 AXA XL Coral Live STEM and geography live video lessons from the Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity (CARMABI) station in Curaçao.

The topics are animated by follow-along live investigations, interactive meet the expert interviews and ask me anything sessions. Each day, between 11-15 November inclusive will be dedicated to a topic: corals and restoration, ecosystems, threats to the reef, climate change and ocean acidification, and adaptation.

Registration is open for schools around the world to connect their primary and secondary classes to research scientists, marine biologists and science communicators during AXA XL Coral Live. This is an opportunity to take students on a free virtual field trip to the Caribbean to build literacy, practise working scientifically, inspire STEM careers and develop environmental stewardship.

Book your students’ front row-seats to our live-broadcasts today.

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Coral Live 2019 dates and times

The AXA XL Coral Live 2019 calendar includes all 25 sessions. There are three types of live lesson: Live investigations (e.g. Incredible edible polyps), where students conduct an investigation in real-time with other students across the world; Meet the expert, where students can tune into an interview with a coral expert, learning about their research and career; Ask me anything, where students ask their questions to a presenter in the field. Please note times are given in GMT (UTC).


How can I make the most for my students?

AXA XL Coral Live has been running for four years and hundreds of teachers have managed to animate their classrooms with live lessons from the CARMABI remote research station. As a result, thousands of students have become enthused about the subject, developed new scientific skills, and have been inspired to pursue STEM careers.

As an educator you may be wondering, “How do I ensure my students get the most from this opportunity?” Here several easy ways you, your students, and institution can benefit from AXA XL Coral Live 2019.

Ages 7-11

My classroom

This may be your first experience with live lessons. You have a range of ways to incorporate this into your lessons. Teachers we have worked with in the past have done a single live lesson, live lesson days, or even whole live lesson weeks with their class. This is very successful when combined with our single 7-11 preparation lesson, or the entire Coral Oceans 7-11 unit of work taught either before or after the live lesson.

My school

Many school science coordinators have enjoyed the opportunity to create a whole-school event through AXA XL Coral Live. This is a more attractive option as it allows more students to benefit from live lessons with real scientists. Coordinating teachers simply share the unit of work, preparation lesson, and timetable with their schools’ teachers. Communicating with school staff is made easier as we have a range of region specific posters which can be distributed in the staff room and common areas.

Ages 11-14

My classroom

Many teachers benefit from our resources by being flexible with how they incorporate it into their school timetable. Most teachers use the AXA XL Coral Live calendar and cross check their class timetable to identify which ages 11-14 (KS3; Grades 6-8) classes can benefit from which sessions. You then have the option to either prepare the class with the single preparation lesson provided or use the Coral Oceans 11-14 unit of work.

My department

If you are a subject leader you may be wondering how you can ensure all the students in your subject area can benefit from this opportunity. Many subject leaders have been successful in implementing a department wide day or week-long Coral themed event. Coordinators can share the single preparation lesson and calendar with members of the department, identify which ages 11-14 (KS3; Grades 6-8) classes can benefit from the sessions, and communicate this to staff and students using the region specific event posters provided in the download.

My school

As a subject specific educator, you may want to showcase your department and subject with a whole school event. For many schools this can sometimes be the simplest option as it avoids timetable clashes. Some schools have previously dedicated the library or a designated subject room to showing the live lessons. Students can be taken from lessons, at the appropriate time, to the designated room for the live lessons.


How can parents be involved?

AXA XL Coral Live 2019 is for every young person. If your young person is not affiliated with an institution or is simply unable to attend one of the live lessons, there are still opportunities to become involved. Every year we see an increasing number of learners choose to connect with AXA XL Coral Live directly from home.

Each day there are multiple live lessons timetabled throughout the day. Every day of AXA XL Coral Live 2019 there are five live lessons with start times ranging from 11am to 6.30pm (GMT). You do not need to be a teacher to sign up to AXA XL Coral Live 2019. Simply book, prepare, and take part.

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