How to: Get started with Encounter Live

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Encounter Live is a series of live broadcasts bringing remote environments, live learning and world experts into your classroom. Over the year, Encounter Edu puts on a series of one-off live broadcasts and live events. You can take part with your class, as an assembly, or as a STEM club activity. We also welcome home-schoolers and family participation.


Step 1: Registering and booking

To book a place on an Encounter Live broadcast, you will need to have registered on Encounter Edu, by completing this form. Then browse for any broadcasts that are of interest to your class and click ‘Book now’. A short form will ask for further details.

Booking will mean:

  • You will receive reminders before the live broadcast.
  • Questions and shout outs submitted via the Encounter Live section of your user profile will be prioritised over those submitted live during the broadcast.
  • Access to student certificate and digital badge downloads.

Step 2: Prepare your students

Encounter Live has been designed as part of an integrated education experience rather than as a standalone activity. Each broadcast has linked ‘Supporting Resources’ to help with preparing your class.

These reference different sections of the Encounter Edu website, including the Discovery Zone containing video, galleries, activities and virtual reality content, Teacher Resources with full units and lessons, and Professional Development with background information.

For more ideas about preparing your students, see How to: Get the most out of Encounter Live.


Step 3: Prepare your tech

No specialist technology is needed for Encounter Live. Broadcasts use the YouTube Live platform, and so if you are able to view YouTube in your classroom, then you are all set. Most classes find it easier to take part if the broadcast is projected or shown on a large screen.

To take part in the live chat, you will need to have created a YouTube channel and be logged into YouTube.

For more on the technology side of Encounter Live, see How to: Set up tech for Encounter Live.


Step 4: Engage

On the day of a session, get set up in your classroom, showing the Encounter Live homepage, this is where the broadcast will be shown. You may need to refresh the page.

Make sure you have signed into YouTube, if you want to submit questions and comments via the live chat to the right side of the video. You can also submit questions and comments via Twitter by mentioning @de_updates.

Be sure to join the social media conversation during and after the event. Let us know how your experience went. You can mention @de_updates on Twitter and @DigitalExplorer on Facebook.


Step 5: Reflect

After the event, discuss with your class and let us know how it went by completing the online feedback form. This will be emailed to you, the weekend after your broadcast.

Remember that all the broadcasts will be archived and available for viewing within the Encounter Live section. Also, because learning doesn’t stop when the broadcast does, consider using another lesson from Encounter Edu’s Teacher Resources.

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