How to: Get the most out of Encounter Live

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Students should have some prior knowledge

Before a live broadcast begins it’s beneficial for students to have some understanding of the topic. Encounter Edu provides a wealth of teaching materials for ages 7-11, 11-14 and 14-16. Visit Teacher Resources for access to these resources which include schemes of work, lesson plans, worksheets, activities and links to immersive, engaging multimedia resources including 360 Virtual Reality. These resources will provide students with essential prior knowledge and understanding to ensure they get the most from the live broadcast.

Have resources prepared beforehand

You’ll want to review the lessons beforehand as you’ll be our eyes, ears and hands in the classroom to help ensure things go smoothly. Make sure you have enough resources for your student group, especially if you are running an investigation jointly with another class or as part of a special programme.

Before the day, check that the sound and vision on your device are working by testing any previous live broadcasts available on Encounter Live and check you can view live chats by testing any YouTube Live video.

On the day, set up your projector, ensure all equipment needed is set out. If students are working in small groups, they should be in those designated groups. It is important you are working in an environment appropriate to complete the investigation.

Ensure students know what to expect from the session

Live investigations

Putting into practice ‘working scientifically’, you can either participate actively with your class by doing the investigation at the same time as the live team, or you can join in by submitting your students’ questions.

Expert Interviews

Once you’ve registered for an interview, share the speaker’s profiles with your class. Discuss with students what they would like to know and help them formulate open-ended questions that are non-Googleable, such as:

• How did you decide to become a researcher?

• What is your favourite creature on the reef and why?

• What do you think this environment will look like in the future?

• What do you miss most while on expedition?

Look at How to: Generate higher order questions to develop your students thinking skills. It’s best to have questions that consider the speaker's background and knowledge, so be sure to check out the speaker profiles. Questions that have been submitted in advance by registered educators will have priority in the question queue. Additional questions that come up during the broadcasts can be submitted via the live chat.

Ask me anything

These sessions trigger great online and class discussions about marine science topics, geography, environmentalism, climate change and life as science communicators. Before the session prepare for the ‘Ask me anything’ experience by talking with your students about what they would like to know and encouraging them to ask non-Googleable questions, guidance can be found in How to: Generate higher order questions.

Questions from previous years have included:

• Did you pack anything special from home?

• Have you ever swum with sharks?

• What tools do you use most while doing research?

• Can you sleep underwater?

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