How It Works
All of our events run through a version of Google Hangouts built into YouTube Live and are announced each month via newsletter and social media. We use Google Hangouts as it's the ideal platform to reach the maximum number of classrooms with each event.
There are three ways your classroom can join the adventure:
1) Any number of classrooms can watch the events live on YouTube. Classrooms can introduce themselves via the chat side bar and send in some questions. We monitor the chat and will work several into the event. You can find the YouTube links to watch live on the Events Page or find the live events right on our YouTube Channel.
2) Camera spots allow your class to join right in on screen and interact directly with the speaker and host. These spots are limited with 5-7 classrooms joining in this way each event. Simply fill out the Google Form you will find by clicking Grab A Camera Spot on the Events Page and submit it. We'll contact you within 24 hours to confirm your spot and with details for joining.
3) Every event is recorded directly to our YouTube Channel and our past events that can be viewed by classrooms at anytime!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What time are the events listed in?
A: All events are listed in GMT time.
Q: Do I need to sign up for an event if I'm just going to watch live on YouTube?
A: No, but during the event introduce your class in the chat side bar and be sure to send in some questions.
Q: What technology do I need to join a camera spot?
A: A laptop, chromebook, or iPad that you can connect to a projector or smartboard will do the trick. You can use a desktop computer as well, but you'll need an external camera and microphone.
Q: How do I know if a camera spot is available for an event?
A: All events can be found on the Events Page with the date and time, a description, a link to sign up for a camera spot and the number of camera spots left.
Q: Can I still sign up for a camera spot if the events are filled?
A: Yes, you'll still get a message from us letting you know that the spots have filled and you'll be added to the waitlist and contacted if a class cancels their spot.
Q: How do I access my camera spot on the day of the event?
A: We send a link 15 minutes before the event starts, follow it with Google Chorme as your browser and you'll be brought right into your camera spot.
Q: This is my first time, can we do a test call?
A: Absolutely, we're happy to do test calls with first time teachers to make sure that they're tech is ready to go.
Q: What's the format for the events?
A: Events are 45 minutes in length. The speaker shares a lesson for the first 20 minutes and then the remaining time is a moderated Q&A with the live classrooms.
Q: Do my I need any signed media releases for my students?
A: Most schools have a media release form that goes home to parents at the beginning of the school year that cover things like that. If you need an example, we're happy to share one. We don't require or collect any for the events.