How It Works
Events are announced each month via our newsletters (sign up!) and social media. We use Zoom Video Conferencing as it’s allows us to to reach a large number of classrooms with each lesson.
Three ways your classroom can join the adventure:
1) Grab a camera spot so your class can appear on screen and interact with the speaker. We generally have 5-7 classrooms joining in this way each event. Simply click the red ‘Sign Up’ button on the lesson page on the website and you will be taken to a camera spot request form. Fill it out and submit. We’ll contact you within 24 hours to confirm your spot. To prepare, you need to download Zoom Client for Meetings, or if using an iPad, tablet or Chromebook, download the Zoom app from your app store.
2) Tune in live! Any number of classrooms can watch the events live on YouTube and even send in some questions using the chat side bar. Every lesson has its own page on our website with a red ‘Stream’ button on the right. Simply click on it and you’ll be brought to our YouTube page where the event will start playing when we go live.
3) Every hangout is recorded directly to YouTube, we have a growing library of past events that can be viewed by classrooms anytime on our channel.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What time are the events listed in?
A: All events are listed in GMT time.
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. We use Zoom Video Conferencing and you just need to download the first option here.
Q: Do I need to sign up for an event if I’m going to watch live on YouTube with my class?
A: No, but we do like to track the classes, so please use the sign-up and during the event we’ll introduce your class and take some questions from the chat side bar.
Q: How do I know if a camera spot is available for an event?
A: All events can be found on the Lesson 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 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. All events can still be viewed live on YouTube or the recordings can be viewed afterwards.
Q: How do I access my camera spot on the day of the event?
A: We email a link 15 minutes before the event starts, follow it with 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. Sign up for a test here.
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 this. If you need an example, we’re happy to share one. We don’t require or collect any forms for the events.