Ed Live: on demand and free for all

A learning from home winner is here to stay, with video on demand to engage and educate families and students.

02 November 2021
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Developed to support learning from home during Covid lockdowns, the “Ed Live” videos cover a range of topics across the school curriculum – featuring high profile people and celebrities.

To date, they’ve had over 1.4 million views, with Dr Karl’s scientific sessions on cube-shaped poo, falling cats and other mysteries being the most popular.

“We developed these videos to engage and help parents during lockdown, and our teachers also used them in their learning from home lesson plans,” Secretary of Education, Georgina Harrisson said.

“With talent like Guy Sebastian, Emma Watkins from The Wiggles and Dr Karl, it’s no wonder they’re popular.”

Ed Live also features How to Train your Dragon author Cressida Cowell and the theatre cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, along with organisations like the GWS Giants, Sydney Theatre Company and even Qantas.

“Initially, the videos were live streamed daily and then accessible via the department’s website. This library is now available on demand to everyone,” Ms Harrisson said.

Launched in July 2020, the Ed Live videos are presented by over 70 of Australia’s foremost educators, artists, zookeepers, athletes and industry experts.

Ed Live on demand will continue to grow throughout the year, with topics like reading hour and maths in the pipeline.

The videos are available – free – at https://education.nsw.gov.au/teaching-and-learning/learning-from-home/education-live-catch-up.

Our Ed Live top picks:

Top videos for

· Book lovers: character illustration with How to Train Your Dragon author, Cressida Cowell

· Music lovers: finding your authentic voice with Guy Sebastian

· Sport lovers: football skills with the GWS Giants

· Theatre lovers: learn an English accent with the cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

· Foodies: Larissa Takchi makes marshmallow

· Art lovers: Ocean-inspired painting with Ken Done

· Science lovers: mad science tricks with ANU’s Dr Graham Walker

· HSC students: Career pathways and trusting yourself with JJJ’s Tyrone Pynor

· Animal lovers: all the ‘animal of the day’ videos

Deadliest video: Our Home, Our Heartbeat with rapper and author Adam Briggs

Quirkiest video: Mr Young’s Friday Disco

Most marvellous: Airbus A330 tour with Qantas captain, Alex Passerini


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