The BBC is launching BBC Teach, a new home on YouTube for BBC video resources and clips for use in the classroom, along with a series of ‘Live Lessons’ – interactive lessons that are designed to enable pupils and teachers to take part in real time.
According to the BBC, a variety of topics across the primary and secondary curriculum will be covered throughout 2016, including music, art, science and literacy.
The first live less, which will take place on February 27, will focus on learning with the BBC micro:bit, a personal coding device being provided free to each pupil in Year 7 in England and Wales), year S1 in Scotland and Year 6 in Northern Ireland.
Each 45-minute webcast will be designed for a particular age group with information published on the website prior to the lesson and remaining there post-lesson for future use.
“BBC Learning is bringing the best of the BBC’s programme-making skills and on-screen talent directly into classrooms while reinforcing the BBC’s commitment to formal education. Live Lessons have been designed to bring innovative and inspiring curriculum-linked content to life whilst also providing an opportunity for thousands of children to participate in a shared learning experience,” said Sinead Rocks, head of BBC Learning.
“BBC Live Lessons will be fully interactive, with pupils participating online during the live broadcast part from both the studio and in their schools across the country. The opportunities to pose questions to expert guests and share what they learn will provide an experience a lifetime away from the outdated ‘sit and watch’ schools television of the past.”