A school bus isn't required for a fun educational experience!
Live streams can be a great way to connect students to people, places and events. The best news is that many of them are available for free!
These live streams can be a great way to augment your face-to-face blended learning or add a new element to remote learning or elearning.
Below are some of the live stream resources we chose to highlight. Check out this Digital Experience Calendar
Family and Teacher Resource During COVID-19, maintained by Jonathan Redeker is an incredible resource if you're looking for more.
What other live streams have you found that you LOVE? Please share them in the comments below!
10 live video streams for students
1. Children's Museum of Indianapolis
The museum may be closed but the Children's Museum of Indianapolis is coming to YOU! With live Facebook events from museum educators kids of all ages can experience the wonder and discovery from home.
The museum also offers lots of other amazing distance learning opportunities like:
- DIY Science
- Museum in Minutes
- Warm up with Riley Children's Health Sports Legends Experience Coaches
- Curate Your Own Collection
- Morning Greetings from Rex
- Museum at Home: Classroom Connections
More online Museum resources:
2. California State Parks PORTS
The PORTS program offers 6 interactive live videoconference programs each weekday to students of all grade levels. The goal of the program is to offer academic content through the context of California's state park system. Each video conference is led by interpretive rangers who interact with the students throughout the presentation.
More guided national park tours from Google Arts and Culture:
3. Wild Center Lunchtime Live
Every Monday-Friday the staff from Wild Center go live on Facebook to show viewers a behind-the-scenes look at animal encounters. They also share projects and activities you can do at home.
More animal live streams and resources:
5. Read Aloud with Peter Reynolds
Peter Reynolds, author and illustrator of incredible books like Ish and The Dot, is hosting live read alouds through his Facebook page each Friday. Resources to accompany the books, or activities are also shared and can be accessed during the live stream or after.
6. Lil Maestros
Lil' Maestros offers live lessons for anyone interested in learning more about music. Each day at 12pm PT/3pm ET Ausounds will be hosting lessons that teach guitar, piano, percussion, music theory and more. No instruments are needed to participate but a tablet or smartphone with the recommended free apps is suggested.
7. Digital Cooking Classes for Kids
Delish.com is offering free digital cooking classes for kids every weekday at 1pm ET. Joanna Saltz, Delish's editorial director, and her children are going live on Instagram to teach kids (and adults!) how to cook fun and delicious dishes.
8. Talk About Real Things: Well Being Teens
The Well Being Therapy Center is offering a safe place for teens ages 13-17 to come together for support for learning to deal with stress, anxiety, boredom, isolation and other social challenges they may be experiencing. Teens can access the live stream weekdays at 7pm ET. Check out Live stream helps teens stuck at home during coronavirus talk to peers for support for a great article about the program.
10. Draw Together with WendyMac
More online art lessons:
- Lunchtime Doodles with Mo Willems has ended but you can still view all of the videos on YouTube
- Daily online drawing sessions with Toni DiTerlizzi on Facebook Live
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