Participate Online

Any school in New Zealand, the Cook Islands or the Pacific may participate online in TALKFEST 2014

  • The interactive TALKFEST events will be broadcast live via the internet.
  • The LiveChat student discussion platform uses a very low bandwidth secure chat-room that is moderated by LENScience.  Find the LiveChat site here>>
  • Your students will need to be individually registered to take part in LiveChat

The information provided on this page will assist schools to prepare for online participation.

Steps to online participation

1. TECH CHECK: Does your schools have adequate bandwidth capacity?

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  • The broadband capacity of most schools has improved significantly since we started LENScience Connect in 2007.
  • We are only broadcasting the TALKFESTs via web, so if you have previously received our programmes via Satellite TV, please check to make sure your internet capacity is adequate.
  • The University of Auckland’s ITS team have provided a test broadcast. This is a continuous live broadcast with sound and motion that allows you to find out whether you have adequate bandwidth.
  • Please consider the time of day when you test your capacity. If you find you have limited capacity during peak teaching times, consider negotiating an internet-free period for the non-participating classes in your school during the TALKFESTs.
  • Click the TECH CHECK Button to test your capacity.

 2. Identify your location within the school for TALKFEST participation

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  • The location you choose will determine how your students take part in the LiveChat, and the level of registration you will require. Listed below are some options to consider:
    • Scenario A:  Classroom with one computer and a data projector
      • Project the broadcast over the classroom computer.
      • If you have no other internet capable devices in your room, it will be difficult for students to participate in LiveChat
      • Solution 1: Organise one additional laptop or tablet for the class. Enable a small group of students to participate in LiveChat on behalf of the class.
        • Register yourself and a class-group for LiveChat. This means you are responsible for the LiveChat contributions from “Kowhai School Room 9” or “Pohutakawa College 12Bio”
      • Solution 2: Allow students to use personal smart phones and tablets connected to the school wifi to take part in LiveChat
        • Register yourself and every student who has a device for LiveChat.
          To register your students – either allow them to self-register or you can send in the name and school email address of every student you want to register.
    • Scenario B:  Classroom with a room computer, data projector and multiple student devices (desktops, laptops, netbooks, tablets, smart phones)
      • Project the broadcast over the classroom computer and enable students to connect to LiveChat through their devices.
        We recommend organising students in small groups around the room. While they will submit their LiveChat contributions as an individual, the collaboration they experience online will be enhanced if they are also collaborating in a group within the classroom.
      • Register yourself and every student who has a device for LiveChat.
        To register your students – either allow them to self-register or you can send in the name and school email address of every student you want to register.
    • Scenario C: Large room (library, school hall) with a room computer and data projector
      • Project the broadcast within the room.
      • If you have no other internet capable devices in your room, it will be difficult for students to participate in LiveChat
      • The solutions offered for Scenario A could be applied.
    • Scenario D: Large room (library, school hall) with a room computer, data projector and capacity for multiple student devices (desktops, laptops, netbooks, tablets, smart phones)
      • Project the broadcast within the room and allow students to participate in LiveChat as in Scenario B above.

3. REGISTER

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  • To ensure that you receive all relevant information and updates please register early.
  • Please ensure you register your school first, then yourself and then your students.
  • Click the REGISTER Button to access online registration forms.

 

4. Encourage your students to the BlogBLAST Competition

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  • Students in New Zealand schools can enter the STUDENT PANEL competition and win a place on the LIVE STUDENT PANEL in Auckland
  • Full details of the competition are found in the STUDENT PANEL  page.
  • The competition is designed to create a pre-event learning activity that will support student engagement in the TALKFESTs
  • Information about a competition for Cook Islands schools will be posted shortly.

5. Check the Curriculum Links and Learning Resources

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  • The TALKFESTs are designed to link into learning programmes based on the New Zealand and Cook Islands Curricula.
  • Curriculum Links and Linked learning resources can be found via the LEARNING RESOURCES button