For Teachers

How it works

What to Expect

An exciting lesson or virtual field trip with exciting scientists, explorers, conservationists and adventurers from around the world, sharing their stories, research, expeditions, explorations, successes, failures and more, alway in a very visual way. There’s lots of interaction through the live Q&A portions and Kahoot! quizzes during the events.

Live events are announced each month and regularly updated via our newsletters (released each Sunday evening, subscribe on the home page), the website and our social media channels (@ebtsoyp). We use StreamYard to broadcast the events as it allows us to to reach a large number of classrooms with each lesson, is great even with poor connectivity, and there is no program that educators need to download. You can register for the events right on the website.

Getting Started

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 for each event. Simply click the red ‘Sign Up’ button on the lesson page and you will be taken to a Google form where you can request your spot. Fill it out and submit. We’ll contact you within 24 hours to confirm your spot. There’s no program to download, although Google Chrome is by far the best browser to use. Shortly before the event, we’ll send you a special link, and all you have to do is follow it to join the live event. We’re happy to do a quick test call in advance if it’s your first time.

2) Tune in live! Any number of classrooms can watch the events live on our YouTube channel, take part in the Kahoot! quizzes and send in some questions using the live chat. We’ll email you the YouTube link to use after you have registered. Another option to tune in is to use red ‘Stream’  button found on the event’s lesson page. Simply click on it at the start time for the event and you’ll be brought to the YouTube page where the event will start playing when we go live.

3) Every hangout is recorded directly to our YouTube channel, we have a growing library of past events that can be used by educators and students at any time:


Q: What time are the events listed in?

A: All events are listed in Eastern time (Toronto/New York).

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 StreamYard, there’s nothing you need to download, although it’s highly recommended that you use Google Chrome as your browser.

Q: Do I need to sign up for an event if I’m going to watch live on YouTube with my class?

A: Yes, we’ll send you the links you need to join and it helps us keep track of the number of students joining our programs.

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. We’ll also share how to tune in live via YouTube if a camera spot doesn’t open up.

Q: Is there a limit to how many classes can register to tune in live on YouTube?

A: Nope, any number of classrooms can tune in live and interact.

Q: When are the recorded events available?

A: Immediately after the live event finishes, you can also join in part way through a live event and rewind the event to the start.

Q: How do I access my camera spot on the day of the event?

A: We email a link the day before the event, follow it with Google Chrome as your browser (5-10 minutes early) 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 their tech is ready to go. Request a test through or ask for one after you’ve registered for an event.

Q: What’s the format for the events?

A: Events are generally 45 minutes in length. The speaker shares a lesson for the first 15-20 minutes and then the remaining time is a moderated Q&A with the live classrooms. We also have live Kahoot! quizzes during most of the events that classrooms joining in live can take part in.

Q: Do my I need a signed media releases for my students?

A: That depends on the policy in your school board/district. Most schools have a media release form that goes home to parents at the beginning of the school year that covers events like this. If you need one to use with your classroom, we’re happy to share a template you can use.

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