ABC increases support for students learning at home due to COVID

The ABC has expanded its free education content to support students learning at home due to COVID-19 restrictions and school closures in Victoria and elsewhere.

From today, education content on ABC ME will be expanded to 5.5 hours each weekday – helping students and teachers in remote learning from 9.30am to 3pm AEST each school day. Additional educational programming from 9.30-10am will support children in their first years of school, with programs such as Numberblocks, Wallykazam!, Learn A Word, Art With Mati and Dada and I’m A Creepy Crawly.

From 10am to midday, ABC ME will feature curriculum-aligned educational programs for primary and secondary students, including BTN, ScienceXplosion, Ecomaths, This Place, Citizen Code, Back In Time For Dinner: Education Shorts and the upcoming new series of Teenage Boss with inspiring maths teacher Eddie Woo, from 31 August.

From midday to 3pm, ABC ME will present programs with ties to Maths, Science, History and Health & Personal Development, such as Are you Tougher than Your Ancestors, Science Max, Barney’s Barrier Reef, Odd Squad and Horrible Histories.

The ABC’s expanded education schedule also features mini lessons presented by Australian schoolteachers, on specific learning areas from the English, Maths and Science curriculum. The 10-minute lessons are co-designed with teachers and produced with the support of Australian schools, Victoria’s Department of Education and Training and the NSW Department of Education.

Upcoming ABC Education programming will also feature the new ocean education and marine life series Deep Dive Into Australia’s Ocean Odyssey, to be broadcast during National Science Week from 15-23 August.

Other highlights of ABC Education content for students and teachers include:

  • A new digibook about the cultural history of Kakadu National Park, introducing students to the landscapes and traditional owners of the World Heritage site.
  • In My Blood It Runs educational resources aligned with the acclaimed documentary, exploring the rights and experiences of Australian children.
  • A new digibook exploring the East Australian Current and the impact of global warming on this source of one of our most diverse and abundant ecosystems.
  • Education videos, interactives and activities matched to the curriculum, exploring popular topics such as convicts, counting and Australian animals.

The ABC will offer additional online support to students, teachers and parents through its portal ABC Education, which features more than 4000 free videos, interactive resources and games mapped to the Australian curriculum – across subjects such as English, maths, science, history, geography, media Literacy, financial literacy and the arts and technologies, including STEM.

Sign up to the ABC Education weekly newsletter for engaging online resources, competitions, news and events to help teachers and parents.

Pre-schoolers are also in safe hands with trusted content on ABC Kids, ABC Kids listen and the ABC Early Education website. Special collections of learning content and family activities are also available on the ABC Kids app and ABC Kids Community Facebook page, which engages and inspires ongoing conversations with families, carers and educators.

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