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ABC Splash Live – teaming up with Australia’s public broadcaster to develop a new online education program

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ABC Splash Live Events

AARNet is always excited about opportunities to contribute to the development of high-quality Australian-grown education programs that will enable AARNet-connected schools to leverage our network’s capabilities.

This is one of the ways we contribute to the advancement of educational excellence in Australia. We greatly value participating in the development of innovative engagement models and then applying our learnings to the types of infrastructure and services we’ll need to develop and the role we’ll need to play in their successful delivery.

Recently, we’ve been sharing our videoconferencing and streaming expertise with Australia’s public broadcaster for the development of ABC Splash Live, a new online education events program for students all over Australia.

“High speed broadband connectivity with the support of AARNet and other providers has allowed the ABC to bring curriculum topics to life – through livestreaming technologies, real time interaction and a compelling combination of ABC talent and studio production values,” –  Sara Cousins, Senior Producer, Digital Education, ABC Innovation and the creative force behind this innovative project.

The program brings young people together with ABC talent, well-known experts, exciting topics and a high quality live experience that they can participate in online – with their real time participation, students drive the show and their learning experience.

AARNet provided technical assistance for the pilot program Making the News, which involved over 100 primary school children in four states (including students from AARNet-connected schools) collaborating with ABC presenters from Behind the News, triple J Hack and ABC Open.

The success of this pilot led to the launch of ABC Splash Live in late 2013 with the first livestream event held in October 2013 for World Space Week. Bernie Hobbs from ABC Science hosted a live session with Australia’s first ever astronaut Dr Paul Scully-Power together with astronomer Lisa Harvey-Smith. They found out what Australian kids most wanted to know about the universe.

Now primary and secondary school students from anywhere in Australia can take part in ABC Splash Live online livestream events and drive the discussion by posting their live chat questions and comments. Online experts are available during the live chat to answer more questions and take part in discussions on topics. Some of the best questions are then put to the guests live as part of the show – creating a truly participatory experience.

“The live streaming was a success with enormous student engagement and interaction with the chat forum facility”, said Paul Bulmer, Middle School Deputy Head, Pymble Ladies’ College.

AARNet’s streaming and recording platform takes away the hassle of navigating the complexities of different web and mobile platforms and standards by offering a simplified solution for delivering high quality on demand and live video to multiple devices.


Find out about upcoming ABC Splash Live events and watch final shows on demand

ABC Splash Live is also available on ABC iView. Follow live updates on Twitter #ABCSplashLive


To find out about the benefits of connecting your school to AARNet, please contact Nick Cross (AARNet’s Manager, Education Outreach)


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