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Encounter Edu

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What is Encounter Edu?

Encounter Edu provides a suite of different types of learning resources. These can be used in bitesize chunks or as fully-integrated programmes.

Live lessons feature live broadcast lessons with experts and extreme locations from the Arctic to the deep ocean and local fieldwork. Teacher resources provide fully resourced lessons and units aligned to UK and US standards.

The multimedia section has a host of videos, galleries, and interactive diagrams from projects and expeditions around the world.

A range of STEAM activities provide hands-on learning ideas for the home or classroom. For more support and subject knowledge, the professional development section provides with advice and expertise to keep teachers and parents learning too.

Recommended Usage

Encounter Edu is designed to be as flexible as possible. Teachers and parents may want to use just a single video or lesson. However, it has more impact when the different sections are integrated. For instance, teach a lesson, view a 360-degree gallery, take part in a live broadcast and then review.

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Educational Impact

build student knowledge
89%
improve teacher knowledge
77%
reduce teacher workload
73%

Age Range
5-7, 8-10, 11-13, 14-16


Requirements

Encounter Edu requires a device with good internet connection. The website is responsive, so all sections can be viewed on a mobile, tablet or laptop and projected in a classroom. It may be easier to view downloaded resources on a tablet or laptop device. To use 360-degree media, classes can choose options from using projector and white board, tablets or smartphones and virtual reality viewers. For live lessons, teachers will need to display the live video and have access to Zoom or YouTube depending on the lesson they are joining.


Training

There is a wide-range of support articles in the professional development section, including advice on using the site during any period of school closure, which is also aimed at parents. The teacher resources are designed for use by novice and expert teachers alike and a number of resources have been adapted for ‘at home’ use. Live chat and email support is also offered for any further questions.

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Encounter Edu pricing starts from £0 / per-pupil

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4.7 out of 5

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K.Hodgetts

Head of Science

Eton End School Trust (Datchet) Limited

Used Encounter Edu for 2 years

Jul 2020

such a range of resources on the website with so many more I still want to use, I just have to choose which ones and when to incorporate into my planning.

K.Hodgetts found Encounter Edu:
  • Significantly builds student knowledge
    when using the coral reef resources they are much more knowledgeable of the living organisms now
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    using the photo resources and videos is a huge help and just the structure of the resources means I have new ways of presenting information to the children without preparing it all myself.
  • Moderately improves teacher knowledge and skills
    about the variety of living things on a reef
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Liudmyla

EFL Teacher

Novoyegorivka school, Ukraine

Used Encounter Edu for 2 years

Jul 2020

The amount of information, researches, Live lessons, experiments and live discussion with explorers and scientists are of significant importance for education and future jobs choice. Teachers and students with their parents can find here a lot of explanations on how to solve problems we face today and how to make this world better!

Liudmyla found Encounter Edu:
  • Significantly builds student knowledge
    My students improved their English, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology knowledge.
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    Teacher Resources are of great help to prepare perfect lessons as well as Live Lessons!
  • Significantly improves teacher knowledge and skills
    Me personally learned so much about underwater life, plastic pollution, soils, and so on! Working with Teacher Resources, my lessons are filled with up to date information and that make my students amazed!
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Jennifer

Teacher

Surrey School District #36, Canada

Used Encounter Edu for 1 month

Jul 2020

Excellent quality resources

Jennifer found Encounter Edu:
  • Significantly builds student knowledge
    excellent clear resources assist student's skill development
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    Instead of creating a resource which takes many hours, high quality resources are ready at hand.
  • Slightly improves teacher knowledge and skills
    Finding resources quicker allows one to look for even more!
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Angharad Pass

Teacher and Science Lead

Tranmere Park Primary School

Used Encounter Edu for 2 years

Jul 2020

The live content is fascinating, the scientists and science communicators are really interesting and have great content. The sessions are well organised and link to practical activities.

Angharad Pass found Encounter Edu:
  • Moderately builds student knowledge
    Learning about the animals in the Arctic - building knowledge about food chains there.
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    Planning investigations linked to the live content e.g. the 'Blubber Gloves' investigation - all planned and list of materials needed.
  • Moderately improves teacher knowledge and skills
    Finding out more about interesting locations around the world e.g. going in a submarine to the deep depths of the ocean.
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Kevin

Executive Commercial Assistant

Maritime Training Academy, Kenya

Used Encounter Edu for 3 days

Jul 2020

I am confidence of all the arrangements and the punctuality through the you-tube link plus the speakers being knowledgeable

Kevin found Encounter Edu:
  • Significantly builds student knowledge
    I got to know more about arctic circle environment.This has helped me to work out an assignment that I had from Maritime Training Academy-UK
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    My online course instructor didn't have to go it with me about arctic circle thus giving him time to work on some of his issues
  • Slightly improves teacher knowledge and skills
    I am not sure if the teacher learns from it the way I am
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Louise Williams

Head of Chemistry

Castle Rushen High School

Used Encounter Edu for 6months

Jul 2020

May not be appropriate for all colleagues

Louise Williams found Encounter Edu:
  • Significantly builds student knowledge
    Recording of live lesson on rocky shore ecology helped to prepare students for a recent field trip.
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    Lesson plan, pre-recorded video and resources on rocky shore ecology
  • Moderately improves teacher knowledge and skills
    Teaching OCR A Module 4 as part of maternity cover so having really accessible resources has been extremely useful
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Allison

Parent

Parent, Wales

Used Encounter Edu for 3 months

Jul 2020

Absolutely fantastic - an invaluable resource during school closure due to the Covid-19 lockdowns

Allison found Encounter Edu:
  • Significantly builds student knowledge
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
  • Significantly improves teacher knowledge and skills
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Sammie Hubert

Mum

Witchampton Church of England First School

Used Encounter Edu for 4 months

Jul 2020

During Covid, access to specialists was restricted- this provided it and more. Thank you. Picked random organisation. Wouldn't accept home educating

Sammie Hubert found Encounter Edu:
  • Significantly builds student knowledge
    Soils, ocean pollution, coral reefs, arctic
  • Slightly reduces teacher workload
  • Slightly improves teacher knowledge and skills
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Ro

Head of Humanities

The Priory Belvoir Academy

Used Encounter Edu for 3 months

Jul 2020

The FSC live lessons were very helpful during lockdown

Ro found Encounter Edu:
  • Moderately builds student knowledge
    The FSC live lessons helped students learn about fieldwork
  • Slightly reduces teacher workload
    No difference
  • Slightly improves teacher knowledge and skills
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Liudmyla Talashkevych

EFL Teacher

Novoyegorivka school, Ukraine

Used Encounter Edu for 2 years

Jul 2020

The resources you provide the teachers with, are of great help in teaching communication, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration (I mean students' projects) and of course irreplaceable in taeching reading, speaking and listening skills

Liudmyla Talashkevych found Encounter Edu:
  • Significantly builds student knowledge
    They became better in Biology, Ecology, STEM. My students are more active in solving local ecological problems. They think of their future professions such as ecologists, marine engineers, biologists, agronomists.
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    Live Lessons and Teacher Resources are of unbelievable help for teachers on how to make the learning process amazing!
  • Significantly improves teacher knowledge and skills
    I've learned so much on different spheres of science! EncounterEdu is my favourite resource in Remote Learning.
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Marion Skene

Teacher

Letham Primary school, Scotland

Used Encounter Edu for 8 months

Jul 2020

It's a fantastic resource, the kids loved the live lessons and Jamie Dunlop Buchanan is a very engaging presenter.

Marion Skene found Encounter Edu:
  • Moderately builds student knowledge
    Learning about th coral reef environment and the effect of climate change on it.
  • Not significantly reduces teacher workload
    It doesn't reduce workload but is a fantastic resource to have.
  • Significantly improves teacher knowledge and skills
    Learning more about the science of environments and also ideas for experiments.
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Nicole Lockwood

K-4 Science Teacher

Black Pine Circle School, United States

Used Encounter Edu for 4 months

Jul 2020

The curriculum is very comprehensive. It would work well alone or as part of a unit on coral reefs. I haven't taught the other units, but they also look great. This is an excellent option for distance learning science during the pandemic and can also be used in the classroom. I like the mix of science and creative, hands-on activities such as the coral reef mural or diorama and the Ultimate Coral Animal.

Nicole Lockwood found Encounter Edu:
  • Significantly builds student knowledge
    Students learned a lot about coral reefs and became motivated to protect coral reefs.
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    The ready-made slideshows were very helpful. It saved me a lot of time and was perfect for distance learning.
  • Significantly improves teacher knowledge and skills
    I learned more about coral reefs through the curriculum.
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Pat

Head of Geography

Colyton Grammar School

Used Encounter Edu for Years

Jul 2020

Excellent resources engaging and topical together with Live events

Pat found Encounter Edu:
  • Significantly builds student knowledge
    Massive impact on student's knowledge and understanding of Oceans
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    Excellent teaching resources and SOW used for Yr 8 Oceans
  • Significantly improves teacher knowledge and skills
    Super resources
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Stephen Schwab

author . consultant

Geographical Association, England

Used Encounter Edu for 2 yrs+

Jul 2020

top lesson places & people, top resources

Stephen Schwab found Encounter Edu:
  • Slightly builds student knowledge
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    reduced by live lessons & reources
  • Significantly improves teacher knowledge and skills
    live lessons
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KONSTANTINOS KALEMIS

EDUCATION COORDINATOR

UOA, Greece

Used Encounter Edu for 2 years

Jul 2020

easy to use

KONSTANTINOS KALEMIS found Encounter Edu:
  • Moderately builds student knowledge
    innovation
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
  • Moderately improves teacher knowledge and skills
    inclusion
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Rex Stidwell

Assistant Head

Colyton Grammar School

Used Encounter Edu for Since polar challenge days

Jul 2020

Top geography, based upon real world research, brings the topic alive, provides excellent resources. Thank you!

Rex Stidwell found Encounter Edu:
  • Moderately builds student knowledge
    knowledge of complex natural systems linked to real world examples and active research scientists
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    Excellent resources, ready to use without adaptation
  • Slightly improves teacher knowledge and skills
    good quality information to enhance understanding of the topics is always provided
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Jackwest

I don’t have a job I’m a student

Walton Hall Academy

Used Encounter Edu for 2 to 3 months

Jul 2020

Good

Jackwest found Encounter Edu:
  • Significantly builds student knowledge
    It builds my confidence
  • Not reduces teacher workload
    Nah
  • Slightly improves teacher knowledge and skills
    Nah
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Avril Whitehead

Year 5 teacher and science lead

Thorpe Hall School

Used Encounter Edu for 3 months

Jul 2020

The live lessons are incredibly easy to access, highly engaging and informative. My class loved them, particularly the shout outs and the fact that their questions were answered by experts! The lesson resources are also fab, easy to use and informative. I have raved about Encounter Edu to everyone who will listen!! I’m already planning next year’s topics around their live lessons 😂

Avril Whitehead found Encounter Edu:
  • Significantly builds student knowledge
    My class were inspired by the scientists they saw in the live lessons and several have started thinking about how they might become a scientist themselves, what they need to do academically and how they might embark upon a career like those they’ve seen.
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    During lockdown, my class took part in many live lessons and it was fabulous for me to hand over to the ‘experts’ and then create follow up work. I also used several of the lesson plan resources from Encounter Edu as the basis for my follow up work and I found them very useful and easy to use. Through Encounter Edu, I discovered Thinglink which I now use a lot!
  • Moderately improves teacher knowledge and skills
    I found the lesson resources particularly useful as the background knowledge is clearly available.
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Joanna de Silva

Geography Teacher

Lycee Francais Charles de Gaulle

Used Encounter Edu for 3 months

Jul 2020

I was impressed with the content and the look of the website it was easy to use

Joanna de Silva found Encounter Edu:
  • Moderately builds student knowledge
    practical fieldwork techniques
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    used virtual fieldwork lessons rather than me having to teach
  • Moderately improves teacher knowledge and skills
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Philippa Moss

Y6 Teacher

Birkenhead High School Academy

Used Encounter Edu for 6mths

Jul 2020

really interesting real life application of science to enhance learning

Philippa Moss found Encounter Edu:
  • Moderately builds student knowledge
    wider understanding of the world, understanding of real life science
  • Not significantly reduces teacher workload
    was very useful to spice up learning during lockdown when we were distributing work remotely
  • Slightly improves teacher knowledge and skills
    good background knowledge
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Joe Edgar

Vice Principal Teaching & Learning

Haberdashers Abraham Darby

Used Encounter Edu for 4 months

Jul 2020

Encounter-Edu provide access to engaging and innovative live lessons; these can be 'watched again' on the YouTube channel. The accompanying pupil resources are well thought out and age/ability appropriate. The (Geography) presenters did an amazing job when undertaking 'live' fieldwork during Covid-19, especially the coastal fieldwork, which enabled a potentially difficult concept to be better understood and visualised by using a pond and some tiles to represent the coastline, coastal processes and management.

Joe Edgar found Encounter Edu:
  • Significantly builds student knowledge
    Pupil knowledge of fieldwork data collection techniques eg sampling and quantitative and qualitative data collection methods
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    The primary data collection sheets and secondary data story boards about real life places to provide pupils with context about unknown fieldwork locations.
  • Moderately improves teacher knowledge and skills
    I have developed my knowledge of quality of life and urban land use zones in and around Ipswich
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Dave Whittam

Head of Geography

Nottingham University Samworth Academy

Used Encounter Edu for 3 months

Jul 2020

Awesome - great variety and availability

Dave Whittam found Encounter Edu:
  • Significantly builds student knowledge
    Yes, learners have been sending images during lockdown of the work they've been doing - especially practical lessons.
  • Significantly reduces teacher workload
    Videos and planning already there to use.
  • Moderately improves teacher knowledge and skills
    Areas which we don't teach, use those as focus areas.
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Matt Blackmore

Head of Geography

Bosworth Academy

Used Encounter Edu for 5 months

Jul 2020

Excellent range of interactive materials

Matt Blackmore found Encounter Edu:
  • Moderately builds student knowledge
    Reinforcing excellent knowledge of fieldwork concepts
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    No need to plan fieldwork or follow up revision
  • Moderately improves teacher knowledge and skills
    Identifying areas for professional development
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Alice Armstrong

Head of Geography and Outdoor Education

Dover College, Northern Ireland

Used Encounter Edu for 3 months

Jul 2020

I found there were a lot of resources and always more to use available.

Alice Armstrong found Encounter Edu:
  • Moderately builds student knowledge
    They remember where Svalbard is and know about the geography of it.
  • Moderately reduces teacher workload
    I was able to get the pupils to watch the video lessons on occassions. This saved me a lot of work.
  • Moderately improves teacher knowledge and skills
    I learnt specifics about Svalbard too.
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Gloria Campillo Fernandez

Teacher/Tutor

Brains International School, Spain

Used Encounter Edu for 4 years

Jul 2020

The contents the precission and the availability. The possibility to use live or using the resources.

Gloria Campillo Fernandez found Encounter Edu:
  • Significantly builds student knowledge
    The connection with scientists has made them interested in studying science related degrees. Also made them more aware of the impact we have on Nature.
  • Slightly reduces teacher workload
    We appreciate that the lesson plans are so well organized and timed. It makes our lives easy and we are more willing to try all sections.
  • Significantly improves teacher knowledge and skills
    To teach Science related content, how to start and guide them in a step by stepprocess. Also how to adapt things to different levels.
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