ABC delivers curriculum aligned content to support children learning from home
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is launching an expanded schedule of free education content to support students, educators and parents, while many children learn at home due to the coronavirus global pandemic.
ABC Education is working with state and territory education departments and other education providers to deliver additional curriculum-linked content to children of all ages. An expanded schedule began on 14 April, with programming on ABC ME to support children and caregivers at home, from 10am to 3pm each weekday.
David Anderson, ABC Managing Director, said the expanded schedule will complement the “many hours of education content” already available on the ABC across multiple platforms and that this will be built on as required.
Younger learners are catered for with trusted content on ABC Kids, ABC Kids listen and the ABC Early Education website, which includes Reflective Journal blog posts for educators and shows and podcasts across five curriculum areas of family, community and culture, sustainability and nature, creativity and self-expression, STEM and health and wellbeing.
Special collections of learning content and family activities are also available on the newly enhanced ABC Kids app and ABC Kids Community Facebook page, which engages and inspires ongoing conversations with families, carers and educators.
The ABC will offer additional online support through its portal ABC Education, with access to more than 4,000 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.
Educators and parents are encouraged to sign up to the ABC Education weekly newsletter for online resources, competitions, news and events.
Working in partnership with the states and territories, ABC Education will also create original teacher-led mini-lessons, which will be broadcast on the ABC Education portal and ABC ME, to support those learning at home. The NSW and Victorian education departments have provided initial financial assistance to help produce this content.
For more information about the range of programming available, please visit the ABC website, here.