Digital Schools Sessions FAQS

Find out more about our Digital Schools Sessions.

Our new Digital Schools Sessions bring the museum to your classroom. Our free, live sessions are led by our team of Enablers. For each session, you need to book a ticket to take part which allows you to either watch along live, or access the recording afterwards. 

Find the list of sessions open for booking.

General Information

How much are sessions?

Sessions are free of charge and are available to UK-based schools only. 

Will each session on the topic I’m interested in contain the same content?

Yes, each session will contain the same information. The only variance may be in questions asked by those taking part.  

What age/Levels are the sessions suitable for?

Each session is suitable for different age ranges/Levels. Please check the individual session pages for more information. 

Are your sessions suitable for children with additional support needs?

Our team strive to make each session as accessible as possible. Please check individual sessions for specifics or get in touch if you have a question about accessibility schools@nms.ac.uk

How long do sessions last?

Sessions last around 20-25 minutes. The broadcast will be open for five minutes ahead of the start time to allow you to log on and test your connection before the session begins. There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session. 

Can home educators book onto these sessions?

Yes, we're happy to welcome home educators based in the UK onto our sessions. Follow the usual booking process. Get in touch with us if you have any questions schools@nms.ac.uk

What if the museum has to cancel our session?

If we need to cancel your session for any reason we will aim to notify you as soon as possible using the email address you used to book the session. 

If we have technical issues during the session that results in us having to cancel, we will send you a pre-recorded session link as an alternative. 

Can I take part if I'm not in the UK?

No, at present our sessions are only open to UK-based schools. Our sessions are designed to support delivery of the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence. Schools will be asked to provide their address and local authority area upon booking. We will cancel any bookings for schools based outside of the UK. If you have any questions about this, get in touch schools@nms.ac.uk

Do I need to watch the session live?

If you have booked a ticket to one of our sessions, you'll be sent a link one week before. This link will allow you to watch along live, or access the recording afterwards. 

If you watch along live, your class will be able to ask questions and take part through the Q&A format. We ask when booking if you plan to watch along live so we know how many classes to expect. 

Booking Information

How do I book?

Book in advance using the Eventbrite links on each individual session page. You will be sent a confirmation email immediately upon booking. An email  with further information, including the link you'll use to access the event, will be sent one week prior to your session. You'll also be sent a reminder email the day of the event. 

How many pupils can take part?

It is up to you how many pupils take part at one time. By booking onto the event, this gives you a link which will allow access to the event from one screen. 

 

If more than one class would like to join they should book a separate ticket. You can book for up to three classes on Eventbrite.

 

If you would like to book to watch the event from multiple classrooms/screens, please book one ticket per class. 

 

We will ask you to report to us how many pupils and teachers will be taking part on the day. Please update us if this changes. 

Can I book for more than one class?

Yes, you can book for up to three classes on Eventbrite.

 

 

Is there a limit on the number of sessions I can book?

No, you can book as many as you like. 

Can I book to take part in a session without a class?

Yes, if you’re a teacher and would like to take part for your own professional development.   

Can I book for a pupil to take part who is home-based?

Pupils can take part from their homes as long as they are accompanied by an adult. The adult who will be accompanying the child at home needs to book the ticket and will receive the link to the event.

 

If you have booked for your class and have now become aware of a child who will be taking part remotely, please get in touch with us to arrange their access and update your numbers (if necessary) schools@nms.ac.uk.

What if I haven’t received a confirmation email or link?

Your confirmation email should arrive immediately after you book. Your link to the live event should arrive the day before the event. If you have not received either of these, please check your junk mail or spam folder. If you still can’t locate them, please get in touch with us at schools@nms.ac.uk 

What if I can’t make the session anymore?

Please let us know and cancel your ticket to let others take part. If you don’t know how to do this, please get in touch with us at schools@nms.ac.uk 

What information do I need to provide when booking?

When booking an Eventbrite ticket for your class(es) you will need the following information to hand:

  • Email address you'd like the confirmation emails to come to
  • School name, address and local authority area
  • Age of class (e.g. P4)
  • Number of pupils/adults who will be watching the session
  • Details of any additional support needs
  • Level of class knowledge of the topic
  • If you attend to watch along live, or catch up on the recording afterwards 

 

Equipment & Access

What platform are the sessions on?

The sessions use Microsoft Teams. You do not need a Teams account to take part. You will be sent a link to the online broadcast prior to your session. On the day, you need to click on this link and the session will open either in a browser window, or within the Teams app if you have it installed on your computer. 

What equipment do I need to take part?

You need a PC/laptop/tablet with an internet connection. You need to be able to hear the broadcast so require speakers or headphones. If you would like to type in questions during the session, you will need a keyboard. You do not need a webcam or microphone. 

What if I’m late for the session starting or I miss it?

You can join at any point during the session. As it’s live and there will be others taking part, the session will start at the time stated in your confirmation email. The session is recorded and available to participants who have signed up so can be watched afterwards if you miss any part of it. 

What should I do if my internet connection fails during the session?

You can either follow the link again to re-enter the broadcast, or you can watch the session afterwards using the same link to watch the recording of the session. 

Will sessions be recorded to allow me to watch afterwards?

Yes, the sessions are recorded, but are only available to view for those who have signed up to take part. The recordings are not made public. 

Security

Who will be running the session?

The sessions are hosted and managed by National Museums Scotland staff. 

Will others be taking part in the same session?

Yes, our broadcasts are open to other schools. However, you will not be able to see any of the other schools taking part, you will only be able to see the presenter. We will ask at the start of the session for people to share their school name in our chat function so you can find out which other schools are taking part. There will also be the opportunity to ask questions during the session using the question box and again we’d ask you to use your school name when doing this. The chat/question function will be moderated by a member of National Museums Scotland staff before it is shared with the other people on the broadcast.  

Can others taking part find out information about me?

No, we cannot see or hear your class and nor can others taking part in the session. The only information we know about you is the email address which you used to register and the username you choose. For this reason we suggest using your class name (e.g. P5C Example Primary School). Any other information you share via the question/chat will be moderated by a member of our team before being made public to the rest of the broadcast.  

 

Can I see your digital safeguarding guidelines?

Yes, you can download a copy here.

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