Planet eStream Connect Service

15th February 2016 - Planet eStream Connect Service

At Bett 2016, we previewed our new Planet eStream Connect Service, a content sharing resource that gives qualifying Planet eStream users the access to over 1,000,000 resources from the BBC Digital Archive and the BBC Shakespeare Archive. Since the announcement of Planet eStream Connect at our v6 Masterclass events, members of the Planet eStream community have expressed their excitement at the prospect of gaining access to such a substantial resource, and the benefits it can bring to their students.

"With the launch of the New Planet eStream Connect Service, the resources will:

• Be invaluable to both our learners and the outstanding delivery of the programme within and external to the classroom.
• Enable our learners to study the subjects when they want to learn
• Provide outstanding materials that users have come to expect from BBC
• Be used as extension materials or "must see" flipped classroom materials
• Provide the learners with some understanding of the topic prior to the start the subject "

Robert Hutton, Head of LTU, Barnsley College

The Planet eStream community is especially excited about access to the BBC Shakespeare Archive Resource. This resource is a free archive for those in education, including hundreds of BBC television and radio programmes of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets, which has particular poignancy as April 2016 commemorates 400 years since the death of the Bard. The material on the BBC Shakespeare Archive includes the first British televised adaptations of Othello, the original War of the Roses production from the 1960s and more than 1,000 stills of Shakespeare productions.

Planet eStream BBC connect service Shakespeare Archive

In addition to the BBC content, the new Planet eStream Connect service will open up a world of content sharing opportunities for education providers. As well as sharing their Freeview TV and radio content, soon customers will have the option to share user-generated content with other members of the Planet eStream community, providing a comprehensive content pool. Connect users will also be able to make requests for subject-specific media to the community via an innovative ‘Connect Beacon Communication Tool’.

BBC’s Project Director for RES, Hilary Bishop says: "Our ambition was to digitise the wonderful archive of the BBC’s Shakespeare collection and enrich the teaching and study of Shakespeare in the UK. Many of the programmes have not been seen or heard since they were first broadcast"

The BBC has worked with the British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC) to make the content on the BBC Shakespeare Archive Resource accessible via the BUFVC’s BoB and Planet eStream’s Connect service. We are looking forward to launching Planet eStream Connect, and to hear how the community are incorporating these resources into their teaching.

"Having access to the BBC Digital and Shakespeare Archives via the Planet eStream Connect Service will greatly benefit both staff and students in preparing teaching materials and producing coursework. It will also enhance significantly the use of our Moodle VLE."

Simon Pointon, Library Technical Development, South Downs College