Lights! Camera! Action!
Welcome to Puffin Virtually Live - the amazing free webcast for schools. Watch the world’s most astonishing authors and illustrators in your classroom! Tune in to see stories come to life, get tips on creative writing and inspire a lifelong love of reading among your pupils.
How to watch
On the day of the live show
To watch a Puffin Virtually Live show, you will need to create an account and register for a show before it begins – we recommend registering in advance to access free lesson resources and competitions.
The show will be streamed live at www.puffinvirtuallylive.co.uk.
During the broadcast the screen may freeze occasionally. This is known as buffering, which can happen if your internet connection is slow. Don’t try to adjust anything – please just be patient and wait for the broadcast to continue.
Viewing the event after the live broadcast
You will be able to watch the on-demand video after the live broadcast at www.puffinvirtuallylive.co.uk.
You do not need to register or login to watch our on-demand events.
Test the player
We would encourage you to use a hard line connection (ethernet cable) as opposed to Wi-Fi, as it is more robust. To comfortably watch the live stream without any buffering, you should use a hard line connection with a minimum download speed of 1mbps.
You can test your internet speed at www.speedtest.net.
You can watch the webcast with a lower connection speed, but you may experience buffering.
Please keep in mind that many things can affect internet speed. If you test your internet connection when not many people in your organization are using the internet, then you will have a better reading than at a time when everyone is online. For this reason, we recommend that you test your computer at the same time as the live event. In other words, if the next event is on Friday at 2 p.m. GMT, please test your computer on a Friday at that same time.
I can't watch the webcast, what's gone wrong?
It may be that your internet connection isn’t fast enough to receive the live feed. As a comfortable minimum, your internet should have a download speed of 1mbps.
You can check your download speed at www.speedtest.net.
Keep in mind that a hard line connection is always more stable than wifi. It may be that you need to request computer use in the rest of the organization is kept to a minimum during the live broadcasts.
The show is streamed through Vimeo, so you may need to check that www.vimeo.com is not blocked by your organizaton’s firewall.
If you are still having problems, please consult technical staff in your organization.
Where will the webcast be shown?
The event is shown on this website www.puffinvirtuallylive.co.uk.
Please make sure you have registered and logged in to the stream you are trying to watch.
What bandwidth do we need in order to view the show?
As a comfortable minimum, your internet should have a download speed of 1mbps. You can check your download speed at www.speedtest.net.
Keep in mind that a hard line connection is always more stable than Wi-Fi. It may be that you need to request that computer use in the rest of the organization is kept to a minimum during the live broadcasts.
If you are still having problems, please consult technical staff in your organization. You can also email us and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.
How long will the show last?
Our events last 30 to 45 minutes.
You’ll find the exact time for each event under the event information section.
Can we ask the author questions?
The author will answer a selection of questions during the event. You can submit your questions in advance here, or live on the day as you watch the webcast.
You need to register and login to submit your questions.
Please bear in mind that many thousands of children will be watching and will have submitted questions. Please don’t be too disappointed if your question doesn’t get asked.
Can we watch the show at a later date?
Who makes Puffin Virtually Live?
Puffin Virtually Live is created by a dedicated team at Penguin Random House. The show contains the best and most exciting Puffin books and authors. It is a central part of the Penguin Schools programme which aims to enable educators to inspire a love of reading in pupils of all ages.
Where can I find out more about Penguin Schools?
Visit the Penguin Schools web-page here to find free lesson resource packs and sign up to get regular updates on competitions, news and research for teachers and librarians.
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