About Us.

How it began

The Education Television and Video Communications Trust was established in June 2010 by e-cast Ltd as a not-for-profit Trust to manage the development and distribution of the off-air broadcast recordings services to Schools, Kura, Polytechnics, Wananga and Universities throughout the country. The Trust has been approved by the Minister of Education and Screenrights to operate as an Education Resource Supplier under the Copyright Act S.48.

Educational establishments throughout New Zealand can access this unique service to select relevant content covering all curriculum subject areas.

Why use video resources in your teaching practice?

Audio visual material in the classroom is nothing new – who can forget OHPs with their slippery slides, fuzzy focus and blown bulbs?

Since then, both the technology and the content have improved considerably. Today’s digital natives will readily engage with video, thus reaping the benefits of its ability to communicate on both a cognitive and emotional level. While textbooks take a linguistic approach to learning, audio visual content utilises sight, sound, colour and movement, inspiring deeper learning, better retention and reinforced motivation.

Cone of Learning example from Wikipedia (Edgar Dale)

The key lies in how video content is implemented in the classroom. Instead of having students just watch a video, annotations and response enabled tools can be added to pop up at any point.

These can be anything from simple labels and text boxes, to single or multiple choice questions and true/false questions. The addition of these (and other) annotations turns any video into an enriched learning experience.

ETV distributes programmes recorded off-air from television channels in its TV Recordings catalogue, and videos downloaded from Internet channels in its Online Collections catalogue, that can be viewed and downloaded under the terms and conditions of the Screenrights Licensing Scheme. Please click here for complete Screenrights Licence information. ETV Version 5 launched in 2019 as a completely rebuilt and significantly improved service including two new services EVA and ELINK.

EVA, a new Video Annotation Service, launched in 2018 to help teachers get more value from the use of videos in teaching and learning. EVA Basic is free with ETV and EVA Pro is available with or without an ETV subscription.

ELINK, a new Content Management Service, launched in 2019 to help teachers more easily store, organise and deliver their learning resources to students and colleagues. ELINK comes free with ETV or EVA Pro.

LINKTV, a Set Top Box Service, launched in 2019 to make viewing ETV content on large screens more user friendly. Access to LINKTV is free with an ETV Subscription.

We understand education and have experience in education and teaching. We are here to make teaching more effective for teachers, more engaging for students and more fun for everyone.

Gresham Bradley

Director & Trustee

Martin Drew

General Manager

Gretchen Badenhorst

Education Services Manager

Natasha La Trobe

Media Resource Librarian

Kathy Parry

Assistant Media Resource Librarian

ETV’s TV Recordings and Online Collections are available with a Subscription of $3/EFTS/year.

Access is free to ETV’s Live-streaming Freeview Domestic and International TV Channels, and a Library of educational videos provided by organisations who want schools to access their content online at no cost.  Contact us if you are an organisation that has videos you want made available to educators.

University of Otago

We have used the ETV recordings of one week’s evening television on TV1, TV2 and TV3 to code for tobacco and alcohol imagery as part of research to examine how prevalent this imagery is in our television viewing. ETV has made this very easy for us by recording the stated times and channels and sending us downloadable files in a very timely manner. We have found these recordings to be very accurate and user friendly. This work is being replicated from a similar study completed 10 years ago using VHS recordings; ETV technology has greatly improved the ability to undertake this work

ACG

We have used the ETV recordings of one week’s evening television on TV1, TV2 and TV3 to code for tobacco and alcohol imagery as part of research to examine how prevalent this imagery is in our television viewing. ETV has made this very easy for us by recording the stated times and channels and sending us downloadable files in a very timely manner. We have found these recordings to be very accurate and user friendly. This work is being replicated from a similar study completed 10 years ago using VHS recordings; ETV technology has greatly improved the ability to undertake this work

Wellington East Girls College

I tried to buy DVDs of some Art History programmes but couldn’t and then found that they’re on ETV. Shakespeare’s Hamlet with David Tennant will catch the student’s interest and Media Studies comes alive with so many great films and programmes as well as the whole Christchurch rebuild story, perfect for geography students

Rosehill College / Mindlab

ETV is just a great service. I found myself teaching junior social studies for a couple of terms last year and I really don’t know how I would have managed without ETV. There are very few paid services which I would recommend to schools, but this one is essential.