How to engage an ever-changing generation of language learners – using video!

How to engage an ever-changing generation of language learners – using video!
Language teachers spend each lesson delivering the essentials of grammar, syntax and vocabulary. As we see new generations of language learners the challenge, or mission if you like, is to continue to deliver these essentials in fresh and relevant ways. The students who sit in our classrooms now have grown up swiping screens as often as flicking pages. Most have read more bubbles of text than paragraphs of print. Screens are their source of entertainment and information as well as their means of communication. And yes, screens are an integral part of their classrooms. Video…

Hey! Olivia de Havilland’s Stealing My Popcorn! (and How That Can Influence English Language Arts)

Hey! Olivia de Havilland’s Stealing My Popcorn! (and How That Can Influence English Language Arts)
Ok, that might be stretching it. Olivia de Havilland is not stealing popcorn BUT there are ways to feel as if actors Olivia de Havilland, Henry Fonda, and the like are right there enriching, informing and engaging our students. From the 1918 silent “Romeo and Juliet” to the recent version of The Beguiled a century later, to everything in between, we’ve seen hundreds of pieces of classical literature turned into films ranging from multi-million dollar, star-studded, “motion picture events” to Muppet movies! There’s a reason for that. Classic books contain classic stories and Hollywood, from…

Becoming STEM Trailblazers for 2017 and Beyond: How to use video to integrate STEM in your classroom

Becoming STEM Trailblazers for 2017 and Beyond: How to use video to integrate STEM in your classroom
Integrating STEM into teaching and learning has never been more pertinent for schools across Australia. It can be quite an overwhelming task for those of us who don’t have much background knowledge, skills or confidence in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. For other educators, it can feel like they have reached a glass ceiling and need inspiration for even more ways to engage students in the concepts of STEM. The good news, is that whether you’re a classroom teacher or a student, video is a brilliant tool to help you and your…

Celebrating this year’s 1 Minute Film Competition finalists

Celebrating this year’s 1 Minute Film Competition finalists
Video is a powerful medium for kids and young adults to explore concepts and reflect on issues. This year’s 1-Minute Film Competition has provided the perfect platform for students from Australia and New Zealand to do just this! The quality of entries this year has been high, with students producing exceptional videos using anything from stop-motion to short rhymes. Each entry was given the task of interpreting a theme, “Tomorrow”, and producing a 60-second video. Students were required to think about the entire video production process from start to finish including script writing, video production,…

ClickView 6.7: Greater Subtitle Options and Easier Login

ClickView 6.7: Greater Subtitle Options and Easier Login
At ClickView we like to make sure our platform is continuously improving and growing with our users. We regularly receive feedback and take this on board to come up with ways we can better meet your needs as educators, and as ClickView users. Our latest version, ClickView 6.7, comes with the ability for you to turn any video into a language learning experience, as well as easier login for your school's Administrators. It also compliments the latest release of Publisher, Version 6.1. Now available the next time you log in, our latest release gives you:…

A New Reality: 360° Video in the Classroom

A New Reality: 360° Video in the Classroom
OK, I’ll be honest – I’ve always thought that virtual reality was a bit of a fad - thinking 3D TV’s here. So when ClickView’s CEO, Evan, mentioned the Oculus Rift at the start of 2016, I knew the only way to energise the production team was for us to be exposed to as much VR as possible. While everyone was talking about VR, there weren’t many examples of it we could easily get access to. Luckily for us an amazing event called Kaleidoscope, touring only 10 cities in the world, had chosen Melbourne to…

Celebrate Australian Literature for Book Week 2017

Celebrate Australian Literature for Book Week 2017
Book Week is one of the most anticipated events among teachers across Australia. As a time for exploration and discovery through literature, Book Week promotes reading for young people, while celebrating Australia’s best authors. This year’s theme is “Escape to Everywhere”. To celebrate, we have compiled interviews with Australian authors, as well as books for young people that have been portrayed on screen, to highlight some of our favourite children’s and young adult literature. Join us for Book Week 2017, as we escape to new worlds and unknown destinations through books. (more…)

Indigenous Language and Identity: NAIDOC Week 2017

Indigenous Language and Identity: NAIDOC Week 2017
NAIDOC Week, the first week of July each year, is a time to celebrate and recognise the history and culture of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This year, NAIDOC Week (2 – 9 July 2017) centres around the link between language and identity, with the theme “Our Languages Matter”. The theme for 2017 encourages Australians to recognise and embrace the use of indigenous language in everyday life, where words and phrases might be as close as a local suburb or street’s place name. NAIDOC Week celebrates this theme through the arts and here…

ClickView 6.2: Delivering ‘classroom-ready’ TV recordings to schools

ClickView 6.2: Delivering ‘classroom-ready’ TV recordings to schools
This term, a big talking point concerning video in the classroom has been around delivering 'classroom-ready' TV recordings to teachers and students. TV is full of educationally-valuable content for your classroom. Whether it be a documentary, news story, or feature film, at ClickView we want to assist teachers in finding educational TV programmes and adding ‘classroom-ready’ TV recordings into their lesson plans. Our recent focus has, therefore, been on how to enhance the ClickView product with features that will give teachers the best experience with our TV recording service, ClickView 24-7. (more…)

Flipping Tradition for Our Technology Era – EduTECH 2017 Review

Flipping Tradition for Our Technology Era – EduTECH 2017 Review
"What is the most valuable use of your face-to-face time with your students?"​- Jon Bergmann Disclosure: My attendance at EduTECH 2017 was through a media pass provided by the organisers. In 2014, whilst on my final professional experience placement as part of my initial teacher education, my supervising teacher was exploring flipped learning. We had a chat about his understanding of what it was, how it worked, and how he was modifying things to suit his class. That particular class was a combined Year Five and Six class and he was using what I now…
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