ClickView’s Great Expectations – Behind the Scenes

ClickView’s Great Expectations – Behind the Scenes
Recently added to our Curriculum Library for Secondary Schools is a series we’re very excited to release, Great Expectations. This exclusive series is designed for Middle to Senior Secondary students and explores key elements of Charles Dickens’ classic Victorian novel. Our team of educators have specifically chosen to produce this series as it is a popular novel for literature studies in Australian schools. Our ClickView Productions Team have put together this video to take you behind the scenes of ClickView’s Great Expectations. Watch the video below to meet the team, see where the series was filmed…

Films by Young People Remind Us That Diversity Does Not Mean Division

Films by Young People Remind Us That Diversity Does Not Mean Division
It has been a true privilege to be part of this year’s ClickView and ATOM 1-Minute Film Competition. The moving image is an incredibly powerful way to create meaning and the young-people who participated in this year’s competition demonstrate why. This year’s theme of Diversity feels incredibly timely. There is a real sensation that our planet is becoming increasingly fractured by intolerance and fear of difference be it racial, cultural, social or political. What every entrant here has presented is a reminder that another narrative is possible, one defined by hope, acceptance and the celebration…

Talking About Religion with Your Students

Talking About Religion with Your Students
Is there a God? What happens to us after we die? Questions surrounding God or the meaning of life have been at the forefront of discussions for centuries, and still remain so today. Religion has sought to provide answers to these difficult questions. This year’s four-part series from ClickView, Let’s Talk About Religion, helps teachers to encourage open-mindedness and thoughtful discussions amongst students. (more…)

The Writers’ Workshop: Videos for Text Analysis with Your Students

The Writers’ Workshop: Videos for Text Analysis with Your Students
Secondary School students often struggle with text analysis. They not only find it difficult to draw out the themes of a text, it can also prove challenging to understand how literary devices and techniques are used to deepen meaning and produce a riveting story for the reader. What better way for students to develop their text analysis skills than by hearing authors talk about the writing process? By understanding how an author develops and constructs a narrative, students can then use that knowledge to deconstruct a given text and improve their literary analysis skills. The…

Behind the Bookshop: An Inside Look at Bertram Poppingstock

Behind the Bookshop: An Inside Look at Bertram Poppingstock
On the 27th May, the first episode of Bertram Poppingstock: Problem Solver, a ClickView production, was screened on ABC3, with the rest of the 5-episode series being broadcast on the national network over the following weeks. If you are new to Bertram Poppingstock, this series is part of our Secondary Curriculum Library for English, and addresses several key learning areas in grammar, vocabulary, and spelling as well as covering multiple Australian Curriculum content descriptors. We spoke to Sandra Frerichs, Head of Commissioning at ClickView’s Melbourne production office, about the origin of the Bertram Poppingstock series…

Cracking Code for Primary Students

Cracking Code for Primary Students
From kindergarten to the twelfth grade, our children are consuming technology at an alarming rate, but do they know how it works? “We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.” - Carl Sagan Carl Sagan voiced his concern at the growing disconnection between the users and creators of technology in his last interview in 1996. Two decades later, it seems that this warning has remained unheeded. Smart technology and the Internet of Things promise a world of convenience, with devices that cater…

Romeo and Juliet: Why We Need to Celebrate Its Minor Characters

Romeo and Juliet: Why We Need to Celebrate Its Minor Characters
The study of Shakespeare is a long-standing tradition in literary education, and most of us leave high school well-versed in the Bard’s themes and characters. Whether it’s “To be or not to be?” that causes us to question the very point of our existence, or the quick-witted Bottom that introduces us to the risqué humour of innuendo, Shakespeare often leaves a marked impact on our understanding of language and meaning itself. As educators, one of our greatest challenges is teaching such canonical material in new and exciting ways. Romeo and Juliet is, perhaps, Shakespeare’s most…

The Voice of Ice – three former ice addicts tell their harrowing story

The Voice of Ice – three former ice addicts tell their harrowing story
Crystal meth-amphetamine, commonly known as 'ice',  has emerged in recent years as an extremely dangerous drug, with devastating consequences. As ice use spreads through the country, it has become extremely important to equip young people with knowledge about this drug and its consequences. How widespread is the Ice problem? Last month, the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) reported that ice-related incidents in Australia have doubled in the last decade. Since 2001, hospital admissions have increased to nearly 300 per million people, and over 8 per million people have died from the drug. Professor Michael Pharrell, Director…

Behind the Scenes: ‘Most Embarrassing Sex Questions in History’

Behind the Scenes: ‘Most Embarrassing Sex Questions in History’
Do you remember studying sex ed in High School? I do, and I still shudder. I was a huge nerd through school, but the second sex ed classes started in Year 7 PDH/PE, I involuntarily shrank back in my chair and dreamt of lunchtime. Learning about all that kind of stuff in front of the popular boys? No way. I really feel for teachers who have to talk about sex to a room full of teenagers. There are the constant giggles, the unfortunate slips of the tongue (organism/orgasm anyone?) and that brutal tension in mixed-gender classrooms…