Teach About Shakespeare with these Videos on ClickView

Teach About Shakespeare with these Videos on ClickView
To this day William Shakespeare remains a staple of the English classroom. The diversity of plots, combined with the timelessness of the themes in his comedies, tragedies and histories, sees Shakespeare broadly regarded as the greatest playwright and poet of the English language. Yet with this fame come the fears many students and teachers hold when faced with the challenge of understanding the texts and engaging with them deeply. Shakespeare is often placed in the ‘too hard’ pile when readers are thrown in the deep end without pre-reading and contextual study being utilised. (more…)

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…)

Reflections on John Hattie’s LEAP Conference Keynote

Reflections on John Hattie’s LEAP Conference Keynote
As an education research and policy tragic I was particularly excited to get to watch ClickView’s stream of John Hattie’s keynote at this year’s LEAP conference (I know, I know, I should probably get out more). The LEAP conferences, organised by Warren Marks and Suzanne Lazenby, always cover fascinating topics and this year’s focus on Professional Learning Communities was no exception. John Hattie’s keynote offered a number of really interesting takeaways, all of which had me wishing I was back at my school throwing ideas around with fellow teachers. Hattie’s core argument was that collective efficacy…

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…

Celebrate the 2016 Rio Olympics in the Classroom

Celebrate the 2016 Rio Olympics in the Classroom
The XXXI Olympics are just around the corner and once again the eyes of the world are turning to this global event. This Saturday the celebrations will begin in style as Rio kicks off its turn hosting the venerable sporting event. The Olympics, while built around competition and sport, are really more than just nations triumphing over one another, really the Olympics represent the possibility of humanity to put aside its differences and come together in the spirit of goodwill and harmony to celebrate as one spectacular two weeks of elite level sport. (more…)

Tips for Young Filmmakers: Five Videos on Filmmaking

Tips for Young Filmmakers: Five Videos on Filmmaking
Watching movies or going to the cinema is a favourite pastime for many. However, while we all enjoy a good film, not everyone is familiar with the world of professional filmmaking and what it takes to create a successful film that will resonate with an audience. (more…)

Using Precise Formative Assessment to Identify Student Needs

Using Precise Formative Assessment to Identify Student Needs
Assessing student learning plays a crucial role in establishing starting points and action for teaching. Within education circles, you will hear many explain that they are comfortable with diagnostic and summative assessment. However, the process of formative assessment often takes a backseat. To highlight the importance of using a combination of assessment types, I make reference to a paper and definition that received widespread attention and was heavily circulated by educators: “The fundamental purpose of assessment is to establish where learners are in their learning at the time of assessment” (Masters, 2013). (more…)

Latest Updates to Interactive Videos, ClickView Exchange, and more

Latest Updates to Interactive Videos, ClickView Exchange, and more
In my last post, What’s New in ClickView Online Version 5, I detailed some of the bigger, more notable changes that we have just released in ClickView, such as the new interactive videos. In addition to this, the team have been hard at work on many other powerful feature additions and changes that deserve the light of day. Some have been requested directly from the ClickView Community, so I know you have been waiting for these and can’t wait to get your hands on them. Without further ado, here is ClickView Online Version 5.2! (more…)

ClickView: The Zaption Alternative for Interactive Videos

ClickView: The Zaption Alternative for Interactive Videos
Some big news in the world of educational videos hit the airwaves last week – Zaption has been acquired by Workday and will “shut down” their service starting on 30th September 2016. Over the last years, Zaption has done a stellar job in strengthening video’s place in education, whether it be the classroom or the office, in particular the development of their interactive video functionalities. We congratulate Zaption on their work and their exciting acquisition. To current Zaption users, we would like to offer you a free trial of the ClickView platform so you can…

Celebrate NAIDOC week

Celebrate NAIDOC week
The first full week of July each year marks NAIDOC Week. NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, the group originally tasked with setting up national activities, but has since become the official name of the week itself. NAIDOC Week is a time to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and to recognise the contributions they have made and continue to make to Australia. The official theme for NAIDOC Week in 2016 is Songlines – The Living Narrative of Our Nation. Songlines, the records of travels…
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