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…

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…

Brexit in Five Videos

Brexit in Five Videos
On the 24th of June the world witnessed a seismic event, one that has changed the course of politics and history significantly. 30 million citizens of the UK participated in a referendum to determine whether the UK would remain in the European Union or leave it. The result: 52% of voters opting to leave the EU and an immediate flood of panic and chaos across the UK and the world. In just 72 hours Prime Minster David Cameron had resigned, the opposition Labour Party collapsed into disunity, the Pound dropped to its lowest value since…

What’s New in ClickView Online Version 5 – Interactive Videos and More

What’s New in ClickView Online Version 5 – Interactive Videos and More
There's been a lot going on recently at ClickView as our team busily prepared for the launch of ClickView v5. The good news is that the latest release is now available for all ClickView customers. As ClickView Online's Head of Development, I wanted to provide a quick overview of the changes you will find when you now log into ClickView. (more…)

Boost Student Outcomes through Targeted Teaching

Boost Student Outcomes through Targeted Teaching
When I was teaching one of the most frustrating aspects of planning for a class was ensuring I was targeting each lesson effectively, ensuring all students were able to grasp the content and express understanding despite the level they were at. Checks for learning at the end of preceding classes would help, but they were undermined by the time-pressures to move along whether or not all students had grasped the lesson’s objective. (more…)

Vale Muhammad Ali

Vale Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali, one of boxing's titans and a hero worldwide, passed away on Saturday after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. As a fighter Ali embodied a tenacious and rebellious spirit which, early on, put him offside with many both inside the industry and out. He shocked the boxing world with his unorthodox style and early career takedown of Sonny Liston for the World Heavy Weight Championship and he shocked much of America when he changed his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali and joined the Nation of Islam to further his fight for civil-rights.…

How can you engage students in higher order thinking?

How can you engage students in higher order thinking?
As teachers in a 21st century classroom we are discouraged from utilising the conventional ‘chalk and talk’ method, which simply fills our students’ brains with knowledge. Instead of teaching students ‘what’ to think, we are now implored to ignite a spark of curiousity and teach them ‘how’ to think. These higher order thinking skills are necessary for students to break through the saturated nature of our current ‘information age’. (more…)
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