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. Continue reading “ClickView 6.2: Delivering ‘classroom-ready’ TV recordings to schools”

Celebrate Cultural Diversity this Harmony Day

On 21st March each year, students and teachers across Australia don orange in support of Harmony Day, a day to celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity. It is a day which promotes inclusion, respect, and learning about others. Australians are encouraged to share the stories of their heritage, over a delicious multicultural feast.

To celebrate, we have compiled a number of videos which represent the diverse faces of Australia, all of which have been contributed to the ClickView Exchange by the ClickView Community. From the stories of young refugees, to those of Australia’s multicultural icons, the broad range will help students prepare for Harmony Day, as they see the huge mix of people that make up Australia.

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Let’s Get Personal – New Release, ClickView v5.9

One of things I love most about my job is how we get to work closely with educators to ensure that our product is on the right track and going to meet the needs of teachers and students. In fact, just a week ago, I sat down and had a face-to-face chat at the ClickView office with two flipped teachers about ClickView flipped channels. That one-hour meeting was extremely valuable because again we received direct feedback from educators and their suggestions have now influenced how we will further develop the product. Continue reading “Let’s Get Personal – New Release, ClickView v5.9”

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! Continue reading “Latest Updates to Interactive Videos, ClickView Exchange, 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. Continue reading “What’s New in ClickView Online Version 5 – Interactive Videos and More”

Tackling Racism with ClickView

March 21 marks the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The Day was started by the United Nations in 1966 and is designed to remind us about the profound damage to individuals and societies caused by racial discrimination and spur people to work towards eliminating racism.

From radical de-racialisation surgery to meeting an Indigenous Taekwondo champion who is fighting racism, ClickView has gathered seven topical resources from the ClickView Exchange to provide examples of racism in Australia and abroad, spread awareness of this issue and elicit discussion about how it can be combated.

If you’re already a ClickView customer you can access these videos as well as over 20,000 more through the ClickView Exchange, copy them to your personal workspace and push them in to your school’s ClickView library. Otherwise, you can request a demo today.


Change my race

In this personal and very confronting program Australian-Chinese actress and TV presenter Anna Choy  journeys to uncover the growing trend of de-racialisation cosmetic surgery in Australia. Choy investigates a range of procedures including facial contouring, double eyelid surgery and skin whitening, revealing the extent to which people are willing to go to try and dissolve physical traits of their race. This program leaves the viewer asking the question: how is it that in 21st Century Australia people feel it necessary to go to such extreme measures?  And whether this is a question of personal choice or people feeling compelled to fit into a society that prejudices, even subconsciously, because of race? Watch it here.

Skin Deep: The Story of Sandra Laing

Skin Deep: The Story of Sandra Laing tells the moving and tragic tale of Sandra Laing, who fell victim to South Africa’s notorious apartheid regime. Laing was a dark skinned child, despite having two white parents. In turn, she was shunned and isolated by her white classmates and eventually imprisoned for marrying a black man. Through interviews with Laing and a variety of her contemporaries students will learn about the history of apartheid and the oppression and cruelness that it dealt to non-white citizens. The documentary also provides a stark illustration of how an entire country’s legal system can be devised not to unite and protect its citizens regardless of their backgrounds but divide and oppress based on their background. Watch it here.

Nazeem Hussein & Aamer Ramen Divide and Conquer

Six years ago comedians Nazeem Hussein and Aamer Ramen burst onto the Australian comedy scene tackling the troubling issue of racism with satire and humour. This program tells the story of how Hussein and Ramen’s provocative, tongue in cheek approach to countering racism found a large, enthusiastic audience that rocketed both to national fame. In the process, the program, through its tracing of the comedian’s journey shines a light on the effectiveness of humour, satire and being proud of one’s race and heritage can be a powerful means of diminishing the power of racism. Watch it here.

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Behind the News Special: Indigenous Kids Tell

Everyone has the power to make a difference, especially Indigenous kids in Australia. In this Behind the News Special we experience the daily lives of Indigenous children who are from Arnhem Land, fight racism with our own 13 year old Australian taekwondo champion and go behind the scenes of the National Indigenous Youth Parliament to learn about the week-long program which provides Young Indigenous Australians with access to the nation’s leaders. This is an excellent look at how people can empower themselves and their communities to tackle racism and promote positive social cohesion that bridges racial differences. Watch it here.

Skin Deep

Join acclaimed anthropologist Nina Jablonski on a fascinating biological tale that traces the complex relationship between skin colour and the environment and reveals its important role in survival and reproduction. Incredibly, in just one 5o minute episode Jablonksi explains the scientific reasons for differing skin colour and in turn ushers in a reassessment of the way in which we view skin colour, not as a marker of social difference but as a simple quirk of evolution and nothing more. This powerful film dismantles racist theories of difference and instead celebrates humanity’s extraordinary diversity. Watch it here.

I’m Not Racist, But…

It’s a phrase that often receives a roll of the eyes in return and in this episode of Insight veteran host Jennie Brockie lifts the lid on racism in Australia. Interestingly, Brockie moves away from framing racism as simply whites against non-whites and explores racism between different minority groups as well as prejudices people hold against their own race. Brockie also turns focus to the psychology of racism and investigates whether humans biologically fear those who look different to them and desire to remain in homogeneous groups. This wide ranging and timely examination of racism in Australia is sure to dispel misconceptions about racism and prompt frank and robust discussion within classrooms. Watch it here.

Racism, Diversity and the AFL

Award winning journalist Stan Grant presents this insightful look into the issue of racism and respect for diversity in the AFL going back to Damian Monkhorst’s headline grabbing racist outburst towards Michael Long during the 1995 Anzac Day game. Drawing on interviews with former players, media and academics, Grant looks at the way in which the AFL has changed not only as a game but also as an organisation. This programme raises crucial questions about Australia’s national sport, and whether it has managed to deal with the issue of racism in a meaningful and lasting manner. Watch it here.

If you have any suggestions for programs currently on free-to-air television that you feel would make a  great resources for teachers and students feel free to contact: rupert.denton@clickview.com.au

Mark International Women’s Day with ClickView

Tuesday 8 March marks International Women’s Day. This year the Day’s theme is #PledgeForParity, while women continue to contribute significantly to cultural, economic, social and political achievements around the world there is still much progress to be made in reaching gender parity. In fact, in 2015 the World Economic Forum made the sobering projection that at its current rate of change gender parity would not be achieved until 2133.

From the pivotal women of the Middle Ages to the rise of contemporary feminism we here at ClickView have curated videos from the ClickView Exchange to mark International Women’s Day. We hope these resources can help you celebrate this important day in your classroom and highlighting the challenges and triumphs of women both today and throughout history.

If you’re already a ClickView customer you can access these videos as well as over 20,000 more through the ClickView Exchange, copy them to your personal workspace and push them in to your school’s ClickView library. Otherwise, you can request a demo today..

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Utopia Girls: How Women won the vote

Join award-winning historian Dr. Clare Wright as she tells the fascinating story of how Australian women became the first in the world to gain full political rights. The documentary traces the significant changes won by the Australian Suffrage movement in the early 20th century as women like Caroline Dexter and Vida Goldstein fought tirelessly for equitable political representation. This documentary tells the story of crucial aspect of Australia’s Federation and the political organisation of the new country as well as providing an informative overview of the struggles and achievements of first wave feminism in Australia. Watch it here.

Women in Society

Gold digger, dumb blonde, bimbo… Women can wear some or all of these labels in a lifetime. In Women in Society a panel consisting of female authors and artists discuss the ‘good girl’ archetype, beauty icons, behavioural expectations, minority identities, and their experiences of overcoming labels placed on them without their consent. This program will spark valuable discussion about the problematic labelling, stereotypes, and expectations that women encounter in their day to day lives. Watch it here.

Regarding Susan Sontag

Susan Sontag was one of the most important literary, political and feminist icons of the 20th century. This documentary looks at her life and her work on the cultural and political forces shaping the world today. The documentary investigates themes such as war and peace, feminism, illness, photography and fame. Regarding Susan Sontag is a valuable and fascinating look at a woman whose impact and influence in the fields of film, political thought and cultural criticism is still being felt today. Watch it here.

My Life: What’s a Girl?

Gender is a complex topic that can often be confusing for young students. This program provides an insight into the challenges of the gender binary and how gender roles are taught from an early age through Shelby, a self-identified female who is often mistaken for a male. Her exploration into the complex world of gender and self identity brings forward issues that would be useful prompts for class discussion on personal development, sexism and society. Watch it here.

Compass: Whatever Happened To… Women’s Lib?

This episode of Compass focuses on the Women’s Liberation Movement of 1960s and 70s, and its impact on Australia’s culture and attitudes. Using historical footage as well as interviews with important individuals from the time, such as Wendy McCarthy and Virginia Haussegger, this program looks at how the movement has impacted their lives, as well as contemporary issues. This program will provide students with a solid understanding of the influence of second wave feminism and lead to important discussions about whether the tenor and tone of feminism in 2016 has changed or remained and why. Watch it here.

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Black Panther Woman

This documentary follows Indigenous woman Marlene Cummins and her involvement with Australia’s Blank Panther movement in the 1970s. Her story is one of both abuse and activism, as she shares the tale of her relationship with the Panthers’ Australian leader, Dennis Walker. This is important viewing as it not only covers the topic of women in activism but also illustrates the complex power dynamics between men and women and the challenges faced by women as victims of these power dynamics. Watch it here.

Women and Feminism

Annabel Crab leads a panel of highly influential women including author of the Female Eunuch Germaine Greer and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop as they tackle and debate big issues facing women in the 21st Century. Their discussion ranges from modern feminism, to sexual harassment in the workplace, to what women have had to sacrifice to pursue careers. This is a high powered conversation covering topics relevant to both women and men in contemporary Australia. Watch it here.

I am a Girl

Australian filmmaker Rebecca Barry, examines the lives of six girls between 17 and 19 from the United States, Australia, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Cameroon, and Papua New Guinea. Through interviews and observational footage Barry takes the audience on a journey alongside these girls as they experience important events and the rites of passage associated with growing up as a girl in their communities. In the process, I am a Girl highlights crucial issues like domestic abuse, mental health and family planning. This documentary will provide important insights into what it means to grow up as a girl around the world. Watch it here.

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Divine Women – Dark Ages

Bettany Hughes discovers how the period known as the Dark Ages was in fact a golden age for a few remarkable women and how education and literacy served as crucial tools for these women. Hughes introduces us to historically pivotal women including Theodora, a prostitute turned empress, who invoked  Mary the Mother of God to command a Christian Empire, and Wu Zetien – a courtesan who harnessed the power of a philosophy and Buddhism, to become the only woman to rule China as emperor. Divine Women also reminds the viewer of the crucial importance of education and literacy at a time when female education rates still remain well below those of their male counterparts. Watch it here.

Girl Rising

Continuing the theme of education as a tool for empowerment is Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins’ incredible film Girl Rising. In this unforgettable movie viewers follow the lives of nine girls living in the developing world as they confront and navigate injustices including child slavery, arranged marriage and other tremendous obstacles and, through the power of education and their tenacious spirit, break through almost impossible odds to pursue their dreams. This is a stirring film that presents the viewer not only with the terrible injustice faced by millions of girls the world over, but also with the power of education to empower girls and women to break through barriers and create change. Watch it here.

If you have any suggestions for programs currently on free-to-air television that you feel would make a  great resources for teachers and students feel free to contact: rupert.denton@clickview.com.au