Delivering the latest high quality video content into your classrooms

At ClickView, our core focus has and always will be to enrich classroom learning experiences for teachers while saving time for librarians. In February, we made some changes to ClickView to ensure reliable delivery of new videos to teachers while facilitating the work of librarians.

To understand these changes we need to look back at how ClickView previously made new content available. Schools who have been with ClickView for a long time will remember receiving DVDs containing new content from ClickView, which were then replaced by USB drives, and then finally via “a push” to ClickView Publisher.

Over time, these methods have become inefficient. Packages could go missing in the post, new content may be forgotten to be added to a school’s ClickView Library, or there could be staff changes at the school. Whatever the reason, schools were missing out on valuable video resources that ClickView had produced especially for their teachers and students!

This is what we set out to resolve with the February updates.

Helping schools find and receive their missing videos

Initially we looked at how many videos schools had not downloaded over the years. Our findings determined that on average there were around 941 videos missing from a school’s library. That is quite a lot of titles, especially considering that those videos had been specifically identified and produced to meet the needs of the Australian Curriculum.

In our findings we also determined exactly which video titles each school was missing, for their reference. This was very important in ensuring each and every school knew what those missing videos were.

Finally, we worked on how to deliver the missing videos to schools. We knew the update would be different and unique to each school, so it was important that the update would accomplish the following two goals:

  1. Deliver all missing content to schools, specific to each school
  2. Provide a one-click process to add the missing content to a school’s library

Three things schools need to know about the recent updates:

1. A “hosted” ClickView Library = Instant, reliable delivery of new videos

For the schools using ClickView Publisher we switched on a “hosted” library, which is simply an online library that sits inside ClickView containing all video content. This meant that teachers could see the full breadth of videos available to them.

However, this came with its own challenge as many schools were missing many titles. Some by design, but many by accident. This meant we needed a process for schools to first see the missing content and then add it to their ClickView Libraries.

We decided to work on giving each school a custom list of videos that they were missing, known as “Library Review”. For each school, this custom list contained relevant and recently released videos by ClickView, all of which have been reviewed by educators and aligned to the Australian Curriculum.

2. “Library Review” = The ability for schools to review all new videos

Library Review gives schools 30 days to review new videos before the content is added to the ClickView Libraries and made available to staff. This empowers librarians and ClickView Administrators with the ability to review all new content and decide if they would like to add it to their school library or change who can access the video.

For schools missing many titles, we understand that it would take too long to review everything. Consequently we designed Library Review to easily add all new titles to your hosted ClickView Libraries with one click. We recommend doing this and then retrospectively managing access to any videos you don’t want in your ClickView Libraries (please see below). We’ve already seen most schools prefer this option as all the videos in your Library Review are aligned to the Australian Curriculum and have been produced by educators and specialist consultants for use in your classrooms.

3. You can manage teacher access of individual videos

We also introduced a new way for ClickView Administrators to manage access to videos that have been added to the ClickView hosted library. This means that Librarians and ClickView Administrators can decide exactly which videos teaching staff can or cannot view!

ClickView Learning Advisor, Brendan Mitchell, explains the changes in this short video below.

Receiving library updates in the future

Going forward all new video content will be delivered instantly to schools through the hosted ClickView Libraries. The new Library Review system then makes adding the videos to a school’s ClickView Library even easier than before!

The best part: Teachers won’t miss out on great new content.

Schools can still push any video to ClickView Publisher by clicking “Options” alongside any video and selecting “Add to your Library”:

Quick recap

The benefit of hosted libraries is that ClickView can now reliably and instantly deliver new videos to all ClickView schools, rather than using DVDs or USBs via the post. Library Review gives librarians an easy way to review new content and then add it to the school’s ClickView Library for staff to use in their classrooms. This saves librarians time so they can focus on what they do best; helping teachers find relevant content that complements their lessons.

If you have further questions about the recent changes, please see this support article where we’ve answered the most common questions about the February update.

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 and how they built the sets.

What makes this series different to other programmes about Great Expectations?

Most videos about a novel or play are adaptations of the original work. Where ClickView Original Productions differ, in particular our latest series Great Expectations, is that we are focusing on the analysis of the novel – just as teachers and students are doing. We look at exactly what the Australian Curriculum outlines as requirements for literature studies, and we directly address that information in our programmes.

For example, all English literature content descriptors in Australia identify the skills and knowledge that a novel study should help students develop. This specifically includes an understanding of the writer’s historical, social and cultural contexts; characters and their motivations; identifying themes, and evaluating a writer’s style and language choices.

This is why the Great Expectations series is broken into four shorter programmes – each tackling these important aspects of study. Additionally, all programmes come with a selection of worksheets and activities for students to complete, as well as the ClickView Interactive Video which provides another way to assess student understanding.

What additional resources are available for ClickView’s Great Expectations?

Each programme comes with a set of comprehension questions that can be used to help students note key programme information about the novel. The other activities provide a range of diverse activities so teachers can choose what best suits the needs of different classes and individual students. In this series that includes:

  • Creating a picture essay of the Victorian era.
  • Writing a ‘missing chapter’ from the novel about Magwitch’s experiences in Australia.
  • Analysis of how theme is revealed through plot, setting and characters.
  • Setting novel scenes to music to convey mood.

How can I watch this programme?

If you are subscribed to ClickView, this programme is available in our Curriculum Library for Secondary Schools. If your school does not have access to ClickView you can request a demo today.

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 and to get an inside look on what it takes to produce educational curriculum-mapped content. Continue reading “Behind the Bookshop: An Inside Look at Bertram Poppingstock”

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 1985, US$2 Trillionwas wiped from stock markets, Scotland may secede, Northern Ireland may follow, nationalist parties throughout Europe have signaled their desire to follow the UK out, and the entire European experiment – one designed to foster peace, stability and economic growth through interconnectedness – may now begin to slowly unravel.

What will follow Brexit is unclear, these are uncharted waters, but if history is any guide the rise of the likes of Trump, Brexit, vehement nationalism and economic turmoil are all connected and may augur badly for any chance of global stability in the coming years.

Understanding the decision to leave, and the consequences that this will have for the UK and the world is likely to be high on the list of many teachers and students over the coming weeks. Below are a number of segments from the BBC’s rolling coverage of Brexit that will help teachers to cover this crucially important topic. We will continue updating it topic as more coverage emerges.

You could even make each video interactive to better help students understand the issues around Brexit.

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.

BBC World News: The Leave Vote

In this segment the BBC travel to Dudley, an English town that voted to leave the European Union. Reporter John Kay interviews locals there and unpacks some of what Dudley can now expect as the UK readies itself to exit the EU. This forms an excellent case study of leave voters, their motivations and their background. Watch it here.

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BBC World News: The Politics of Brexit

In this interview the BBC unpack the atmosphere, events and future fallout of the EU referendum on politics in the UK. The interview also covers the thought processes and assumptions of those on either side of the referendum and the fact that many, even those who voted leave, assumed the UK would remain in the EU. Watch it here.

BBC World News: The Economic Impact of Brexit

This interview with chief economic adviser at Allianz, Mohamed A. El-Erian, unpacks the economic implications of Brexit for both the UK and the world. The economic repercussions of the UK, one of the planet’s core financial hubs, leaving Europe have been big news in the lead-up to the referendum and much of the negative commentary is beginning to prove true. Watch it here.

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BBC World News: The European Union’s Response

This segment focuses on the fallout of Brexit for the European Union. It covers the reactions of European governments to the UK’s decision to leave the community and also examines the worrying trend of ultra-nationalist political parties using Brexit as a precedent for their own countries to leave the EU. Such a domino effect could be the undoing of this regional organisation, a project decades in the making, and one unlikely to be repeated for decades to come. Watch it here.

BBC World News: The Story of Britain and the EU

This video provides a brief but comprehensive overview of the UK’s often tumultuous relationship with continental Europe and its everchanging response to European community building. Indeed, this is a story that culminated last week, at a terminus at which the UK appears to be disembarking from this regional community for good. Watch it here.

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

ClickView on the ABC: How We Became an Educational Video Company

If you flick over to ABC3 this month, you’re likely to see our very own Bertram Poppingstock, now a star on national television. Bertram Poppingstock is ClickView’s eponymous undercover agent in our production, Bertram Poppingstock: Problem Solver, who saves the world from deadly spelling and vocabulary problems while teaching important key learning areas of English to student viewers.

The ABC is the leading Australian public broadcaster so the screening of Bertram Poppingstock: Problem Solver on ABC3, starting 27th May, is an exciting recognition for our company as an acclaimed producer of video content.

So how did we expand from being a Sydney tech start-up into content producers of curriculum-mapped video titles for Australian educators and students, and now find ourselves on national television? Continue reading “ClickView on the ABC: How We Became an Educational Video Company”

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

TV for Teachers Top 5: Discover the cutting edge of science and explore the people behind the big issues

Welcome to the third episode of ClickView and Screenright’s new webseries – TV for Teachers Top 5 where each Wednesday we’ll be releasing our picks of the best educational programs from free-to-air tv over the past week.

The best part is they’re all available on ClickView TV – a free service where teachers can view and download videos for their classroom – powered by ClickView and Screenrights.

If you’re already a ClickView customer you can access these videos through the ClickView Exchange, copy them to your personal workspace and push them in to your school’s ClickView library.

TV for Teachers Top 5 aims to bring a new way for teachers to find resources to keep their lessons engaging and to make learning with videos easy. Whether it’s introducing a new topic, exploring a current affair or flipping your classroom, video can be a great way to enhance media-rich learning in your classroom and free-to-air television is a goldmine of educational content.

This week we’ll explore the personal stories behind some of the biggest social and political issues of the 21st Century and discover how the cutting edge of science is changing our understanding of the human body and the medicine we use. Check it out!

Gayby Baby

This week SBS showed the controversial Australian documentary ‘Gayby Baby’ in conjunction with this week’s upcoming Mardi Gras – giving the debate that has divided a nation a new voice. This documentary is a portrait of four Australian kids – Gus, Ebony, Matt and Graham – whose parents all happen to be gay. As they wrestle with the challenges of oncoming adolescence, the outside world debates the issue of marriage equality and whether or not kids like them are at risk. This program covers what has been a contentious subject across Australia, but it is a great way to show the people behind the issues and is suitable for units in society and culture and PDH classes. There are study guides available for this program from ATOM available online.

Afghanistan: Inside Australia’s War

You can also use the available ATOM study guide for the first episode of ABC’s new miniseries ‘Afghanistan: Inside Australia’s War”. This program shows Australia’s longest war – from 9/11 to the current day – from the perspective of our fighting men and women.  Through interviews and battle footage Australian soldiers reveal their war whilst it is still ringing in their senses. This documentary series contains coarse language, violence and war footage from the front lines – so may be only suitable for secondary students studying History, Politics and International Relations.

Catalyst – ‘Out of Africa’

This week’s episode of Catalyst follows Professor Vanessa Hayes as she visits the most genetically diverse people in the world in Namibia to trace the roots of humanity’s family tree to better understand the human genome. By investigating the extreme genetic diversity of the people of the Calahari desert for the first time, Professor Hayes exposes some startling truths about inequality in modern medicine and how researching these people could unlock a new medical future for us all.

The Diet Myth

The Diet Myth is another program that pulls apart our understanding of conventional wisdom in the medical field and reveals unknowns about the human body. This documentary explores how cutting edge research is changing our opinions on bacteria and how the microbes in our gut that we once thought of as our enemy may actually be one of our strongest allies in the fight against obesity. This program is a revealing look into our changing understanding of the human body and our digestive system, and offers a look to the future of diet and medicine.

Insight – ‘Placebo’

This week Insight asks “when it comes to medicine – how much of it is in your mind?” By exploring stories such as athletes achieving personal bests or test patient’s increased pain threshold both thanks to the use of placebos, SBS’ forum-style program investigates the strength of the placebo effect and how best it can be used to treat pain, sleep and nausea in actual patients. This episode is a good way to investigate the structure of scientific and psychological studies with your class and to reveal a look inside the strength of perception when it comes to the human mind through the eyes of experts from around the world.

If you are a customer you can access these programs as well as over 20,000 educational titles as part of the ClickView Exchange.

Not already part of the ClickView community? You can access these titles and many more on ClickView TV.

If you have any suggestions of programs from free-to-air TV over the past week that you think would be a great resource for teachers, feel free to contact tvforteachers@clickview.com.au

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 to our every whim. We are, however, increasingly perplexed by how these devices work, and our kids are being left with no clue as to how to develop such technologies themselves.

Computational thinking does not require an immediate mastery of modular arithmetic and Boolean expressions for students to develop their technological literacy. Mathematically speaking, computer science starts with the act of being logical.

In response to the growing illiteracy in science and technology, it is of the utmost importance that education seeks to bridge this gap. Many technologists argue that it is, in fact, not a very big gap to fill. Computational thinking does not require an immediate mastery of modular arithmetic and Boolean expressions for students to develop their technological literacy. Mathematically speaking, computer science starts with the act of being logical.

In our Bitesize Coding and Computing series, produced by the BBC, short animations “break down the problem” of learning to code through engaging, animated shorts that explicitly explain the basic tenets of computational thinking to a young audience. While remaining accurate to the methods required to successfully develop algorithms and implement their execution, clear language and humour are used to ensure that children are able to grasp these important concepts.

Discover how the internet works, how data is stored, and what you need to know to start making your own applications and games, in this exciting and important series!

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