The Flipped Classroom: Common Mistakes (video)

When it comes to reflecting on my teaching practice, I am my own biggest critic.

The importance of critical reflection and effective assessment and feedback for both students and teachers has been well documented. While there are many ways to deliver feedback, the compliment sandwich being a popular one, I like mine straight up. That’s why I found Jon Bergmann’s keynote at FlipCon Adelaide 2016 on the crucial mistakes people make in flipping the classroom particularly insightful.

Bergmann’s keynote revolved around twelve major mistakes people make when flipping the classroom – from making videos too long, to failing to make effective use of face-to-face time – and how to avoid these mistakes. As our Flipped Education Leaders’ Roundtable demonstrated late year, the flipped classroom has been around long enough now for practitioners to really advance the state of the art in incredible ways. At the same time new educators are continuing to take up and incorporate the practice into their teaching and learning and Bergmann’s talk is really valuable here as it gathers together years of reflection and insight into how the practice is being implemented across the world to parse out what to do and what not to do when flipping your classroom.

In turn, Bergmann’s talk offers an excellent guide about how to implement the flipped classroom effectively from day one without pulling any punches and will be useful for both the well initiated reflecting on current practice and those taking their first steps into the method and hoping to avoid trips.

Effectively Scaling the Flipped Classroom and Accurately Measuring Student Perceptions

At Parramatta Marist High School, we have undertaken a significant program of pedagogy change over the past decade. While the focus for our junior students has predominantly been Project Based Learning (PBL), we have moved towards models of Problem Based Learning (PrBL) and Flipped Learning for our senior students. In 2013, we undertook a whole-school shift to Flipped Learning for our Year 12 HSC students. Every lesson in every subject throughout the HSC is flipped. This was a significant undertaking and one that taught us numerous lessons as we refined our practice. Continue reading “Effectively Scaling the Flipped Classroom and Accurately Measuring Student Perceptions”

Making Flipped Classroom Lessons Is Easier Than It Looks

My name is Joel Speranza, and I’m a maths, digital technology and accounting teacher. I’ve been producing video content, including flipped classroom lessons, for use in my classroom for 3 years now. In that time I’ve made approximately 1,000 videos. This means I’ve made about 1 video a day since I started.

I know, that sounds like a lot doesn’t it? Don’t worry, it’s really not as difficult as you imagine.

I used to be terrified of making videos. I had no idea how to do it, I was terrified of having my face and my voice on screen. But after one too many students came in saying, “Did I miss anything yesterday?” I decided to gather up my courage and make my first video.

You can watch this video below.

There is so much wrong with this video. The sound is terrible, I can barely look at the camera, the camera keeps losing focus. The whole thing is a mess. You might think it’s a failure. But…

My students loved it! For the first time, they had true control over their own learning. They could pause the video if they were having trouble, or rewind it if they didn’t understand something. As the the final exam approached, students could re-watch the video to help them revise. Parents even got in on the act, learning the content anew and helping their children to learn.

I used to be terrified of making videos. I had no idea how to do it, I was terrified of having my face and my voice on screen.

This total control has only been possible in recent years with class sets of laptops or 1:1 schools. No longer do we need to wheel the TV trolley in and have all our students watching one screen. If students have their own screen, they can learn at their own pace.

Creating Your Own Flipped Lessons

Creating your own flipped lessons is simple. Just point your webcam or mobile phone camera at yourself, press record and start teaching. Upload to ClickView and share with your students. It really is as simple as that.

I’d like to stress now that the quality of your video production or the way that you do it really doesn’t matter. Students just want to learn, and they don’t care how fancy the production values are. I make videos in all sorts of ways. Here’s a little “highlight reel” to give you some ideas.

Here’s what I’m getting at. The video revolution has happened fast, with cheap video cameras, internet fast enough to handle video, easy video uploading and a screen for every student. It has happened so fast that many of us haven’t realised how easy it is to make and share a video to our class.

As teachers, we use all of the tools available to us to create the best learning experience for our students. Now, for the first time ever, making your own video is just another tool that you can use.

Give it a try. The first one is the hardest, after that, the rest is easy.

If you’re keen for a further look, you can view and share my flipped classroom maths videos here: https://clickview.tv/joelsperanza

Four Ways to Flip the Primary Classroom

Flipped Teaching in the Primary School is gaining traction every day. As the classroom becomes increasingly crowded with ever expanding curriculum and national testing, teachers are looking for ways to teach efficiently while maintaining a focus on best practice pedagogy. Flipped Teaching allows me to regain precious time from delivering content and focus on active learning within the classroom. I have been flipping my classroom for four years now, with great success. Continue reading “Four Ways to Flip the Primary Classroom”

Why Teaching Never Leaves You – World Teachers’ Day

Wednesday October 5 marks World Teacher’s Day, a very special occasion celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide. Having come to ClickView from teaching in regional Victoria I can attest to what an extraordinary job teaching is and I can also vouch for the extraordinary work that teachers do every day.

Reflecting on my own time teaching I find myself thinking that the most rewarding parts of being in the classroom weren’t when those overly ambitious lesson plans actually worked (a rare occurrence), or when students did particularly well on an assessment or project, rewarding though these moments were. Continue reading “Why Teaching Never Leaves You – World Teachers’ Day”

Teach about ANZAC Day with these Videos on ClickView

On the 25th of April the stirring sound of the Last Post will sound out across Australia and New Zealand as we remember the men and women who have served their country in conflicts since 1901. ANZAC day is a time for sombre commemoration of the sacrifices of both servicemen and women and anybody touched by the experience of war. It is also a day for reflection and consideration about what war means for a nation and a society, the myths and legends we create and whether these are the proper way to commemorate the experience of war.

Below are seven outstanding videos available on the ClickView Exchange that illustrate the experience of war, explore what is meant by the ANZAC Legend, and tell the diverse stories of men and women who have experienced war both on the battlefield and off. The videos will be excellent resources to incorporate into lessons leading up to ANZAC Day and are sure to spark meaningful discussion, and serious reflection about this important day.

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.

The War that Changed Us

The War That Changed Us: Episode 1 – Answering the Call

Contributed to the ClickView Exchange by Melanie S, St Ursula College

Answering the Call is the the first episode of this compelling dramatized documentary series, The War That Changed Us, which follows the real stories of six characters ranging from General Harold Pompey Elliot to Peace campaigner Kit McNaughton as they navigate the turbulent, fervent events following the declaration of war, including the Gallipoli campaign. Drawing on vast historical research the programme provides a wide range of perspectives that will be excellent for students looking at how and why attitudes and experiences differed at the advent of this catastrophic war. Watch it here.

ANZAC to Afghanistan

Contributed to the ClickView Exchange by Sharon S, Redlands 

Anzac to Afghanistan is a fascinating comparative study of two conflicts: the first the Gallipoli campaign a conflict that has become indelible on the Australian psyche, the second: the War in Afghanistan, exists in our living memory but does not hold the status of legend like Gallipoli. Four Corners correspondent Chris Masters sets out to examine this dissonance, that is, why one war holds such resonance but a far more recent one does not. In the process Masters brings together the first hand stories of soldiers from both conflicts in turn uncovering thought-provoking similarities and differences in the attitudes, perspectives and experiences of soldiers in two theatres of combat almost a century a part. Watch it here.

480 ANZAC: Oodgeroo Noonuccal

Contributed to the ClickView Exchange by Chris R, Nambour Christian College

Host Luke Carrol presents the story of ANZACs whose stories have been left untold for decades, those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen and women. Throughout the 20th Century Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders signed up to fight in conflict after conflict on behalf of Australia, despite the fact they suffered dispossession and discrimination under the laws of that country. In this episode, Carrol introduces Oodgeroo Noonuccal who was enlisted in the Australian Women’s Army Service during World War 2. She fought in segregated units in the Pacific Theatre and attained the rank of corporal. Following her service Noonuccal would turn to poetry and activism for the cause of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advancement. This story highlights one important story in the narrative of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ANZACs and is a worthy and thought-provoking resource. Watch it here.
Why ANZAC with Sam Neill

Why ANZAC with Sam Neill

Contributed to the ClickView Exchange by Tessa G, Our Lady Of The Sacred Heart College Kensington

In this stirring documentary, actor Sam Neill explores the ANZAC legend. Drawing on stories from his family, including his grandfather, who died along with 10,000 ANZACs in northern Belgium. By weaving his own experiences into this examination of ANZAC, Neill illustrates the stories and experiences of hundreds of thousands of others who were impacted by the conflict. Neill also explores the myths that stemmed from the conflict and seeks to disentangle the issue of whether we can honour those who serve as soldiers while disavowing militaristic nationalism. This is an excellent resource that could trigger a whole variety of meaningful conversations from exploring personal histories through the lens of World War 1 to engaging with how we mark and commemorate the ANZAC legend. Watch it here.

Behind The News: ANZAC Day Special

Contributed to the ClickView Exchange by Marie J, Sunshine Coast Grammar School

This special ANZAC day edition of Behind the News covers several relevant topics that will be useful for primary through to secondary students. The BTN team cover the story of Gallipoli, the background and significance of the iconic Last Post bugle call, the experience of living in the squalor and danger of the trenches, the perspectives of Turkish soldiers, and more. This resource will serve as an excellent overview of a whole range of important topics associated with ANZAC Day specifically and World War 1 more broadly. Watch it here.

Gallipoli ANZAC day


Contributed to the ClickView Exchange by Andrew M, ClickView

Peter Weir’s Gallipoli remains the landmark movie about Australia’s experience with World War 1. The film follows the story of two sprinters, Archie Hamilton and Frank Dunne, as they move from the peaceful isolation of rural Western Australia to the violent tragedy of the battlefront in Gallipoli. The film’s had an impact not only on Australian cinema but also on Australian culture. The film illustrates important themes like mateship, the naivety that lead so many young Australians to their deaths in far flung battlefields, and the catastrophic decision making that saw thousands of ANZACs sent to their deaths to provide a diversion for English troops. The film will spark discussions about war, how we celebrate and what, if anything, makes it a heroic experience. Watch it here.

Lest We Forget What?

Contributed to the ClickView Exchange by Tessa G, Our Lady Of The Sacred Heart College Kensington

This important documentary provides a thought-provoking meditation on the question of what we really remember when we remember World War 1. Presented by journalist Kate Aubusson who, at 27, is part of a generation that saw the resurgence of ANZAC legend in the 1990s the programme tackles a range of questions around what, how and why we commemorate ANZAC day. In doing so, Aubusson provides a critical reflection not just on what we remember when we remember, but also what we may forget. Watch it here.

To help support past and present servicemen and women visit The ANZAC Appeal by following this link.

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

It’s Time for Little Lunch: the Australian Children’s Television Foundation’s exciting new series!

As teachers, it can be difficult to admit that children learn just as much in the playground as they do in the classroom. A game of soccer out on the field or a candid chat about what’s happening at home can be just as crucial to a child’s developmental well-being as time spent honing their academic abilities.

As constructivist paradigms such as project-based learning and student-centred pedagogy rise in popularity, it may be time for us to acknowledge that the “social” is equally as important to embed into our lessons as quality content and curricular relevance.

In fact, to see these two parts of a child’s day as mutually exclusive may not be the most effective approach to our role in facilitating learning for the 21st century. As constructivist paradigms such as project-based learning and student-centred pedagogy rise in popularity, it may be time for us to acknowledge that the “social” is equally as important to embed into our lessons as quality content and curricular relevance.

One-step removed methods of exploring the “social” are a tried and tested method in personal development programs. We are, for example, generally familiar with the presentation of different scenarios and characters to promote the awareness of child protection strategies among our students. It can be difficult for students to empathise with such stories, however, when they are read without context or any consideration for our students’ respective personalities and interests.

Little Lunch is a mockumentary comedy series that makes light of the trials and tribulations of childhood with characters that will make your students (and, I’ll admit, myself) laugh out loud. Battie, Rory, Tamara, Melanie, Atticus and Debra-Jo bring to life the inherent sweetness, awkwardness, courageousness, and ambitiousness that we so often see in our students. These highly relatable, if a bit precocious, characters encounter obstacles in each episode of this series, which they overcome through the use of teamwork and a sense of humour.

Its characters enable teachers to present positive social behaviours without condescension or proselytisation. And hey, it’s funny too!

Little Lunch is rich in curriculum content, and can be attached to outcomes in Civics and Citizenship, Drama, Health and Physical Education, and English. Its characters enable teachers to present positive social behaviours without condescension or proselytisation. And hey, it’s funny too!


The series is also accompanied by the Little Lunch App, which allows students to create and share their own on-screen stories. The app prompts students to identify a main character, put together an ensemble cast, and structure an exciting narrative by filming five key scenes. Once your students have compiled all they need, the app stitches it together, so that they can watch and distribute their very own Little Lunch episode!

Little Lunch is produced by the Australian Children’s Television Foundation, along with many of ClickView’s most loved programs. The Australian Children’s Television Foundation has been held in high-esteem among educators in the three decades it has produced quality educational content for Australian students. Like Little Lunch, The Australian Children’s Television Foundation has also supported the production of such well-known series as My Place, Bushwhacked! and MY:24 – all of which you can are available on ClickView!

Discussion Questions:

  • Why do you think Battie felt uncomfortable about telling Mrs Gonsha that his grandfather could not attend Grandfather’s Day?
  • Do you think it is important to let your teacher or your friends know if something is upsetting you? If so, why?

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 of the NDARC, believes that despite the trends they are seeing, they still need more information before they understand the full extent of ice use in Australia.

“All the data we have indicated a strong upward trend in problems related to crystal meth-amphetamine”, he says.

Why has ClickView created “The Voice of Ice”?

The ClickView producers wanted to go beyond just providing students with statistics. They wanted to show them the real life consequences of drug use, through the eyes of people who had gone through ice addiction and come out alive.

They wanted to ask: what advice would former ice addicts give to their younger selves? If ice had a voice, what would it say?

The Voice of Ice shows three former ice addicts speaking openly about their addiction and the life-threatening situations they put themselves into.

Watch the trailer here.

“My life was absolutely falling apart around me,” reflects John, one of the former addicts in the video.

“I wrote this letter to my 15 year-old self”, he says, and begins to read. “Today I am calm, and in control of my life… I don’t hurt people any more, and I love my life without drugs.”

The Voice of Ice - John
John, a former ice addict, shares his story.

Providing critical information to students about the dangers of Ice use in this way gives them the chance to reflect on the true personal consequences of drug usage and addiction.

Through the video’s candid and personal perspective of people’s journeys through years of ice addiction, students can understand the full extent of the damage it can cause to people’s minds, bodies and relationships.

“The Voice of Ice” is part of ClickView’s “Drug Awareness” series,  available as part of the Curriculum Library for Secondary Schools. Simply search “Drug Awareness” to access this video, and others in the series.