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”

Connecting the Flipped Classroom with Meaningful Pedagogy: A Masterclass

On October 7th, ClickView brought together prominent educators from across Australia and New Zealand to take-part in Australia’s first Flipped Education Leaders’ Roundtable. The expert panel included:

While the day was designed to facilitate a high-level dialogue about flipped education, a growing practice in Australia, New Zealand and beyond, the broader narrative at play was how to best maximise and leverage the latent potential of technology to deepen teacher impact, improve student outcomes and better facilitate meaningful learning both in the classroom and at home. Continue reading “Connecting the Flipped Classroom with Meaningful Pedagogy: A Masterclass”

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.

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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.

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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

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