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 GCSE students and explores key elements of Charles Dickens’ classic Victorian novel. Our team of educators have chosen to produce this series specifically for our UK customers. When we looked at all the British texts we could focus on for our next English video, Great Expectations was one of the most searched for novel titles on ClickView.

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 National Curriculum in England outlines as requirements for literature studies, and we directly address that information in our programmes.

For example, all English literature specifications in the UK identify the skills and knowledge that a novel study should help students develop. This 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.


ClickView flips learning on its head with interactive videos

Challenge for video learning

The biggest road block to showing videos to a class, whether  it is a prep class or sixth form, is maintaining student engagement. It can’t be monitored, it wastes valuable class time and it is difficult to prevent.

We recognised this as a challenge for our schools worldwide and have come up with a solution.

Introducing interactive videos

ClickView Interactive Videos come with built-in questions and additional resources. Whilst watching students will be presented with questions about the video content and are encouraged to answer them before continuing, making them a valuable formative assessment tool. Not only do our interactive videos increase the need for students to engage with the information presented, but they break up watching time. This encourages them to think, learn, understand and question further, not just watch and switch off.

Recent studies have observed that “student engagement” is more than a single concept. [1] It relies on the students’ motivation to learn, their participation in discussion and classwork, their understanding of academic concepts and how much they interact with classmates and teachers.

Flipped learning with ClickView
ClickView Interactive Videos are the perfect opportunity to start flipping your classroom.

Increase student engagement

Recent studies have observed that “student engagement” is more than a single concept. [1] It relies on the students’ motivation to learn, their participation in discussion and classwork, their understanding of academic concepts and how much they interact with classmates and teachers.

ClickView Interactive Videos touch on each of these: The video content is lively and interesting, providing motivation for the student. Teachers can look at the answers given by students and alter lesson plans based on their class’ understanding. Students can also watch videos at home before coming to class, encouraging a flipped classroom where they have more time to interact with their students and teachers in class.

See it for yourself

These videos are included as part of your ClickView subscription. If you are not a ClickView customer, feel free to request a demo and we would be more than happy to come to your school and show you how our interactive videos can help improve learning outcomes.


[1] Henrie, Curtis R; Halverson, Lisa R; Graham, Charles R.Measuring student engagement in technology-mediated learning: A Review[2015] Computers & Education Journal 1 December 2015, Volume 90, p36-53

Romeo and Juliet: Why We Need to Celebrate Its Minor Characters

The study of Shakespeare is a long-standing tradition in literary education, and most of us leave high school well-versed in the Bard’s themes and characters. Whether it’s “To be or not to be?” that causes us to question the very point of our existence, or the quick-witted Bottom that introduces us to the risqué humour of innuendo, Shakespeare often leaves a marked impact on our understanding of language and meaning itself.

As educators, one of our greatest challenges is teaching such canonical material in new and exciting ways.

Romeo and Juliet is, perhaps, Shakespeare’s most celebrated play. Its universal themes of love, tragedy and sacrifice speak to both young and old; its titular characters remaining the quintessence of forbidden romance, centuries after they were first penned.

As educators, one of our greatest challenges is teaching such canonical material in new and exciting ways. We at ClickView are creating new content to this end; providing teachers with fresh ways to engage today’s students.

The Director - This is Shakespeare

ClickView’s This Is Shakespeare is a four part series that provides insight into the themes, dramatic techniques and characters that come to life in popular Shakespearean works. It approaches the complexity of Romeo and Juliet in a novel manner.

In Romeo and Juliet – Minor Characters, Tybalt, Juliet’s nurse and Friar Laurence are placed on centre stage. The programme’s analysis of Romeo and Juliet moves beyond the much discussed relationship of the play’s protagonists, to reveal how the Bard uses theatre to contend with Renaissance perspectives on gender, family, and doubt. The prejudices and values that were held by Shakespeare and his contemporaries are unpacked in an engaging parody of the amateur theatre scene.

Love, of course, is a salient point of deliberation, but duality and fate also feature heavily in how the play unfolds.

As our video illustrates, the Nurse juxtaposes the ideal of youth and femininity portrayed by Juliet. The character voices the objections of the spurned woman: an archetype used commonly in Renaissance depictions of femininity. In doing so, Shakespeare problematises the adoption of either extreme; Juliet’s naivety and the Nurse’s disillusionment ultimately prove to be destructive qualities.

Thematically, Romeo and Juliet is a rich source for understanding the human condition. Love, of course, is a salient point of deliberation, but duality and fate also feature heavily in how the play unfolds. The enmity between circumstance and free will reaches dizzying heights in the play’s conclusion, but it is the play’s minor characters that foreshadow the imminence of tragedy and, ultimately, renewal.

Discussion Questions

  • Compare how women are depicted in Romeo and Juliet by comparing the characters of Juliet, the Nurse, and Rosaline. How do these women reflect Renaissance gender stereotypes? What is Shakespeare attempting to say about these stereotypes?
  • The idea of fate in Romeo and Juliet coincides with inevitability. To what extent do you believe this to be true? Do you think Romeo and Juliet were truly star-crossed and doomed to die, or do you think that they have, instead, suffered the consequences of their hasty actions? Explain your answer.


Further Activities

  • Write a scene between the Nurse and Juliet, set in the modern world. Consider how the Nurse’s role might fit into a contemporary understanding of the “spurned woman”. Similarly, consider how Juliet’s role might fit into a contemporary understanding of feminine naivety.


Behind the Scenes: ‘Most Embarrassing Sex Questions in History’

Do you remember studying sex ed in High School? I do, and I still shudder. I was a huge nerd through school, but the second sex ed classes started in Year 7 PDH/PE, I involuntarily shrank back in my chair and dreamt of lunchtime. Learning about all that kind of stuff in front of the popular boys? No way.

I really feel for teachers who have to talk about sex to a room full of teenagers. There are the constant giggles, the unfortunate slips of the tongue (organism/orgasm anyone?) and that brutal tension in mixed-gender classrooms when reproduction is taught.

Clickview’s new video series ‘The Most Embarrassing Sex Questions in History’ wants to get teachers through this touchy topic smoothly, and has enlisted Melbourne’s top comedians to help.

Presented as historical comedy, the videos show well-known historical figures going through sexual health and puberty situations that the students will also be experiencing.

The content is light-hearted and funny, but doesn’t shy away from hard to broach topics.

Sex Questions
Robin Hood has a wet dream and Little John spreads the word.

Max Miller, the Director of the series, says it was important to balance the comedy and entertainment side of the videos, while getting all the important information across to students.

Edwina Baden-Powell, Head of Production at ClickView and producer of the series, believes the videos will help begin the discussion about Sex Ed in the classroom.

“‘The Most Embarrassing Sex Questions in History’ was developed to help give teachers and students an icebreaker to start discussing tricky topics in class,” she says.

The videos provide the information, so teachers can focus more on encouraging discussion, and ensuring the students are interested and open to exploring the confronting topics of sex-ed.

The ClickView original production will be available in Spring 2016 as part of the Curriculum Library for Secondary Schools.