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

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Jordan Watton

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