TV for teachers top 5: Explore changing cultures and discover unheard stories from WW2

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Jordan Watton

ClickView and Screenrights are proud to announce that we’ve been working together to bring you the first episode in our new webseries – TV for Teachers Top 5. Each Wednesday we’ll release 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 explore some of the unheard stories from before and after World War 2 and view the changing cultures of Australian Aboriginals in the 1950’s and modern Chinese people. Check it out!

WW2: 1942 and the Soft Underbelly
This documentary examines British campaigns in North Africa and Italy during World War 2, seeking to determine why forces were so heavily deployed in these areas when the War was against a German foe. Labelled the “soft underbelly” of the War by Winston Churchill, this documentary questions the accuracy of such a statement.

Berlin Wall: The Night the Iron Curtain Fell
The construction of the Berlin Wall was a momentous political gesture, cutting off West Berlin from East Berlin and Germany. This program follows the accounts of eye witness journalist Adam Kellet-Long as he documents the night the wall was raised. This is an excellent resource for Modern History students for placing the events of the Cold War in context.

This film from the 1950s provides interesting insight into the attitudes and perspectives toward Indigenous culture in this period of Australia’s history. “Jedda” broke new ground in its era, as it was the first Australian film to star two Indigenous actors. The writing and the story, however, reveal the extent to which racism pervaded mainstream Australian society decades ago.

Real Chinese: Home and Family
This program blends the study of Chinese language and geography, with a focus on how Western values and trends are beginning to influence the views and attitudes of its population. This resource is perfect for Chinese language studies, while also enabling students to gain a more comprehensive understanding into contemporary Chinese life and culture.

Terms and Conditions May Apply
This informative program discusses the legality and consequences of the information we voluntarily submit online. From tracking our searches to using our personal information, large companies such as Google and Facebook often hide what people sign up to in their terms and conditions. Including interviews with Google Engineer Ray Kurzwil and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, this program will encourage students to consider their internet privacy and safety before immediately clicking the accept button while online.


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 you think would be a great resource for teachers feel free to contact