Scott: What is up! Looks like we made it to another Friday! Today, we will show you what the president has to say about the best value for college. And we have got your chance to help us discover the next big thing. All that and more on this August 23rd.
I am Scott Evans and Channel One News starts right now!
It has been a busy week for President Obama who kicked off his tour of the Northeast with hopes of helping future college students keep a little money in their pockets. Demetrius Pipkin has the story.
Demetrius: President Obama says you, as students, have two options.
President Obama: Either they say no to college and pay the price for not getting a degree – and that’s a price that lasts a lifetime.
Obama: You do what it takes to go to college, but then you run the risk that you won’t be able to pay it off because you’ve got so much debt.
Demetrius: And he says that that is a choice you should not accept. So he launched a bus tour yesterday through the Northeast where he spoke to students at the University of Buffalo, in New York, about a plan to make college more affordable. On average, college graduates make about $400 more per week than high school graduates.
Obama: Over the last month, I’ve been out there talking about what we need to do as a country to make sure that we have got a better bargain for the middle class.
Demetrius: He is rolling out a proposal to help parents and students select schools based on the best value by putting a rating system in place that looks at things like tuition costs, graduation rates and the amount of money made after graduating. The government will then provide more federal aid to schools with a higher rating. And students who attend higher-rated schools would get more aid and loans.
Obama: What we want to do is rate them on who’s offering the best value so students and tax payers get a better bang for their buck.
Demetrius: Over the past thirty years, the average tuition for a public four-year college has more than tripled, from about $2,500 in the early 1980s to nearly $9,000 today. The White House believes that an education reform is an important part of the economic recovery because Americans now owe more than $1 trillion in student loan debt.
The president also wants to help students with loan debt by cutting the amount they have to pay back each month. The average student loan borrower graduates with over $26,000 in debt.
But, of course, he will need Congress on board to approve this proposal before any of it can be put into place.
Obama: This has to be Washington’s highest priority. How do we make sure everybody gets a fair shake? That’s got to be our priority.
Demetrius: Demetrius Pipkin, Channel One News.
Scott: The next stop on the president’s bus tour is Pennsylvania. If you want a closer look at the president’s plan, head to Channelone.com.
Now, after the break, we have got your headlines. So don’t go anywhere.
Okay, it is time to see what else is making news out there. Now we head to the country of Egypt where one president was released from prison while another remains in custody.
Supporters cheered outside the prison as a helicopter flew former President Hosni Mubarak away. The chopper took the longtime Egyptian leader to a nearby military hospital where he will be held under house arrest. The 85-year-old was let go because he reached the maximum two years that a person can be held awaiting a trial under Egyptian law.
His lawyers have settled one corruption case against him, but he still faces retrial on charges for his involvement in the killing of nearly nine hundred protesters. The demonstrators died in the 2011 uprising that took down Mubarak’s regime.
Some who took part in the protests are disappointed he was set free.
Sherief Gaber: It feels like they’re trying to slap us in the face. But I don’t think that I want to give them the benefit of, you know, being crushed and dispirited.
Scott: Mubarak ruled for thirty years and since his fall, the country has been in chaos. His successor, President Mohamed Morsi, was removed from power last month.
Some say Morsi should face a trial too. But his supporters have been fiercely fighting to get him back in power. And now, many fear Mubarak’s release from prison will cause more unrest.
Mubarak was taken to the hospital because he claims to suffer from high blood pressure and depression.
Now, Maggie, what do you have for us?
Maggie: Well, much of the West is dealing with wildfires. More than 19,000 firefighters are battling flames in ten states.
There is so much smoke from the Western wildfires that the plumes can be seen from space. This is what the mountains of Idaho look like from the International Space Station. From Wyoming to California, forests and dry brush are burning out of control.
Yesterday, the government said it was running out of money to fight the fires. And the peak of wildfire season is just getting underway. The U.S. Forest Service said it will transfer $600 million from other areas in its budget to help fill the gap. The Forest Service has already spent more than $900 million fighting fires so far this year.
Scott: Thanks, Maggie.
Now, as much as we all know how social teens are online these days, it turns out they really do care about privacy when it comes to their smartphones.
Jason: That is right, Scott. A new report out shows that it is actually a majority of teens who care about privacy on apps.
Nearly 60% of all American teens download apps to their phones or tablets. And more than half of those who do say they choose which ones they download based on concerns about personal information being shared with others, including location information.
In the report from the Pew Internet Project, more than 25% of teens say they have even uninstalled apps once they learned that the apps might be collecting information that they didn’t want to share. But the reasons that teens don’t want to be tracked is not always to protect themselves from strangers. Researchers report that some of the people that teens are being track by are their own parents.
And one more thing: The report says that girls are almost two times more likely than boys are to disable the location tracking features.
Scott: Thanks, Jason.
Now, in just a bit, we have got your chance to help us discover the next big thing. Don’t miss it.
Today is Friday, and you know what that means. It is time to find out if we have found the next big thing.
Last week, we told you about Cryptochat, a way to secure your phone from eavesdroppers. But is it the next big thing? Sixty-eight percent of you said, ‘Yes, privacy is king.’ But thirty-two percent of you said, ‘No, that’s just not my thing.’
This week, we are talking about a device that brings the images you see on-screen into real life. And it is something you have to literally feel to believe.
NHK, a Japanese broadcasting company, has been developing the technology to see with your hands. People with a visual disability can now feel virtual objects. Using an attachment with five metal ball bearings, the device stimulates your finger as if an object were actually there. The device simulates the texture of an object, whether it is sharp or smooth. And you can even push against it. The device returns the pressure giving the illusion of reality.
So, what do you think? Is this hands-on technology really the next big thing? Well, head to Channelone.com to vote. And you know the drill. Next Friday we will show you the results.
Now, meet a teen who is managing to make a big difference.
Dylan Mahalingam: When I was around eight or nine years old, my family went on a trip to India. I saw people begging for money on the streets and there were people starving in the alleyways, children working. I had to do something, however small that would be.
Scott: But there is nothing small about what Dylan Mahalingam did.
Dylan: We formed the non-profit organization Lil’ MDGs.
Scott: MDG stands for Millennium Development Goals. Forty-one thousand kids from forty-three countries working to meet targets set by the United Nations to help people in need everywhere.
Dylan: Children around the world raised $780,000 for the tsunami relief in 2005 in Indonesia and over $11 million for Hurricane Katrina relief.
Scott: Dylan’s work has been recognized by religious and world leaders, including the Dalai Lama and three U.S. presidents.
But what project is he most proud of?
Dylan: Creating a sustainable community in Loita, Kenya. We provided them with an education system. We built a school in the community.
Scott: And now he travels the world spreading his message.
Dylan: As we grow older and gain more authority and experience and respect, our capacity to serve others increases.
Scott: Proving that you are never too young to help change the world.
Dylan: If that’s what I am doing, I guess I can say that I’m doing something good.
Scott: Scott Evans, Channel One News.
I love seeing young people doing awesome things to give back. Now, if you want some ideas on how you can give back, head to our Impact page over at Channelone.com.
Now, that is going to do it for us. I am Scott Evans. Make this weekend epic, and we will see you Monday!
Channel One Teacher Notes
Story: Next Big Thing: Haptic Feedback System
Activity: Tactile Matching
Subjects: ELA, Science
Recommended Grade Bands: 6-12
Students can describe and identify tactile information.
- How do inventions like the haptic feedback device make life easier for people with visual impairments?
- What challenges do people with visual impairments face? What inventions can be made to address those challenges?
- How might inventions for people with physical impairments help all people (for instance, ramps)?
Small groups: Divide your class into small groups. See if students guess an object correctly based on its description.
Engineering Design (MS-ETS1.)
Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to capture the action and convey experiences and events. (W.6-10.3d)
A Japanese broadcasting company is developing a way for people with vision problems to “see” objects on the computer with their hands.
Using an attachment with five metal balls, the device mimics the feel of the object on the computer screen.
If the object is sharp, the user will feel a sharp sensation. If the object is smooth, the user will feel a smooth sensation.
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Choose the word pair that correctly completes this sentence. The new device mimics the _____ of virtual objects so that people with ______ problems can “see” them.Correct
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