has lots of resources that can help students with their homework. Have you looked through the Video Library? It is full of videos that teens can use as they tackle after-school assignments. The Video Library organizes clips by “newest first” so it’s easy to find reports on important world events and hot topics. Kids can locate videos on a wide range of topics and access content related to their work in school. It’s also a great place to send students to gather information on a topic or answer questions they have about current events.

Everyday Assignments

The Video Library on can give students an overview of topics so they are better informed and ready to complete their homework. For example, if they have to write about Syria as part of a current events assignment, a quick search of the Video Library will give them a few clips to watch. Students will build their background knowledge on the subject and be ready to answer questions about chemical warfare and the political climate of the country.

Research Projects

For teens working on research projects the Video Library on can help them locate information. Students can type in a keyword in the search function or look through different categories or tags to learn more about a subject. Watching a news program that combines high quality reporting with video is a great way to help students stay informed on a subject. It will keep them interested in the topic while they make sense of the information they’ve gathered from other sources. When assigning a research report to students you can require them to include video clips in their bibliography to show that they were able to use a variety of sources. has a guide for citing video clips like the ones featured on

Flipped Learning

Many teachers are exploring the idea of the flipped classroom and the Video Library at can help educators choose the right clips to assign to students. In the flipped classroom model, teachers assign videos for students to watch at home so when they come to class they are prepared to talk about the subject. These clips can include lectures, tutorials or any media that presents content. Teachers can assign news clips for kids to watch at home or during a free period as part of their homework. If this happens outside of the classroom, teachers can use their face-to-face time with students for whole group discussions, group work and partner activities.

Video Transcripts

Each clip in the Video Library includes a full transcript from that segment. Videos offer a unique way to learn about a subject and the transcript will help teens follow along and learn new vocabulary words by reviewing them in context. The ability to pause a clip to take notes or refer to the transcript included with each video post will help students as they get ready to write and report about a topic.

Have you asked students to watch videos at home? How has the Video Library fit into your student’s afterschool routine? Share your story in the comments section.

Monica Burns is an Education Consultant, EdTech Blogger, and Apple Distinguished Educator. Visit her site for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.

In this EdTech Interview series for Channel One News, we have profiled some fantastic educators who use technology in their school. Lori Wetzel is a Media Specialist in Michigan using technology throughout the school day. Here, she shares ideas for using technology in the library with middle school students. Follow Lori on Twitter for more great resources.

Please describe your current role in teaching and the student population at your school.

I am the K–8 Media Specialist for Fraser Public Schools, though I spent the large majority of my time at the middle school level. Part of my role as the building Media Specialist includes being an Instructional/Technology coach for both my math and science departments. On a daily basis, I facilitate the SWAT (Students Willing to Assist with Technology) Team as well as the Broadcast Team that films, edits and produces the RMS Weekly Broadcast. I work with students and teachers on a daily basis in a variety of ways based on their instructional and technological needs. I am an Instructional Partner with my staff members. I am an Information Specialist for my building and district, and above all, I am a teacher.

What type of technology do you use in your school?

Fraser Public Schools is a 1:1 iPad environment. Our students at Richards Middle School have their own iPad and take them home daily. All of our teachers have both a MacBook Pro and an iPad. The Media Center is equipped with seven Collaboration stations, also with Apple TV’s, so students can work in small groups while projecting their iPads for group members. The Media Center also has a recording studio complete with tripod, iPad mount, microphones, and green walls for filming video and green screen projects.

How has technology changed the way you teach and support students in the library?

Technology has completely changed the way I conduct business in the library, as much as it has changed the way teachers conduct business in the classroom. As a result of our 1:1 initiative, technology is no longer an event. Technology is integrated in meaningful ways every day. At the middle school level, and district-wide, we rely heavily on a Blended Learning model. Some instruction is face-to-face, while some is delivered digitally. Most (if not all) content is available via our Learning Management System.

Since all of our students have an iPad and a school-issued email address, it is not uncommon for students to email me directly for support. Support is available 24/7 online, and while I create some of the Tech Tips, my SWAT team students also contribute to the collection. Through the use of technology tools such as Socrative, Kahoot, Padlet and Nearpod, I can engage ALL of my students and give them a voice. Creativity tools such as iMovie, Green Screen, Book Creator and Explain Everything, allow my students to “show what they know.”

Above all, technology has made learning an anytime, anywhere occurrence. Learning doesn’t stop at 2:45 pm when the bell rings.

Do you have a favorite tech-friendly project or activity you’ve used with students? 

One of my favorite activities is a seventh grade science lesson that focuses on the structure of cells. In groups, students are given a lab tray full of random materials — i.e. play dough, licorice sticks, tinker toys, lima beans, etc. — and are asked to assemble a cell-like structure from the given materials. Students are required to label each part of the cell and create and share an iMovie that identifies each part of the cell, explains the job of each component, and why they created their cell the way they did. My science teachers actually use this activity as a summative assessment. This activity ties in well with both the 21st Century Skills — Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity — and the recently adopted Next Generation Science Standards.

What are your hopes for educational technology in the future?

I envision a future in which access to technology is equitable for all students. I want current and future generations of students to be engaged learners in an educational environment that is personalized and technology-rich. I foresee technology being a vital component to achieving this any time, any place, any path and any pace learning environment.

Monica Burns is an Author, Speaker, EdTech & Curriculum Consultant and Apple Distinguished Educator. Visit her site for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. senator is calling for a federal investigation into an outdoor advertising company’s latest effort to target billboard ads to specific consumers.

New York Sen. Charles Schumer has dubbed Clear Channel Outdoor Americas’ so-called RADAR program “spying billboards,” warning the service may violate privacy rights by tracking people’s cell phone data via the ad space.

“A person’s cellphone should not become a James Bond-like personal tracking device for a corporation to gather information about consumers without their consent,” Schumer, a Democrat, said in a statement ahead of a planned news conference Sunday in Times Square, where the company operates billboards.

But the company, which operates more than 675,000 billboards throughout the world, argues that characterization of its program is inaccurate, insisting it only uses anonymous data collected by other companies.

In a statement, company spokesman Jason King said the RADAR program is based on a years-old advertising technique that “uses only aggregated and anonymized information” from other companies that certify they’re following consumer protection standards.

King also provided The Associated Press a copy of a letter it sent earlier this year to another lawmaker who has similarly raised concerns about the ad service and consumer protections.

The company “does not receive or collect personally identifiable information about consumers for use in Radar,” CEO Scott Wells wrote in a March letter to Sen. Al Franken, a Minnesota Democrat. “It’s not necessary for the insights we are offering our advertising customers.”

The ad program is a partnership between Clear Channel and other companies, including AT&T and technology companies that collects location data from smartphone apps, company officials have said.

In a video on its website, the company says it “measures consumers’ real-world travel patterns and behaviors as they move through their day, analyzing data on direction of travel, billboard viewability, and visits to specific destinations.” That information, the company says, is then mapped against Clear Channel’s displays, which would allow advertisers to buy ads in places that would “reach specific behavioral audience segments.”

Clear Channel uses “aggregate and anonymous mobile consumer information,” the company said. The program gives marketers a “solution that provides a more accurate way to understand and target specific audience segments,” Clear Channel’s vice president, Andy Stevens, said in a news release announcing the initiative in February.

But an investigation into the company is necessary because most people don’t realize their location data is being mined, even if they agreed to it at some point by accepting the terms of service of an app that later sells their location information, Schumer said.

The Federal Trade Commission did not immediately respond requests for comment.


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BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on Iraq’s political crisis (all times local):

7:00 p.m.

Anti-government protesters in Iraq have temporarily ended their mass demonstration and are withdrawing from Baghdad’s Green Zone.

Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr tore down walls and poured into the heavily guarded area on Saturday, storming parliament in the culmination of months of sit-ins and demonstrations calling for political reform.

But on Sunday loudspeakers manned by al-Sadr’s followers announced the disbanding of the protests, and the demonstrators began filing out of the Green Zone in an orderly manner.

Al-Sadr’s movement has demanded an overhaul of Iraq’s political system, which is widely seen as corrupt and ineffectual.

The crisis comes as the government is struggling to combat the Islamic State group — which still controls large areas in the north and west — and address an economic crisis largely brought on by lower oil prices.


10:45 a.m.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered authorities to arrest and bring to justice protesters who attacked security forces, lawmakers and damaged properties of state institutions after breaking into Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone to protest delays in reform plans.

Al-Abadi’s Sunday statement came a day after hundreds of angry anti-government followers of influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr tore down blast walls and poured into the parliament building, exacerbating a long-simmering political crisis. Late Saturday, al-Abadi toured inside the parliament building, walking past damaged furniture.

Videos on social media showed a group of young men slapping two Iraqi lawmakers as they attempted to flee the crowd, while other protesters mobbed lawmakers’ motorcades.

The protesters eventually left the parliament Saturday night and rallied at a nearby square.

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says his latest shake-up of the organization paid off in the draft, including unanimity about the risky decision to take Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil.

The Dolphins selected players they had targeted, and benefited from cohesion among their decision-makers lacking in the past, Ross said Saturday.

Tunsil became the biggest story of the draft when he fell to Miami hours after a video was posted on his Twitter account showing him wearing a gas mask connected to a bong. Another post on his Instagram showed an alleged text exchange with an Ole Miss football staff member that included Tunsil’s request for money, prompting a university investigation.

Tunsil said his accounts were hacked. The Dolphins conducted months of research into Tunsil and are comfortable about his character, Ross said.

“Two hours before the draft, it’s somebody totally out to get the guy,” Ross said. “It’s not a question of this guy changed overnight. Meeting the kid, you know it’s a good kid. It’s going to be a great choice.”

Tunsil had been touted as a possible No. 1 overall choice, and instead Miami took him with the 13th pick. The Dolphins say there was complete agreement about the decision in the draft room, which also included executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum, new general manager Chris Grier and new coach Adam Gase.

Missing was the dysfunction that was a problem under former general manager Jeff Ireland and former coaches Joe Philbin and Tony Sparano, Ross said. Poor drafts have helped to keep Miami out of the playoffs the past seven seasons.

“I’m thrilled with this draft,” Ross said. “We got the players we wanted. There’s total unanimity — the front office, the scouts, the position coaches and the personnel department are all on the same page. I’ve never seen anything like it. They players they talked about wanting, they got every single one of them.”

Well, not quite. In the first round the Dolphins were high on cornerback Eli Apple, who went 10th to the Giants. They were then going to take linebacker Myles Jack until Tunsil became available. They tried to trade up in the second round to grab Jack, but he instead went to the Jaguars.

The Dolphins nonetheless addressed their biggest needs by drafting cornerback Xavien Howard of Baylor in the second round and running back Kenyan Drake of Alabama in the third. Late in the third round they traded up to select receiver Leonte Carroo of Rutgers, whom they had graded as a second-rounder.

“Those were the guys we wanted,” Ross said. “We got four players that we wanted — that everybody wanted. After every choice, everybody was thrilled. You saw a type of environment I haven’t seen before.”

On the final day of the draft, Miami traded one draft bust from the Ireland-Philbin era — cornerback Jamar Taylor, a 2013 second-round pick who never panned out. The Dolphins dealt him to the Browns to move up 27 picks in the seventh round.

They made two sixth-round picks — cornerback Jordan Lucas of Penn State, and receiver Jakeem Grant of Texas Tech, who said his listed height of 5-5 3/4 was not a typo.

“But I always tell people that I’m 5-6 1/2,” he said, “because you never going anywhere without shoes on.”

Grier said Tannenbaum was especially keen to draft Grant.

“Mike to his credit was all over this guy,” Grier said. “I was busting his chops the whole time, going, ‘Hey, this guy can fit under the table in the draft room here.’ But he’s ultra-competitive and thinks he’s the biggest guy on the field.”

Miami’s seventh-round picks were UCLA tight end Thomas Duarte and Western Kentucky quarterback Brandon Doughty, who grew up near the Dolphins’ complex.

“Hometown team,” Doughty said. “Who would have thought?”

Last year the defense ranked 25th in the NFL, worst for the Dolphins since 1997. But only two of their eight draft picks were defensive players, and they added no linebackers, defensive linemen or safeties.

Even so, Tannenbaum said, the draft significantly upgraded the roster.

“You feel that way until 9 a.m. tomorrow,” he said. “You’re always looking to add.”


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