ChannelOne.com 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.
The Video Library on ChannelOne.com 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.
For teens working on research projects the Video Library on ChannelOne.com 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. EasyBib.com has a guide for citing video clips like the ones featured on ChannelOne.com.
Many teachers are exploring the idea of the flipped classroom and the Video Library at ChannelOne.com 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 ChannelOne.com 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.
Each clip in the ChannelOne.com 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 ClassTechTips.com for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.
BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on Iraq’s political crisis (all times local):
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.
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.
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.
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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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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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Latest on Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholders meeting, where tens of thousands of people have listened to CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger talk business for several hours (all times local):
Berkshire Hathaway shareholders have overwhelmingly rejected a resolution calling for the company to write a report about the risks climate change creates for its insurance companies.
CEO Warren Buffett says he agrees that dealing with climate change is important for society, but he doesn’t think climate change creates serious risks for Berkshire’s insurance businesses.
Buffett says the fact that Berkshire generally writes insurance policies for one-year periods allows it to regularly re-evaluate risks, such as climate change.
The activists who proposed the motion tried to urge Buffett to take a public stance in favor of measures to reduce consumption of fossil fuels, but he resisted.
Warren Buffett says he doesn’t think a nationwide bubble in real-estate prices has developed, but that real estate isn’t as attractive of an investment as it was a few years ago.
Buffett told shareholders at the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting that he thinks many real estate markets, such as his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, continue to offer sensible prices.
Buffett says he doesn’t think real estate will be the source of broad economic problems the next time the U.S. economy is in trouble.
But he says the current low interest rates may be encouraging people to buy homes at elevated prices they may eventually lose money on.
Warren Buffett says he doesn’t think 3G Capital has overdone its cost-cutting and layoffs at Heinz and Kraft Foods.
Berkshire teamed up with the Brazilian investment firm 3G to buy Heinz and Kraft Foods.
Buffett says he thinks 3G has been extremely intelligent in its cuts and hasn’t eliminated things that will hurt sales volume.
Buffett says all kinds of American companies are “loaded with people not doing anything or doing the wrong thing.”
Warren Buffett says he thinks Berkshire Hathaway’s unusual culture will endure long after he is no longer leading the company.
Buffett says Berkshire’s board, managers and more than 350,000 employees will work to preserve the company’s culture in the future.
Berkshire trusts its managers to largely run their companies themselves with little oversight. Buffett always encourages employees to protect Berkshire’s reputation and strengthen their brand.
To eventually replace the 85-year-old Buffett, Berkshire plans to split his job into three parts — chief executive officer, chairman and several investment managers. Buffett wants his son Howard, who already serves on the board, to become chairman after he is gone.
Buffett, however, has indicated that he has no plans to retire, and he says he loves his work and remains in good health.
Buffett has said previously that the company has several outstanding internal candidates for CEO, but he has refused to name them.
In presidential politics, Buffett has long supported Democrat Hillary Clinton, so one shareholder asked what might happen to Berkshire if Republican Donald Trump were elected.
Buffett says the effect on Berkshire won’t be the main problem if Trump is elected. But he reassured shareholders that Berkshire would prosper regardless of who is elected.
He says U.S. businesses will continue to adapt and thrive, and no president will end that.
The derivative contracts that big banks hold on their books can make them hard to evaluate, but Warren Buffett says he remains comfortable with Berkshire Hathaway’s investments in Wells Fargo and Bank of America.
Buffett says he still thinks derivatives can be dangerous in large quantities.
Berkshire holds a portfolio of derivatives that act similar to insurance policies. Some of them cover whether certain stock market indexes will be lower years into the future. Others cover credit losses at groups of 100 companies, and some cover credit risks of individual companies.
Buffett told shareholders Saturday that he won’t ever agree to a contract that Berkshire couldn’t easily pay if it needed to.
Munger says the country would have fared better if banks had been prohibited from engaging in derivatives.
Warren Buffett doesn’t think Coca-Cola’s critics are right to blame the company’s sugary beverages for obesity.
Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is Coca-Cola’s largest shareholder, and Buffett says he gets about one-quarter of his calories from Coke products every day.
Buffett says everyone has a choice about whether to consume more calories than they need, and it’s not Coke’s fault if they do.
Buffett says he’s probably happier because he’s consumed so much Coke, fudge and peanut brittle in his life, and the 85-year-old remains in good health.
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Billionaire Warren Buffett says one of the keys to successful investing is avoiding envy.
Buffett told shareholders at Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting Saturday that investors shouldn’t envy someone who profited by buying shares in a company’s initial public offering or claimed a lottery jackpot.
Buffett says the key is to find look for investments that make sense to you and think of stocks as a slice of an individual business that you’d be comfortable to own for the long-term.
Warren Buffett defended NV Energy’s role in a recent rate hike that regulators approved for rooftop solar customers.
Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway owns the Nevada utility, so he was asked about the issue at Saturday’s annual meeting.
Buffett says people with rooftop solar power systems were allowed to sell power to the utility at prices roughly three times the market price.
Supporters of renewable energy complained that the new rates will discourage solar power investments. But Buffett says the old rates had the effect of forcing other ratepayers to subsidize the small group of people who invested in solar systems.
Berkshire Hathaway’s first-quarter profit grew 8 percent largely because of the way it had to account for its Duracell acquisition on paper, but revenue fell at its BNSF railroad and at its insurance units.
CEO Warren Buffett offered a preview of the first-quarter results at the company’s annual meeting Saturday although Berkshire won’t release its full report until next Friday.
Berkshire earned $5.589 billion, or about $3,400.89 per Class A share. That’s up from $5.16 billion, or $3,143 per Class A share, last year.
During the first quarter, Berkshire traded roughly $3.8 billion worth of Procter & Gamble stock for Duracell and about $1.7 billion cash. That boosted the paper value of Berkshire’s investments and derivatives to $1.85 billion this year over $920 million last year.
Berkshire also completed its $32 billion acquisition Precision Castparts during the quarter.
Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholder meeting again opened with a humorous movie filled with a mix of skits and ads for the company’s products.
One of the bits in the movie showed Berkshire CEO campaigning to earn a spot in the Celebrity Apprentice show with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
But Buffett, who served as a financial adviser to Schwarzenegger when he ran for California governor, was outmaneuvered by Berkshire Vice Chairman Charlie Munger.
Schwarzenegger picked Munger for the team after the 92-year-old’s ruthless pitch that said “Hire me if you want to live.”
The video also showed Schwarzenegger pretending to practice variations on “You’re fired!” such as “You’re terminated!” to prepare for the show.
Buffett and Munger will begin taking serious business questions Saturday morning and continue through the day.
A shareholder exclaimed “There he is” as he joined the throng of people surrounding Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett at the booth displaying aviation parts and other products made by Precision Castparts.
Buffett was again surrounded by dozens of shareholders trying to get close enough to take a picture as he toured the exhibit hall at Berkshire’s annual meeting. The 85-year-old investor is treated like a rock star at the event.
University of Arkansas student Fabio Rivera says he and some friends drove up to attend the meeting to hear Buffett talk.
Rivera says he wishes he had opportunities to see top business leaders like this in his home country of Honduras.
A group of environmentalists hopes to make an impression on Buffett and the audience when they urge shareholders to support drafting a report on climate change risks Berkshire Hathaway’s insurance companies face.
Tim Rinne with the Nebraskans for Peace group that submitted the resolution says he knows the measure is likely to be defeated given that Buffett opposes it and he controls nearly one-third of the votes, but he hopes they can persuade Buffett to speak out about climate change.
The group brought in climate scientist Jim Hansen and Illinois State University professor and insurance expert Jim Jones to make their case at Saturday’s meeting.
Buffett said in his annual letter that the report isn’t needed. He says it’s reasonable to worry about climate change’s effect on the world, but it shouldn’t hurt insurance companies because policy prices are set annually based on that year’s risks.
Shareholders began to fill Omaha’s downtown arena for Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholder meeting before 6:30 a.m. Saturday.
The company let the crowd in the Centurylink Center early Saturday, so people could get out of the steady rain and begin filtering through the metal detectors security set up for the first time this year.
They’ll have to wait a couple hours for Berkshire CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger to begin answering questions. That’s the day’s main attraction.
But in the meantime, they can grab breakfast or start shopping at one of the booths selling products made by Berkshire Hathaway subsidiaries in the 200,000-square foot exhibit hall. See’s Candy and Dairy Queen offer plenty for a sweet tooth while Fruit of the Loom, Geico insurance and Brooks running booths can serve more practical needs.
Berkshire Hathaway’s peculiarities are on display again this weekend with tens of thousands of people filling an arena to listen to Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger talk business for hours at the conglomerate’s annual meeting.
The Omaha event features an adjoining 200,000-square-foot exhibit hall where Berkshire subsidiaries such as See’s Candy, Fruit of the Loom and Geico insurance sell their products as executives chat with shareholders.
For the first time, Saturday’s meeting will be broadcast online on Yahoo Finance. The crowd may be smaller than last year’s 50th anniversary meeting.
Bob Shanahan returned to for his second Berkshire meeting, so his son, Tim, would have a chance to attend the event while the 85-year-old Buffett and 92-year-old Munger are still leading the company.