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.

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Lawmakers and tech industry leaders have announced the completion of a new high-speed data cable that stretches across the Atlantic Ocean.

Representatives from Facebook and Microsoft joined with Virginia’s governor and two senators in Williamsburg to celebrate the cable’s completion on Friday morning.

The 4,000-mile cable runs from Bilbao, Spain, to Virginia Beach. It can transmit 160 terabits of data per second.

That’s 16 million times faster than the average home internet connection. Put another way, it could stream 71 million high-definition videos at once.

The cable is named Marea, which is Spanish for “tide.” It’s a joint project between Microsoft, Facebook and global telecommunication company Telxius.

The cable will help to meet growing demand for internet infrastructure across the globe. It will also make the network more reliable.


LAKE FOREST, Calif. (AP) — Some television viewers in southern California were startled when an apocalyptic emergency alert flashed on their screens.

The Orange County Register reports ( ) a Lake Forest woman says she was watching HGTV on her Cox Communications cable service on Thursday when the alert flashed across the screen. Video shows the message included the voice of a man warning that “in the last days extremely violent time will come.” The newspaper says Spectrum cable customers also got the message.

A Cox spokesman tells the newspaper that viewers should have seen a typical emergency-broadcast test but a technical malfunction caused it to go on longer than it should have. He says the broadcast picked up an audio feed that bled into the alert.

The cable companies say they’re investigating.

NEW YORK (AP) — Marc Anthony is pleading for help for Puerto Rico, which has been devastated after being pummeled by Hurricanes Maria and Irma.

Authorities say the island may be without power for at least four months following Hurricane Maria, which hit the U.S. territory with 155 mph (249 kph) winds, the strongest hurricane in over 80 years. The island was already battered by Hurricane Irma, which hit days earlier.

Anthony, a native New Yorker whose family is from Puerto Rico, urged his fans to help the island. In videos in English and Spanish posted to his social media, the singer urged people to donate to the relief efforts led by the island’s first lady, Beatriz Rossello, saying, “today, Puerto Rico needs our help.”

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Roy Moore, a firebrand jurist who is close to snagging the state’s Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Alabama, once called homosexuality an “inherent evil” and referred to ethnic groups as “reds” and “yellows” in a speech lamenting racial and political divisions in the country.

Twice ousted from the bench, the U.S. Senate contender has a history of provocative comments that have simultaneously made him a lightning rod for controversy and propelled his popularity in the conservative Deep South state. While he is disliked among members of the Republican establishment, his penchant for shooting from the hip appeals to many voters who are drawn to his plain-spokenness and authenticity.

Moore is on the eve of what could be a triumphant political resurrection: His strong showing in a party primary earlier this year forced Sen. Luther Strange into a heated Sept. 26 runoff for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat previously occupied by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The winner will become the favorite against Democrat Doug Jones.

Not surprisingly, his increased public exposure as a candidate has led to a more intense scrutiny of his words. In a speech last week about divisions in the country, Moore employed words that in contemporary society are considered ethnic slurs. Saying the nation is as divided now as it was during the Civil War, he remarked, “We’ve got blacks and whites fighting, reds and yellows fighting, Democrats and Republicans fighting, men and women fighting.”

Asked later about the comments, Moore’s campaign responded with a quotation from the Bible song “Jesus Loves the Little Children,” which refers to children by color. “‘Red, yellow, black and white they are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.’ This is the Gospel. If we take it seriously, America can once again be united as one nation under God.” Moore’s campaign posted the same response on Twitter.

In a 2002 child-custody case involving a lesbian mother, Moore wrote that homosexuality is “an inherent evil against which children must be protected.” The Alabama Supreme Court ruled in favor of the father, and Moore authored a concurring opinion saying there was a presumption the mother was unfit because she was in a relationship with a woman.

Dawn Larson, the mother in the case, said Moore’s actions were painful, but that she gets satisfaction knowing her case has been used as a rallying point against him over the years.

“It absolutely boggles my mind how the citizens of Alabama can keep re-electing someone who is so blatantly biased, has no understanding of separation of church and state, and who has proven over and over that he is simply unfit for the job. I don’t have to believe the way Moore does, but I will defend his right to worship as he chooses. I just wish he offered every other American the same option,” Larson told The Associated Press by email.

Asked about the case, Moore told the AP his opinion supporting the court decision was based on state laws against sodomy and gay marriage.

While his campaign platform focuses on a variety of issues, such as the repeal of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul and increased military spending, his signature issue through the years has always been the “acknowledgement of God.” Moore’s stump speeches, like his political career, often mingle politics, law and religion.

In a February speech, he appeared to suggest that the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were a result of the country straying from religious roots. He quoted an Old Testament verse about the “breaking cometh suddenly at an instance” for those that have despised the word of God. “Sounds a little bit like the Pentagon, whose breaking came suddenly at an instance, doesn’t it?”

Moore told the AP that the section of the speech was about how the country needed God’s protection.

In a campaign speech Saturday, Moore complained that political operatives supporting Strange are showing up at all of his speeches with video cameras, hoping to catch him in a misstep or twist his words with editing.

Moore, a West Point graduate, was a little-known country judge when a decision to decorate his courtroom with a homemade wooden copy of the Ten Commandments set him on the path to fame. The American Civil Liberties Union sued over the display, and his habit of opening court sessions with Christian prayer.

The notoriety helped propel Moore — twice— to the office of chief justice. A judicial panel removed him from the post in 2003 when he disobeyed a court order to move a Ten Commandments monument out of the state Supreme Court building. Despite the controversy, he was re-elected in 2012, although last year, the panel suspended him for the remainder of his term after he wrote a memo telling probate judges they remained under a court order to refuse marriage licenses to gay couples.

National Republican groups, at the urging of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, are spending millions on behalf of Strange. That’s partly out of the routine practice of protecting incumbents; Strange was appointed to the seat by then-Gov. Robert Bentley after Sessions’ promotion to the Justice Department, and Strange has proven a reliable vote for McConnell and President Donald Trump. But there’s also the quiet fear that Moore is a weaker general-election candidate than Strange and would be a more unpredictable senator.

Wayne Flynt, a historian who has written books about Alabama history, said voters view Moore as “authentic” because he seems to truly believe what he says. Flynt said Moore appeals to voters who are tired of the establishment candidates on both sides of the aisle.

“How can he be a serious candidate for Senate? I can guarantee you among the Republican establishment, he’s not. They are terrified of Roy Moore,” Flynt said. “And I really think he has a very good chance of winning.”