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.


Next time you’re out jogging, instead of picking up pace, you can slow down and pick up some trash along the way. You’ll be quickly catching on to a new fitness trend that aims to keep both you and the environment in shape!

It’s fittingly named plogging (jogging while picking up trash), and it already has a following around the world, from Thailand to Scandinavia. Our Channel One News reporters tried it and had quite the bast!

So what do you think — is plogging the Next Big Thing? Vote and tell us your opinion in the comments section below. Or submit your video comments to We will feature the results of the poll and some of your comments on the show!


Because International is a nonprofit that has developed a new children’s shoe that expands up to five sizes. The idea was born after the organization’s founder, Kenton Lee, volunteered in Kenya. He saw that children there wore shoes too small and broken, causing them foot infections. That prevented kids from even going to school. So Kenton teamed up with a shoe development company to create innovative footwear made of leather and rubber that grows with the help of snaps on the sides and a buckle on the back.

So far, the growing shoe project has reached 20 countries, helping thousands of children protect their feet.

So what do you think — are shoes that grow the Next Big Thing? Vote and tell us your opinion in the comments section below. Or submit your video comments to We will feature the results of the poll and some of your comments on the show!


April is Earth Month, and the theme for 2018 is “Plastic Pollution.” Scientists have long warned us about the environmental and health dangers of plastics, and this Next Big Thing is on a mission to be part of the solution.

Imagine using a fork with your take-out salad or a spoon with your ice cream that, instead of trashing, you can … eat? A company called Bakeys has come up with a yummy alternative to disposable utensils. Their cutlery is made of a rice and wheat flour blend, using no preservatives or fats. The utensils are baked in high temperatures and come in different flavors — plain, sweet or savory. It’s a treat for you and for the environment.

So what do you think — are edible utensils the Next Big Thing? Vote and tell us your opinion in the comments section below. Or submit your video comments to We will feature the results of the poll and some of your comments on the show!

Photo credit: Bakeys

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia prosecutor is asking the court to reopen a perjury case against the chief organizer of a deadly white nationalist rally.

In a motion filed Monday, Albemarle County Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Tracci asked the court to reverse its decision to dismiss the perjury case against “Unite the Right” organizer Jason Kessler due to insufficient evidence of where the crime happened.

The case was thrown out March 20 by Judge Cheryl Higgins.

News outlets report the charge stems from Kessler’s sworn statement that he was assaulted by a Charlottesville man in January 2017. Prosecutors argued video surveillance contradicted Kessler’s claim. Kessler later pleaded guilty to assaulting the man he accused of assaulting him.

The court has until April 10 to decide.