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.

Shelby: For most of us, admitting our mistakes on camera is a pretty scary thought. But one guy in Ohio posted his video confession online for millions of people to see. Maggie Rulli tells us why.

Maggie: The video begins with a story.

Matthew Cordle: I was out with some friends. We were all drinking really heavily.

Maggie: A man whose voice and image have been digitally altered, talks about driving drunk. A crime he committed months ago. But instead of trying to fight the charges against him, the man says he wants to take responsibility for his actions and then reveals himself.

Matthew: My name is Matthew Cordle, and on June 22nd, 2013, I hit and killed Vincent Canzani. This video will act as my confession.

Maggie: Mathew Cordle posted this video where he admits to driving the wrong way down a highway while drunk and crashing head-on into Vincent Canzani’s car. Police say Cordle was found injured at the scene and had a blood alcohol level that was twice the legal limit.

Yesterday, Cordle made good on his online confession…

Matthew: Yes, Your Honor.

Maggie: …Pleading guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide and driving under the influence – crimes that could cost the 22-year-old Cordle up to eight years in prison.

Young people have the highest rate of driving while under the influence. More than 20% of teenagers and nearly 25% of people in their early twenties admit to driving drunk within the past year. And while the penalties for driving under the influence vary from state to state, every states can punish even first time offenders with jail time. And that is on top the already tough punishments for underage drinking.

Cordle’s story and his unusual online confession have gone viral…

Ron O’Brien: It was a compelling piece of video.

Maggie: …And even caught the case’s prosecutor by surprise.

O’Brien: Boy, I’ve never seen one like this before, I would tell you that.

Maggie: Steve Crain was a friend of Vincent Canzani.

Steve Crain: This is the right thing to do. And I think that’s the way Vince would look at it. In fact, I think Vince would be proud of that young man.

Maggie: But Vincent Canzani’s daughter calls the video ‘self-serving,’ saying quote, ‘My family has not been helped at all by this video. Nothing has changed for the better and, if anything, it has only caused us heartache.

Maggie: To get his controversial message out, Cordle chose the website because I said I would, created by Alex Sheen.

Alex Sheen: I actually helped Matthew Cordle film this confession video. He was looking for a way to reach people with the message of not drinking and driving, and not making the same excuses that he made in his life.

Maggie: Excuses that will now haunt him for the rest of his life.

Matthew: I’m willing to take that sentence for just one reason. And that reason is so I can pass this message on to you. I’m begging you, please don’t drink and drive.

Maggie: Maggie Rulli, Channel One News.

Maggie: Two months ago, fourteen-year-old Aria Jewett was attacked by a classmate just outside Oceanway Middle School in Jacksonville, Florida.

Aria Jewett: So, like, I didn’t even know it was coming.

Maggie: This cell phone video of the assault is hard to watch. Her attacker, another eighth-grader, hit her repeatedly. Aria thinks there were about thirty kids watching.

Aria: Because she had everyone else, like, videotape it. She had the girl bring me over there. So, she probably had this planned.

Maggie: Aria suffered a fractured skull. Her attacker was arrested for aggravated assault and removed permanently from the school.

Aria says her attacker videotaped at least five other assaults, some on school grounds.

Aria: And, like, she never got expelled.

Maggie: One in four teens is bullied. And in those cases, 80% of the time it ends in a physical fight. Experts say videotaping those attacks is becoming a trend. And students across the country have been caught videotaping and posting those fights to the internet.

Aria’s family asked Florida Circuit Judge Henry Davis to protect their daughter but his ruling about the attacker surprised even them: “This child is a threat to all of the children at any school. The injunction is a permanent injunction barring this child from returning to any public school in Duval County.” The school district’s superintendent says the judge’s ruling went too far.

Superintendent Nikolai Vitti: I don’t think we should use the bad decisions children make outside of schools as an example or a scapegoat to make a message.

Maggie: Nikolai Vitti says public education is a constitutional right. He says all students deserve second – even third – chances.

Vitti: And I believe that the perpetrator should be provided the same opportunity. It’s a tough decision but my role as superintendent is to support the law and enforce the law.

Maggie: While Aria’s attacker will not be allowed back at her school, an appeals court judge did overrule the ban preventing her from attending any public school in the district. And a lawyer for the attacker told me she started at a different school this week.

Scott, back to you.

Jessica: Sixteen-year-old Ben Cermak and his thirteen-year-old-brother, Nate, like to play the war game Call of Duty.

Ben: Even though it is violent, I don’t think this is going to make me violent.

Jessica: It is up for debate if violent video games and violent behavior are linked. Some studies say there is a connection, others say there is not.

But last month’s mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut has people asking what is contributing to America’s culture of violence? The head of the National Rifle Association, a group which supports gun rights, is targeting video games.

Wayne LaPierre: They play murder, portray murder as a way of life, and then they all have the nerve to call it entertainment.

Jessica: Vice President Joe Biden recently sat down with video game manufacturers, as well as several other groups, to come up with recommendations on gun control. Yesterday, he met with President Obama to talk over a wide range of proposals expected to be released today.

Vice President Biden: There is no silver bullet. There is no – as one of my friends said – no seat belt that you can put on to assure that you will not be in this circumstance again.

Jessica: The video game industry responded to a government crackdown twenty years ago by creating ratings similar to those for movies. Violent games are rated M, which the industry considers suitable for ages 17 and up.

Critics say that is not enough. They want the government to order violent games to carry warnings like those on cigarettes.

Putting legal restrictions on violent video games may be difficult for the Obama administration because of a 2011 decision by the Supreme Court. The court said video games are protected by the First Amendment right to free speech. So, change may have to start with video game players, like Max Goldstein.

Last month, the Newtown, Connecticut seventh grader started a group called Played Out. It encourages young people to throw away their first-person shooter games.

Max Goldstein: It was a little inappropriate and rude to the families who lost children to play these games.

Jessica: Jessica Kumari, Channel One News.

Maggie: Look familiar? These fourteen lifeguards did something hundreds of other teens have done worldwide: make their own version of the wildly popular Gangnam Style video. Posted on YouTube two months ago by the South Korean rapper known as PSY, this mega-hit video has been viewed more than 200 million times. But the video made by the lifeguards, who are all employed by the city of El Monte, California, got them all fired.

Lifeguard: I was in shock, because I didn’t really think that it would escalate to termination.

Maggie: Juliet Gilek is one of the 14 fired lifeguards. And she says their video never meant to cause problems.

Juliet Gilek: I loved what I did. I loved teaching the kids. I loved making sure everybody was safe. So I would have never wanted to hurt the pool in any way. This was just a fun thing to capture our memories with.

Maggie: Many of the lifeguards are college students who relied on their jobs for income.

Lifeguard: To be blunt, this was my only job and my only source of income in terms of paying for books and contributing to my schooling.

Maggie: The city of El Monte said it wasn’t the content of the video that was the problem. Instead it was “a clear unauthorized use of city resources and property.”

While Gangnam Style might be the YouTube video of the moment, it certainly isn’t the first to go viral. And making spoofs of these famous videos is just as popular. Remember all the “Call Me Maybe” spin-offs from earlier this year?

El Monte resident: I think maybe some of this is just a generational divide, that maybe there’s people on the El Monte City Council who don’t fully appreciate that this is just the way people communicate today.

Maggie: The fired lifeguards hoped to bridge that generational divide when they met with the El Monte City Council earlier this week.

Lifeguard: Never did I complain. Never did I ask for a raise. My boss knew that I was dedicated.

City Council member: Management practices, the nature and extent of the punishment, social media policy – there are quite a few things that we have to look into.

Maggie: The city may be standing firm, but much of the online community supports the lifeguards. A “Bring back the 14 El Monte Lifeguards” page on Facebook already has more than 15,000 likes.

And even PSY – the man behind the original Gangnam Style – has spoken out for the lifeguards.

PSY: I’m begging you, do not fire, please.

Maggie: With arguments lined up on both sides, some say the situation is a modern day generation gap.

Maggie Rulli, Channel One News.

Steven: Having this kind of experience in college definitely gives you a leg up over other students. Of course, any experience should give you a leg up. But experience in playing video games? Seriously?

Well, these young people — believe it or not — are actually studying at the Replay Lab at Drexel University in Philadelphia. And the experience they gain here could help them get a job once they graduate.

“We actually created the rest of this all by ourselves — like all the models, all the characters, all the effects you see here, we did.

Steven: Using tools, like a motion capture studio and 3D modeling, Andrew Patras and his classmates are learning the art of video game development. And they are in the right place because it is a career and a business that is exploding.

In 2009, Americans bought more than $20 billion worth of video game systems and software. That is 3 billion more than the movie industry made. $18.7 billion in box office and DVD sales!

The entertainment part of the video game industry is huge. A modern title can make a couple hundred million dollars in one weekend.

Tom Bissell, who is the author of the new book Why Video Games Matter calls video games the artform of our time.

Tom Bissell: I think we are really on the verge of a wider acceptance that it’s not just nerds, it’s not just geeks that play these things. Some very intelligent, thoughtful, smart people are designing them and playing them.

Steven: People like you. Today more than 200 colleges offer gaming courses, training future workers in everything from art design to computer engineering who will one day work at video game giants like Electronic Arts, the company responsible for games like Madden Football and Tiger Woods Golf.

And check this out: EA says it is going to add more than 600 jobs this year. So, what is next for people that want to get started?

While many of the positions are for programmers and software enigneers, you could still be hired even if you have never taken a computer class. Making a game like Madden Football requires graphics artists, animators, writers, testers and even people with foreign language skills. Companies need people to translate games into and out of Japanese!

In this field, software engineers and programmers make the big bucks. They rake in an average of $80,000 and can make as much as six figures. Graphics artists earn an average of $42,000; animators $56,000; writers $53,000 and translators $39,000.

The average starting salary for video game developers? $40,000.

Philip Holt: There is a lot people, this is their first job — or one of their first jobs — right out of college

Steven: Philip Holt is EA’s Orlando studio general manager.

Philip: We love university students because they come in, they’re excited, they are a freshly-minted skill set, and you know they are looking to establish themselves and start a career and work hard and do great things.

Steven: And this game isn’t just for guys.

Philip: It’s a fun business but it’s a serious business as well. So, we actually have deadlines and goals that we have to accomplish. We just can’t sit around and play games all day. I wish we could.

Steven: Steven Fabian, Channel One News.