National / International News

Gun row teenager jailed for murder

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-15 03:39
A 19-year-old man is jailed for life after he knifed another man to death over a firearms deal that "went sour".

Coasting schools 'to be taken over'

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-15 03:25
Thousands of schools in England deemed to require improvement could be taken over and turned into academies under plans soon to be announced by the government.

Homelessness fears for ex-prisoners

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-15 03:20
Changes to housing laws could mean more ex-prisoners becoming homeless in Wales, charities say.

Graves 'did not mislead' Pietersen

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-15 03:13
New England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Colin Graves says he did not lie to Kevin Pietersen over a potential England recall.

Andy Coulson perjury trial begins

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-15 03:10
Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson goes on trial in Scotland accused of perjury.

'Warm-blooded fish' makes own heat

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-15 03:05
The deep-water opah becomes the first fish known to regulate its own temperature, using heat from its flapping fins to warm its heart and brain.

VIDEO: Desperate migrants swim for food

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-15 03:03
There were chaotic scenes when migrants stranded on a boat off the Thai coast for more than a week leapt into the water as supplies were dropped to them.

PODCAST: Rethinking flood protection

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-05-15 03:00

First up, Netflix is in talks with a Chinese media company about a potential partnership in China. More on that. Plus, how much are your feelings worth? We look at how much is paid for detailed information regarding consumer sentiment. Plus, AquaFence is essentially a removable, reusable temporary wall that hooks into the ground and keeps out water. Since Superstorm Sandy, the number of AquaFences in Manhattan and Brooklyn has gone from zero to 40. Several Boston companies are now investing in the system too. They say it's the answer to East Coast flooding problems that are becoming more frequent because of climate change.

France row over Dati expenses claims

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-15 02:59
Ex-minister Rachida Dati blames "political plotters" in her party after auditors rejected expenses claims of nearly €190,000 for items including luxury clothes.

Woman killed in car crash fire

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-15 02:58
A woman dies after her car catches fire in a two-car road accident on the A76 at Holywood, near Dumfries.

Russia curbs 'undesirable' foreigners

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-15 02:58
Russia is expected to introduce new powers to prosecute foreigners whose activities are seen as "undesirable" on national security grounds.

Steven Gerrard quiz - name the team-mates

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-15 02:54
Steven Gerrard has had 160 team-mates during his 17 seasons with Liverpool. We've picked one player per season - can you name them?

U2's Edge falls off stage on tour

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-15 02:44
U2 guitarist The Edge says he is fine after falling off stage during the opening night of the band's world tour.

Reddit launches bullying crackdown

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-15 02:42
The site will now investigate claims of harassment and will begin banning users guilty of it, it has said.

Missing Marine Helicopter Is Found In Nepal

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-15 02:37

There is still no official word on the fate of the eight crew members on board. The helicopter was flying earthquake relief missions in Nepal.

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VIDEO: Wheelchair user to cross Pennine Trail

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-15 02:17
Roy Taylor will cross 68 miles of the Trans Pennine Trail in his wheelchair to help raise money to "get rid of obstacles" to give the disabled greater access to the countryside.

Exclusive survey: Parents weigh in on the digital classroom

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-05-15 02:15

For the last year, our LearningCurve team has been looking at the impact of technology on education. We've talked to students, teachers and ed-tech companies about the digital revolution taking hold in classrooms across the country.

We've explored the promise of individualized learning and the peril of student data-mining. We've delved into the economics of the corporate arms race to outfit the nation’s classrooms, and student interactions with devices and software in lockup.

Now we turn our attention to parents, many of whom have spent the last year exploring the ins-and-outs of educational technology themselves, alongside their children. We wanted to get parents' views of the shift, as their children do more school work on laptops and tablets, and become accustomed to emailing teachers and checking grades online.

In a national, online survey of 1,002 parents of kids in grades 3 through 12 conducted by Lieberman Research Worldwide, "Parents' Attitudes Toward Educational Technology," we found parents feel good about the growing use of technology in education, and most think it is improving the quality of education for their children.

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Parents also think tech can be especially effective for courses in STEM — subjects like math and science. Most parents also think technology can help level the playing field between rich and poor children, with Hispanic parents especially apt to feel this way. But parents across all income levels and races still have concerns about issues like screen time and technology’s impact on critical thinking.

  • 90 percent of children in grades 3 through 12 have access to use a computer for school work, with most using their own household computer.  
  • 98 percent of children use technology for their school work, including smartphones.

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Most parents — 51 percent — think schools are spending the right amount of money on technology in the classroom. About four out of 10 parents would like to see schools spend more.

Parents are also comfortable with the amount of money they spend on educational technology for their own child. Seventy percent say they are spending the right amount on technology for their kid’s school work.

  • 83 percent of parents say their child's school requires students to conduct research online.   
  • 68 percent say technology has increased their ability to help their children with school work. 

Marketplace/Parents' Attitudes Toward Education Technology, page 11

Students from low-income households are required to do fewer educational tasks digitally than their high-income counterparts. For example, 70 percent of high-income students have been asked to turn in assignments online, while only 41 percent of low-income students have submitted work digitally.

Parents name teacher quality and class size as the education issues most important to them — student use of technology for school ranked third. They are also concerned about the amount of standardized testing.

  • 80 percent of parents say tech has made it easier for them to be involved with their child's education.  
  • 78 percent of parents use technology to monitor their child's grades.

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Parents also worry about their child's private information. Seventy-nine percent say they are at least somewhat, very or extremely concerned about the security and privacy of their child’s data. About three-fourths of parents worry about advertisers' access to their children, and the same amount — 72 percent — are concerned their child will find inappropriate content online.

In spite of these worries, parents remain very positive about the potential of the digital classroom. More than 71 percent of parents report technology has improved the “overall quality of education” for their child.

Marketplace/Parents' Attitudes Toward Education Technology, page 23

Police end school abuse inquiry

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-15 02:12
No further action will be taken following an investigation into alleged physical abuse by staff at a Powys residential school, police say.

McLaren not good enough - Boullier

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-15 02:11
In an exclusive interview with BBC Sport, McLaren racing director Eric Boullier says he expects the team to fight for big points.

Public test for Google robot cars

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-15 02:07
Google's purpose-built robot cars are getting the green light to drive on public roads in California.