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Life on Ebola front line

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-20 05:29
A doctor reports from the Ebola front line

Lorry hijacked in Londonderry alert

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-20 05:29
A security alert is under way in Londonderry following the hijacking of a lorry in the city.

What Kids' Drawings Say About Their Future Thinking Skills

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-20 05:23

There's a link between how children draw at age 4 and how well they perform on intelligence tests at age 14, researchers say.

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Russia tensions hit Carlsberg sales

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-20 05:19
Sales at the Danish brewer Carlsberg have been hit by falling consumption in Russia and Ukraine amid the crisis in the region.

Tory leader's bare-knuckle boxer dad

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-20 05:17
Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies' talks of bare-knuckle boxer father who "didn't have two brass farthings to rub together".

Bodies found after Tornado collision

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-20 05:16
Two bodies are found after Italian Tornado fighter jets collide and crash during training, while the fate of two other crew members is unknown.

A 'Different Dynamic' In Ferguson, But With 47 Arrests

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-20 05:12

Tear gas and Molotov cocktails were absent in Ferguson last night, as protesters and police avoided clashes that have marred demonstrations over an unarmed teen's death in the St. Louis suburb.

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India activist Irom Sharmila freed

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-20 05:01
Indian activist Irom Sharmila Chanu, who has been on a hunger strike for 14 years, is freed following a court order.

VIDEO: Stand up comedy lessons for vicars

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-20 05:01
A group of vicars from the South East vow to make sermons more fun by taking part in a course which teaches them how to tell jokes.

Teacher makes 27,000 loom band top

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-20 04:56
A supply teacher from Northamptonshire uses more than 27,000 pink loom bands to create a one-off garment for a breast cancer charity.

Iran MPs dismiss science minister

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-20 04:53
Iran's parliament votes to dismiss Science Minister Reza Faraji-Dana, dealing a blow to reformist President Hassan Rouhani.

Pakistan protesters guard parliament

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-20 04:38
Pakistan's anti-government cleric Tahirul Qadri has called on protesters to continue guarding access to all state buildings amid a massive sit-in at Islamabad.

VIDEO: Friend pays tribute to reporter Foley

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-20 04:27
Sunday Times photographer Paul Conroy pays tribute to US reporter James Foley, who has apparently been killed by the Islamic State.

Teenager raped woman in her 90s

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-20 04:27
A teenager who raped a woman in her 90s in the hall of her home has been jailed for 16 years at Newport Crown Court.

Pakistan defends meeting separatists

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-20 04:19
Pakistan's high commissioner to India Abdul Basit defends his meetings with Kashmiri separatists, a move which led to Delhi cancelling planned talks with Islamabad.

Student in lifesaving heart finding

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-20 04:13
An 18-year-old student has made a scientific breakthrough that could help save the lives of black athletes with undiagnosed heart problems.

Who created that app? A teacher

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-08-20 04:02

Laura Fenn was teaching fifth grade in North Carolina when her school cut back on physical education and recess. "They actually started to count time walking from the classroom to the cafeteria as physical activity time," Fenn says.

That gave her an idea:  create podcasts that students can listen to, and learn from, while they walk. You can find audio samples here.

Fenn’s nonprofit, The Walking Classroom Institute, is now her full-time job.

She’s one of many current and former teachers developing digital classroom tools.  

NoRedInk, BetterLesson, SmarterCookie are just a handful of education tech companies founded by teachers.

"It’s not until you’re in the classroom until you realize and really understand the pain points," says Benjamin Levy. He was teaching eighth graders in California and got frustrated that educational videos weren’t more interactive.  Now he’s CEO of eduCanon, which lets teachers add questions to online videos.

High school physics teacher Peter Bohacek was stymied by teaching physics from a book. "Physics is about the analysis of an event, not an abstract, contrived text description," he says. So he and Dr. Matthew Vonk created “Direct Measurement Videos,”which allow teachers to illustrate the basics of physics from the speed of sound to Newton’s Second Law.

Bohacek’s videos are free online. He wants to keep them that way.

But others see the booming market for education technology and want a piece of it. It's an $8 billion industry.

There's also a new distribution model that bypasses administrators and school districts.

"As a teacherpreneur it can be easy to get it in the hand of teachers, especially if it’s free, which appears to be the most teachers will pay for an app these days," said Frank Catalano, an edtech industry consultant.

He says the challenge for teachers is the challenge for most educational tech start-ups: how to turn a good idea into a sustainable business.

Hospital hack 'exploited Heartbleed'

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-20 03:54
A leading security expert alleges that hackers made use of the Heartbleed flaw to steal the personal details of 4.5 million healthcare patients.

The only Englishman in Spain's elite

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-20 03:51
Charlie I'Anson, a 21-year-old from Luton, might have been facing Lionel Messi this weekend - a far cry from his early days at Grimsby.

McKillop earns first European gold

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-20 03:40
Michael McKillop adds a first IPC European Athletics Championships gold to his haul of Paralympic and world titles.
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