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23/06/2012

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doctors start their jobs. Those other papers. Now on the BBC,

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it is time for Click. On mine brain surgery tutorial.

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Advanced course. Step 1 - make sure your instruments are clean. Step

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two, ensure your patient is fully unconscious. Step 3 - prepared to

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make your first incision. Buffering, This week on Click, we are still

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taking the tablets as a new device emerges to challenge Apple and

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Google's tablets. And the former banker turning the classroom on its

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head. But is educating online the best way to tackle teaching? All

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that and the latest Tech News and amaze your friends and yourself

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with signs in Webscape. -- science.

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Welcome to Click. It seems like every major consumer electronics

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outfit has to have a touchscreen device or two these days. From

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touchscreen smartphones to hand- held games devices, touch is where

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it is out. In fact, without it, devices like tablet would not exist.

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While Apple with its iPad and Google with its raft of android

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power tablets slugged it out for control of the market, one of major

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tape player has so far remained relatively low key. -- tech player.

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But all that is about to change. Seattle's Microsoft has decided to

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properly weighed into the space. This report from Los Angeles.

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Sleek, yes. Powerful? Maybe. IPad killer? Not so fast! Microsoft

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certainly made quite a splash with the announcement of their newest

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piece of hardware - the surface tablet. Expectations were set high

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after the company announced a super secret press conference, location

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unknown until practically hours before it began. Anguish media

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queued up around the block. Video indoors, practically off-limits. It

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said journalists to, ironically, snap whatever they could have with

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their iPhones. Luckily, Microsoft was so kind as to provide their own

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footage of the event, including the announcement from dec mac that

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everybody had been waiting for. -- from the C O. This is the new

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Microsoft surface. OK, we have got the name but what is the surface?

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It is a tool to serve this your passions. To surface your ideas. --

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surface. Surface your creativity and you're enjoying it. So, it is a

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verb and not a noun. Either way, it is Microsoft's the bed on tablet

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computing, designed to integrate seamlessly with their upcoming

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operating system. But Windows seven was supposed to work seamlessly

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with mobile devices as well. If by seamlessly you mean almost not at

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all. What you are saying is that for touch alone with no other input,

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windows seven may be limitless? is what idiots. The icons within

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Windows are built for more accuracy. We are designed for touch optional.

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But Surface is designed to be different. Microsoft says after

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months of prototypes, they believe they finally got it right. Here is

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what we know. It will come into that flavours. One featuring a

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version of Windows eight Designed for mobile devices. It runs an ARM

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processor. The second variant will run a full fat version of Windows 8

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Pro. There will be a more powerful Intel Corp process of. Both feature

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a 10.6 Hinch 16 by Nine touchscreen and a US be sought. 32 and 64

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gigabytes for the IT model, different for the pro. Both have an

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in-built kicks down and work with the slim and a smart catch, and

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magnetic key pad. The biggest question about the surface ears,

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where does it fit in a competitive tablet landscape? Especially

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against its most obvious rival - the Apple iPad. So far, Microsoft

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has not released some of the basic information and has not said how

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much it will cost. But they say it will be priced competitively.

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Whatever that means. Which brings us to what we don't know about the

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Surface. In addition to costs and specs, Willett have mobile data can

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-- capability? What is the battery life and when will we get our hands

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on one? Questions like that may be responsible for a subdued reaction

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from the techs community. I like what I saw but I want to know more.

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I don't feel like Microsoft have really gave me enough information

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to be able to make a decision on how I felt today. And users on

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Twitter seemed to feel the same. From those who think it is too

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little too late, like this person who writes for gardeners of the

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features, there is no way they can out cool Apple. Stick to software.

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Of course, what really matters is what consumers decide to do come

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launch time. Rumoured for October. Then we will know if Microsoft is

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ready to take a bite out of Apple, or if they yet to scratch the

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surface. We were shown very brief briefs. It is hard to say if this

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is going to take over from iPad. My gut says no. They say the price

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will be competitive with other tablets. My gut says that other

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manufacturers have tried to do that and have failed. They failed to

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live from the iPad. It will come down to price and apps that are

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available, the experience and that real life. We do not have enough

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information on those things yet. The jury is still out. Nobody

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mentioned soon. Next is the Tech News.

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It seems Microsoft has been busy this week's, just days after the

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announcement of Surface, the company trumpeted the announcement

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of -- the launch of Windows 8. Phone eight sports a new start

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screen and now probably supports Skype. But existing Windows Phone 7

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devices will not be able to upgrade to the new OS. We are yet to hear

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any word on exact hard respects, warned stable pricing. Google has

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revealed that in the last six months of 2011, he witnessed an

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alarming rise in the number of times government requested

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censorship on online content such as YouTube videos and Sirte results.

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Google regards the situation as alarming. A spokesperson said not

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only because free expression is at risk but because some of the

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requests come from countries you may not expect. Western democracy

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is not typical -- typically associated with censorship. It said

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it complied with 47% of requests to remove content and with 65% of

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court orders. Facebook has been on a spending spree after acquiring

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Instagram a few months that it has now brought -- bought face .com

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which makes facial recognition technology for an estimated $18

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million. Site members already use the software to help identify and

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PAD photos of their friends. And if your computer is a bit slow, how

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about this? IBM's supercomputer is now officially the world's fastest.

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Nearly 1.5 times faster than last year's winner. It has over 1.5

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million Processor calls. Your fancy computer might have two or four if

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you are lucky. And,.... A couple of weeks ago, we brought to all of the

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big announcements from the E3 gaining expo from Los Angeles. One

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of the topics were covered was online gaming. There are two

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different concepts. One is Cloud gaming which allows you to play a

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game without a consul, by stringing it. The other is digital delivery

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which allows you to buy a game by downloading it instead of buying a

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physical disk. But both will have a big impact on games stores and on

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the second-hand market as well. And you have added fuel falls to this

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subject. One person in out and said downloading large gains or

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continually streaming content can seriously affect your home

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broadband connection. -- gains. India has service providers do not

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provide unlimited data, he points out. -- internet service providers.

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The deals can lead -- mean there are limits to data. How many

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parents will be pleased when a bill is doubled? And the network is too

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slow for them to watch things? And then there is the second-hand

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market. After all, he cannot sell something that has been downloaded

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or streamed to your machine. On this, trading up to pay the high

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cost of new games is the way that a kid and his parents can afford to

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buy the new games. Remove the trade-in and he will have to save

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longer or even this a few releases. Except for on his birthday. Another

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would like to see more of a mention of PC games, which he says are owed

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a lot by the console games which Not everyone is a fan of games.

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George would have preferred Got that, George. Seems to focus on

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violence, killings and mayhem. No wonder some of our population

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unsavoury and not very nice to know. There has been plenty of debate

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over whether violent video games cause or relieve real life stress.

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I am certainly not going to wade into that one here. I am a mindless

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idiot after all. Still to come: Teaching using

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technology and a virtual classrooms, courtesy of computers. And making

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sure we do not end up blinded by science, with the help of this

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week's Webscape. It is a cause of anxiety for almost

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every parent. Your child's education. Especially at a time

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when school systems are being criticised as underfunded and over

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enrolled. Too few teachers and too much material to cover into little

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time. But one Silicon Valley entrepreneur has come up with a

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teaching method that completely revise the basic tenets of the

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conventional classroom. It -- we went back to school to find out how

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students are logging on. What it tells us depends on one's

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new point. Remote learning 70s style. The

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teachers my -- might seem laughable now but, back then, the Open

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University was a radical idea. Turn British living rooms into

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classrooms. Forget correspondence courses and instead school and

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nation using the mass media of radio and television. Today the

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medium of choice is online video, thanks to widespread and high-speed

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broadband and robust the reassuring sight. Distance learning is being

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reinvented again. Make peace with the French in October of 1797.

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tuition lacks visual flair but they are proving widely, almost in match

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-- unimaginably, popular. Almost 600 lessons are watched every

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minute. It is the brainchild of a former banker who turned his back

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on financial gave the property world of children's education

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instead. It began with sending online tutorials to family members

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and it soon mushroomed. YouTube is not for serious mathematics but I

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gave it a shot. Traffic soared. The Academy now reaches more students

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in a single week an Open University has in its entire history. It has

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prompted people to think differently about their hobbies.

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This could be breaching 100 million students and could do that forever.

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This stuff does not get old. I thought it was an infinite social

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return investments. Today, the Academy offers over 3,200 videos

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for primary school pupils, second year university students and every

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level in the 20. Initially seen as an after-school study tour, it is

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now being implemented the additional classrooms. -- level in

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between. The library of videos and the sizes mac and signs but he says

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in a couple of years it will cover a broad curriculum. And almost

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every video is taught by a Keehan, Alongside the videos, a software

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perform generates quizzes and uses games to engage in students, making

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mathematics problems are more like games by using incentives and

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rewards. It is a clever combination. The exercises can firm uses fully

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grasp the concept before moving on, and the videos are far less

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daunting than a live teacher. Peoples are really nervous when

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they around a human being the first time they are learning something.

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There is something very comfortable with the video because you couldn't

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make you do not know something. a parent, do you want your child to

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learn by being parked in front of a computer? There is some concern

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about the possibility of repetitive stress injury for young students

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and there is concern about making sure we have Helbig bodies as well

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as minds. Until the social development. But now, the website

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is finding a home outside of its online origins. This high school

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was one of 25 Californian schools participating in the pilot

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programme, which brings the platform into the classroom.

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remember what it's like to be in a typical classroom's A teacher

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standing at the front of the room, lecturing. You, sitting at your

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desk and listening attentively. After school, you go home and do

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your homework. Online learning tools have fled the classroom.

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Students watch the lectures are mine at home and past time is

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working through problems with the help of teachers and classmates.

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This teacher leads a flipped classroom, also called a blended

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classroom since it combines elements of online learning and

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classroom environment. It is traditional -- different from a

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traditional classroom. Lamb Maura the support person for the students,

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guiding them and helping them pick right what direction they should be

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going in. But they are definitely in the driver's seat and deciding

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what to do next. This might be why some teachers find the site a bit

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threatening. But the goal is to have power teachers, not to

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eliminate them. A teachers don't have to give lectures any more.

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They can move up the value chain in become more closely tied to working

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with the children and being mentors and guides. School administrators

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said the pilot programme is a weakening DNA mathematician in

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students. I was confused and this has helped me a lot. I understand

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better. Not every student is a fan. Some are frustrated by a system

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that completely up Benn's the classroom model they are familiar

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with. So I can choose one of these students that has already completed

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it. They can get an instant read on who and two is not thriving. At a

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glance, teachers know who has mastered the concept and who needs

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help. They can then work with struggling student in small groups,

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or pair them up with another student who is ahead. After all,

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two teachers to learn. It is too soon to learn -- tell of the online

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programme will have a lasting impact. But teachers have seen a

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42% boost in maths test scores. The site is having any impact elsewhere.

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One third of the site's monthly users live outside of North America

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in the developing world, where skilled teachers and classrooms are

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thin on the ground. An offline version was introduced to this

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orphanage in Mongolia. The creator it makes a lot of work remains but

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with funding from heavyweights like Google and the Bill Gates

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Foundation, he is pretty motivated. He had this knowledge that people

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knew as being for the ivory tower, you need money to have access to it.

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This knowledge is now going to be commonplace. If you have access to

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a mobile phone, you will have access to their knowledge.

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Some people just know how to do really cool things. Like making

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gaffer tape glow in the dark. Or making liquid water freeze as it

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has fallen through the air. Take a look at what Kate Russell has found

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this week to kick off Webscape. Science experiments always have the

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power to amaze. Mainly because this is what is actually happening

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around us rather than being an allusion designed to trick our eyes.

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This YouTube Chal celebrates the awesomeness of the physical world

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by showing what is right under our noses.

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These are the kinds of videos that get people talking, and maybe even

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beginning to question the way we look at the world. The addition of

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a compilation, showing highlights, is a great idea, but it is to flee

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when watching the longer versions to see how science has created

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delusions. -- the allusions. We share a lot of memories in our

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social streams, which makes looking back over than a complicated

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Endeavour, requiring several dozen separate lock-ins. This is an apt

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you can connect to a multitude of popular streams that will extract

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everything you have posted, shared and liked, raking it in a neat

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horizontal time when you can share and in bed. -- timeline. You can

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edit your memory lane, taking out any photos you do not like or

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deleting any comments you are embarrassed of. You can also create

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new lines to follow a special occasion. It is a great way to

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collect and store wall of those scattered special memories littered

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around the social web. You can follow other people's memory lanes

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also. A nice feature is the memo Mail. NM Reid pulled from your past

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and delivered into your mailbox. You can download an Apple which

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lets you do -- relive your past with a shake of your smartphone.

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Remit desktop -- this remote desktop specialist has added an I

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phone app -- Deraa app to its basket of goodies. -- I don't

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appear and -- iPhone app. One of the problems when using an Apple

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device is the song and dance you have to go through to get any file

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on to it. It is not hard if you have the right software but it is

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still several clicks beyond being annoying. The app is incredibly

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easy to set up and use. Install the desktop stream app on any machine

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you want to connect to, they link your handset with a security code

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or your Gmail account and you are up and running. Even playing videos

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stored on your hard drive with sound. Just beware of your data

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consumption when not on Wi-Fi. That was Kate Russell. If you

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