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tv   Click - Short Edition  BBC News  September 5, 2021 7:30pm-7:46pm BST

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a slowly easing into the afternoon. a light southerly breeze for most, feeling quite pleasant, and temperatures on the up. low 20s for scotland and northern ireland, highest values of 27 somewhere in the south—east. take care. hello, this is bbc news. i'm ben boulos. the headlines: former girls aloud singer sarah harding has died at the age of 39,
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after being diagnosed with breast cancer last year. the head of one of prince charles�* charities temporarily steps down after claims he helped secure an honour for a major donor. relatives of a female police officer in the ghor province of afghanistan have told the bbc that she has been killed by the taliban. plans to overhaul england's social care system are likely to be unveiled this week, amidst warnings that a rise in national insurance could provoke a "very significant backlash". now on bbc news, click.
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hey, welcome to click! we are back after a summer of silliness. i hope you managed to have some kind of break yourself. i tell you, the best thing about being back on this sofa for me is i get to see my good mate, back in her box! it's been weeks since we've done it like this, isn't it? how's your summer been? how are you? oh, it's good to be back and it's lovely to see you too. and my summer has been good, thank you. i've spent two hours a day working out, which is my idea of a break. i know, i've seen your instagram. you've been hitting it hard! hmm. what have you been up to? i've been exercising my brain. i've been trying these, um, interactive puzzle books, which i've become a bit of a fan of. on each page there's some sort of weird puzzle here and once you've worked out what's going on, you scan the qr code and it takes you to a website and tells you whether you're right or not. and that, ladies and gentlemen, is my idea of fun. goodness, and you must be cleverer than ever now? dangerously intelligent, that's me. but anyway, it's back to business now — and september means back to school. and hopefully the kids
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are going to get a whole year in the classroom. yeah, but because the last 18 months have been so disrupted, schools and kids now face a big challenge — and that's the fact that every child has had a different level of schooling and has different gaps in their education. but it looks like machine learning might be able to help with the children's learning. four years ago we visited a school which had started using century al to bolster their teaching. this is software that assesses students as they learn, finding where the gaps are, and prompting them with teaching materials that suit their needs. what it will do is we track all your behaviours, and your mouse movements and how you learn. have they paused? are they scrolling up or down? what words are they looking at? how long are the words? you know, has the child been guessing? have they been skipping? are they hesitating? have they taken longer to answer
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this question versus another one? well, you know if you know how long it takes for them to read across different subjects. so it's really trying to analyse and learn how the student is behaving across the content. the really clever part is that it tracks learning across subjects, so it can differentiate between a student who is struggling with a mathematical equation, and one who's struggling with how the maths question is posed. in that case, it may suggest more literacy tasks. when the pandemic hit, software like this became increasingly important as students were forced to learn from home. and during the first lockdown, united learning, one of the largest groups of schools in england, introduced another adaptive learning platform to 46 of their secondary schools. sparx maths has thousands and thousands of questions and thousands and thousands of hours of exemplification as well — videos explaining how to do certain operations. now, that means that no teacher
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ever has to sit down and work out a specific set of questions for specific children to do, cos the software understands at what point of learning those children are at. also, it marks those questions, so the teacher doesn't have to sit for hours marking them in a book and correcting them as well, which i know from personal experience can consume your entire life. over the last 18 months we've all needed as much help as we could get as our kids have flipped between school and home learning and we've flopped into bed each night exhausted after being parents, teachers and workers. for some children, learning at home has helped them to blossom, but, for many, tech will never beat the teacher. earlier in the year, i met andria zafirakou, the best teacher in the universe — and that's not just according to her pupils, mind. she won the global teacher prize in 2018. the one thing that we have to bear in mind is that,
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you know, by using technology in assessing young people, it's not as good as that one—to—one teacher experience, and having that one—to—one knowledge with a teacher willjust open up their mind a little bit more, and push them a little bit more to thinking about things which they've never thought about. there is no doubt that technology can be extremely beneficial in the classroom, but choices made by ai could set a direction for the rest of a child's life. and ultimately tech can only augment teachers and free up time so that they can do what they do best — teach. of course, nothing can beat physically being in the classroom, but even pre—pandemic, some students weren't able to be at school — for example, those with serious illnesses. but now, thanks to the help of some robots, some of these children might able to attend classes remotely. jen copestake�*s been
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finding out more. and can you blink your eyes? that's so cool. qasim is a student at seven kings school in east london. he has a serious medical condition which means he hasn't been able to go out since the beginning of the covid pandemic, but comes to class instead in a robot avatar. how long have you been going to school like this, qasim? well, originally, it was to do with the lockdown and everything. also, i had a surgery too, so that was also one reason. are you recovering from the surgery now? yeah. i have the impression qasim is a very brave person. you come across very well, qasim. oh, thank you. laughs. is this your first time working with a robot in this way, or have you done it before? oh, it has been several months already, isn't it, qasim? so, did theyjust say you're going to be working
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with a robot instead of a child? everybody was excited. there are 500 av1 robots going to school in this way across the uk and more than 1,500 in europe. it's controlled from a child's home via an app. where are you talking to us from? like, from my ipad at home. oh, wow. they can control the movement of the robot on the table, change facial expressions, raise hands, and even sleep. is the blue meaning you're asleep? yes. do you ever put that on in the class? no. laughter. qasim, i'm just going to carry you to the next classroom. sure. at the end of the day, qasim is put away to charge. he's occasionally had to call his teachers to remind them to switch him on for class. there's something real about it — it's got a head, it moves, it talks. you know, it's almost like qasim is embodied in the robot, so it's brilliant! it feels absolutely fine, actually. so we get quite used to it and
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we call the robots actually by the child's name, and because the child's voice is coming out of the robot, and they're quite often laughing and joking with us, it feels like a perfectly natural relationship — it's normal. so it's the first time i'd seen a robot interacting in this way in a classroom, and it was quite unexpected. it really did feel like qasim's presence was coming through that robot, and the children in the classroom seemed to enjoy it too. the first prototype av1, 3d print, first prototype comp, which is a computer screen with a robot body. the idea of interacting with robots as avatars rather than video screens came from karen dolva and her team at no isolation in oslo. raspberry pi in there. camera, microphone. so if a child raises a hand, these lights will light up. these are tiny led lights. then you have the antenna for good reception. you have the 4g module in here, you have the camera board,
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so this is what will sit in the forehead of the robot and let you actually stream. karen found her experience at university to be isolating, and difficult to make new friends. this led to a period of loneliness and depression. i at least isolated myself. i don't think i realised how much i'd pulled away from everyone else until people started literally trying to get me back, which i'm very gratefulfor today. karen started looking at isolation and loneliness in pensioners before redirecting attention to children in hospitals who couldn't get to class. they were using video conferencing to get lessons, but she wanted to make a more private way. we were out observing and actually saw a reaction where a kid logged on and everyone in class is saying, like, "you're looking ill", then the kid logs off again, which is heartbreaking.
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like, you don't want that to be the experience you have when you show up in class. qasim is now looking forward to getting back to class in person, and should be able to start again this autumn. how long have you been away from school, qasim? i left some time in february, i think. january, february sometime. then i stopped again. i haven't been in quite a long time. what's that been like to shield for such a long time? eventually, just, it's like, quite annoying, i guess, because you can't do anything. since the pandemic, we've really been amazed by the broad range of use cases that we've seen, but also we've seen an extreme rise in the level of anxiety amongst students. and just by having that window into the classroom, they gain more confidence, they're able to speak with their peers and their teachers, and the idea of returning to school becomes less daunting. what do you guys think, having qasim interacting like this? i think that it's good
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from his point of view. he's able to ask the teacher for questions if he needs help. if we didn't have this robot. then i don't think he would be getting the same education that he's getting now. - bell rings. that is the bell, which means school's out. that is it for the short version of this week's click. more on the full—length version, of course, which is waiting for you right now on iplayer. and, as ever, you can find the team on social media, on youtube, instagram, facebook and twitter @bbcclick. thanks very much for watching. class dismissed! goodbye!
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hello and welcome to sportsday. i'mjohn watson. coming up on the programme: bale brilliance rescues wales against belarus in world cup qualifying. england require a record run chase if they're to win the fourth test against india at the oval. usa dig themselves out of trouble at the solheim cup in ohio — they're back in contention and within a point of europe. and there's delerium for the dutch as max verstappen goes top of the f1 standings by winning his home grand prix. welcome along thanks forjoining us. 56 days since england stepped out for the euro 2020 final against italy,
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gareth southgate�*s side returned to wembley on theirjourney to qualify for next year's world cup in qatar as they comfortably beat minnows andorra. while two thousand miles away in the russian city of kazan, wales faced belarus. the qualifier being played there instead of minsk because of the political santions imposed there. and it was gareth bale to the rescue — a hat—trick in a 3—2 win. ben croucher reports. 2000 miles from home to play belarus in russia. a long, complex journey but not so bad when you have a man as well travelled as wales do. gareth bale arrived with a bump. the perfect welcome gift inside five minutes. the game can change on the bounce of the ball and the lifting of the foot. wales left high and dry. 90 seconds later, the freedom of the welsh penalty area. find 90 seconds later, the freedom of the welsh penalty area.— welsh penalty area. and they trail b two
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welsh penalty area. and they trail by two goals _ welsh penalty area. and they trail by two goals to — welsh penalty area. and they trail by two goals to one. _ injury and visa problems left wales without 13 players for this qualifier, an opportunity forjohnson to seize. almost. so it came down to their top scorer again. gareth bale on the spot. 2-2. still, a long way to go forjust one point. so in stoppage time... gareth bale, it is in! reaching qatar next year does not feel maybe quite so far away after all. ben croucher, bbc news. late drama there for wales, less so for england on their first return to wembley since the euros final. they were comfortable 4—0 winners over andorra. gareth southgates side stay top of the group thanks to goals from jesse lingaard who opened the scoring in the first half. they added a second after the break, captain harry kane coming on as a substitute to score from the penalty spot. lingaard then got his second of the match, an excellent effort from the edge of the box.
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