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tv   Click - Short Edition  BBC News  September 4, 2021 3:30am-3:46am BST

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this is bbc news, the headlines: the taliban appears set to announce a new government for afghanistan within days — but the european union and britain have said they won't be recognising it. it comes as the taliban claim progress in their battle to eliminate the final resistance to their rule in the panjshir valley. president biden has praised people in louisiana and mississippi for their response to hurricane ida last sunday. but he noted the frustration at delays in restoring power, and promised that infrastructure would be �*built back better�*. he said the white house would make sure that private insurance companies paid customers who had to abandon their homes. the us president has admitted employment figures showing a sharp drop in employment growth are disappointing. but he said that, with
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employment still rising, america's economy remained durable and strong. the number of newjobs last month fell far short of predictions, largely because of the coronavirus. newswatch will be here in around ten minutes time, but first on bbc news, it's click. hey, welcome to click! we are back after a summer of silliness. i hope you manage to have some kind of break yourself. i can see my good mate back in her box. how has your summer been, how are you?
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it is good to be back and lovely to see you as well. my summer has been good. i 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! what have you been up to? i've been exercising my brain, these interactive puzzle books. there is some kind of weird puzzle here. once you work out what is going on, you scan your qr code and it tells you whether you're right or not. that's my idea of fun. and dangerously intelligent man, that's me. september meant back to school. and hopefully the kids will get a whole year in the classroom. yes because the last 18 months have been so disruptive, schools and kids now face a big challenge and that's the fact that every child has had a different level of schooling and different gaps in their education, but it looks like machine learning
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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 which suit their needs. what it will do is track all your behaviours. how you learn. have they pauseed, are they scrolling up or down, what words are looking at, are they hesitating, skipping, taking longer to answer the question versus another one? or you know how long it takes to read across different subjects. it's trying to analyse and learn how the student is behaving across the content. the really clever part is it tracks learning across different subjects so it can
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differentiate a student who is struggling with a mathematical equation in one struggling with how the maths question is posed, and that suggest it may suggest more literacy issues. students were forced to learn from home. during the first lockdown, one of the largest groups of schools in england introduced another adaptive learning platforms. sparks maths has thousands and thousands of questions and thousands of hours of videos explaining how to do certain operations. that means no teacher has to sit down and work out a specific set of questions for specific children because the software understands what point of learning these children are at, and also it marks those questions so the teacher
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doesn't have to sit for hours marking and correcting which can consume your entire life. we have all needed as much help as we could get as our kids have fled between school and home learning and we have flopped into bed each night 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 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 we have to bear in mind is that by using technology and assessing young people, it's not as good as that i—to—i teacher experience and having that i—to—i knowledge with a teacher willjust open up their mind a little bit more and pushed them to thinking about things that would not have thought about. there is no doubt technology can be extremely beneficial
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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 is so 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 jen copesta ke�*s been jen copestake�*s been finding out more. can you blink your eyes? this student in east london has a serious medical condition which means he hasn't been able to go out
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since the beginning of the covid pandemic but comes to class instead as a robot avatar. how long you've been going to school like this? initially .it . it was to do with the lockdown and everything. i had surgery and that was the reason. are you recovering from the surgery now? yes. he's a brave person. you come across very well. thank you. is this your first time working with a robot in this way? it has been several months already. they just say you're going to be working with a robot instead of a child. everybody was excited. the robot going to schools across the uk and more than 1500 in europe. it's controlled from a child's home via an app. where are you talking to us from? from my ipad at home.
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they can change facial expressions, raise hands, even sleep is possible. is the blue meaning sleep? yes. do you ever put that on in the class? no. laughter. i'm just going to carry you to the next classroom. at the end of the day, the robot is put away to charge. he has occasionally had to call his teachers to remind them to switch him on for class. there is something real about him. it is almost like he is embodied in the robot so it's brilliant. it feels absolutely fine. we get quite used to it. that quite often laughing and joking with us feels like a perfectly natural relationship which is normal. it's a first time i've sent robot interacting in this way and it was quite unexpected. it really did feel like that child's presence was coming through
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the robot and the children in the classroom seemed to enjoy it too. the first prototype, 3d print, this is a computer screen with a robot body. the idea of interacting with robots as avatars rather than video screens came from this team at no isolation in oslo. camera, microphone. if a child raises a hand, these lights will light up. these are tiny lights. you have antena for good reception. you have the ag module, the board is which 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.
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i don't think i realised how much i'd pulled away from everyone else until people started to literally try to get me back, which i'm very grateful for 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 videoconferencing to get to lessons but she wanted to make a private way. we were observing and actually so a reaction when a kid and everyone in class said you're looking ill. then the kid logged off and you don't want that to be the experience when you show up in class. it is heartbreaking. she should be able to start again in person this autumn. how long have you been away from school, kassem?
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some time in february, i think. what's that been like to shield for such a long time? eventually, it's quite annoying because you can't do anything. since the pandemic have been a major by the cases we've seen that we've also seen an extreme rise in the level of anxiety and just by having that window to the classroom, they gain more confidence, and the idea of returning to school becomes less daunting. what do you guys think about having kassem interacting like this? it's good from his point of view. he's able to ask the teacher for questions if he needs help. if you did not have this robot he - would not be getting the same education he's getting now. i bell rings. that is the bell. that is it
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for the shortcut. full—length version is iplayer. for the shortcut. full-length version is iplayer.— version is iplayer. you can find the — version is iplayer. you can find the team _ version is iplayer. you can find the team on - version is iplayer. you can l find the team on instagram, facebook, twitter.— facebook, twitter. class dismissed. _ facebook, twitter. class dismissed. goodbye. -
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hello, and welcome to newswatch with me samira ahmed. coming up journalist in afghanistan have been working in difficult circumstances but has the bbc donein circumstances but has the bbc done in the help its former staff leave the country. and what has happened to local news bulletins 0n breakfast during the summer. welcome to newswatch. unlike the traditional august news lull, the past month has seen journalists confronted the major international crisis as us forces pulled out of afghanistan and the taliban quickly took control of the country. it led to some powerful and emotional broadcasting.— powerful and emotional broadcastinu. ., ., ., ., , broadcasting. foreign nationals and some afghans _ broadcasting. foreign nationals and some afghans are - broadcasting. foreign nationals and some afghans are being i and some afghans are being evacuated. huge crowds gathered after rumours even those without visas could travel.
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0utside without visas could travel. outside the airport, even more chaos. taliban members firing near to assert their authority, trying to keep control. it’s trying to keep control. it's now the — trying to keep control. it's now the 31st _ trying to keep control. it's now the 31st of _ trying to keep control. it's now the 315t of august in afghanistan, the day that presidentjoe biden said the american military mission, the 20- _ american military mission, the 20- year— american military mission, the 20— year engagement by u.s.—led nato _ 20— year engagement by u.s.—led nato forces, would formally end, _ nato forces, would formally end. and _ nato forces, would formally end, and this is what you are hearing — end, and this is what you are hearing now. the eruption of celebrity— celebrity gunfire by taliban supporters in the city of coble. newswatch viewers have been paying tribute to the work of bbc staff making reports such as those with ryan price awarding top marks to secunder kermani for his broadcasts from
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afghanistan. and in the view of andrew south: some viewers have expressed concern, though, for the safety of those staff and also that of afghan journalists who worked at the bbc in the past. a group of the latter are still hiding from the taliban in kabul and they have accused the corporation and the uk government of ignoring their cries for help. in response, the bbc stresses it is making every possible effort to get both current and former stuff out of the country but that it can only work within the permitted government frameworks. a bbc spokesperson said:


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