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November 15th, 2010
02:48 PM ET

Chalk Talk: Computers tell students' moods

What if we could tell when a student was happy, sad, or bored?

We could probably help steer those students to FOCUS in the classroom. Today's Chalk Talk was about computers that detect how we feel. Using artificial intelligence, researchers were able to develop tools to test students' emotions. Based on that, they can know if they should adjust difficulty or try a new tactic.

There are 4 cool technologies:

1. Computers that detect facial expressions

2. Chairs that sense posture

3. Wristbands that detect stimulation

4. Computer mice that measure squeeze level

The results?

Computers were 80% accurate in sensing students’ moods.

And students were 3 TIMES more engaged & focused than kids who didn’t work on modified computers.

Big ideas and big potential – fixing our schools.

Filed under: Ali Velshi • Anchors • Chalk Talk • CNN Newsroom
November 15th, 2010
02:40 PM ET

Justice for Jimmie Lee Jackson

Former Alabama state trooper, James Bonard Fowler, 77, plead guilty to misdemeanor manslaughter Monday in a civil rights-era murder case. District Attorney Michael Jackson feels as if this case served as one of many catalysts for the 1965 Selma-Montgomery march. Fowler was being tried for the 1965 murder of Jimmie Lee Jackson during a voting-rights related protest in Marion, AL. Jackson was beaten as well as shot and according to documents, died a few days later.

President of the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, AL, Richard Cohen, believes that, "The Jimmie Lee Jackson case is one of the most significant civil rights cold cases". Jackson's shooter remained unknown until 2005 when Fowler admitted to shooting Jackson in self-defense when he and other troopers had been called to the protest. Fowler has now been sentenced to six months in jail.

Although this case is not as well-known as other civil-rights cases, Jimmie Lee Jackson's death is often cited by groups such as the Southern Poverty Law Center. Don Cochran, a professor at the Cumberland School of Law says that, "In a lot of these cases, it would be difficult to try them even two weeks after they happened, especially in self-defense cases...your witnesses, a lot of them are just gone." Many feel as though it is still important for cases like these to be pursued, because these wounds should, "...still be healed".

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Filed under: Anchors
November 15th, 2010
01:48 PM ET

Parents vs. the Childfree: Workplace Tensions Build Before the Holidays

Thanksgiving and Christmas are approaching.  And that means an unspoken tension is building that pits workers with kids against those without.  Who should get priority for time off?  The conflict between parents and non-parents is a serious matter for many employers, as Katherine Reynolds Lewis found.  She just wrote about the topic for The Fiscal Times.  The article featured the experiences of Richard Levy, a research director who doesn't have kids.  Levy and Reynolds Lewis spoke with CNN's Don Lemon about parents versus the childless on the job.

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November 15th, 2010
01:42 PM ET

THE BIG I: Saving Kids with Cars

Today's Big I was all about incubators for developing countries made from car parts!

To check out NeoNurture, click here.

To see other Design That Matters projects, click here.

Filed under: Ali Velshi • Anchors • The Big I
November 15th, 2010
08:10 AM ET

Don't Touch My Junk

John Tyner not only is against the body scanners in airports, he has become a voice! John probably never thought he would be the star of a viral video that has seen over 179,000 hits in just 48 hours after his cell phone video of his interaction with TSA agents at San Diego’s International Airport where he refused to enter the full body scanner. His choice subjected him to a full body pat down and the viral video in which he is quoted as saying, “If you touch my junk I will have you arrested.” Those who have been subject to the pat downs, are claiming invasion of privacy not to mention many professionals say the use of the scanners is not necessary.

These events have lead to a grass roots protest set to take place on the busiest travel day of the year next Wednesday. The idea is for all travelers to opt out of body scanning so they have to be patted down by TSA agents, which is a lengthy procedure which is sure to raise tensions amongst both the TSA and passengers, but aims to possibly put the body scanners usage on hold during the holiday season.

We want to hear from you! Are you planning to opt out during your holiday travel? Do you travel frequently and have been opting out, if so what have your pat downs been like?

Kyra Phillips will read some of your responses during the 10 o’clock hour.

Filed under: Kyra Phillips
November 15th, 2010
12:11 AM ET

Family Travels to 17 Countries in One Year

A lot of us daydream about doing something like this, but one family actually did it. They cashed in their investments, rented out their home, and took their kids on a year-long trip around the world. David Boesch has written a book about his family's adventure, "Pins on a Map." CNN's Fredricka Whitfield talks to David and his wife Jill about their trip.

Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield