Closed Captioning

Want to help your kids increase their reading fluency by watching movies?!?  Turn on that Closed Captioning.  Whenever you see a CC by a movie title it means that Closed Captioning is available in Windows Media Player. To turn on your Closed Captioning you must go to the hot link titled "Show Media Controls" when you are looking at the table of contents of that movie.  Click the box that reads "Enable Closed Captioning."

To download the closed captioning, you must download 2 different files.  First, download the video as you normally would do.  Second, double click on the CC located to the right of the video and follow the steps to download.

After the downloads are complete, you only need to play the .asf file (the one with the Windows Media Player Icon).  If the Closed Captioning does not play, make sure that your captions are turned on by going to the Windows Media Player tool bar and clicking on "Play"… "Captions and Subtitles" … "On if available" and then start your movie over again.

MAC USERS: Your terrific Manager of Implementation, Craig Halper, just shared with me how to enable closed captioning with MAC.  See attached Document. THANKS CRAIG!!!!

Download closed_captioning_for_mac_users.doc

Thanks to DEN TX Manager Michelle Weeks, I learned how to show closed captioning full screen

To learn more check out these links or visit Michelle’s blog   Thanks Michelle!!!

You can also turn the Closed Captioning into a Language Arts lesson, by pausing the movie and having the students point out the subjects, verbs, vocabulary, etc.  Go a step further by clicking on the black line masters, teacher guides, and correlations… often times you can find the script to the movie.


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  1. Ed Warkentin said:

    Does this work for Macintosh computers yet?
    This has been a frustration for me, that this wonderful feature only works for Windows machines…

  2. Steve Dembo said:

    I’ve read some interesting studies that having close captioning on does amazing things for students’ reading fluency. The correlations are strong enough that i know of several families that leave closed captioning on in their homes all the time. It’s very powerful in a simple, subtle way.

  3. Craig Halper said:

    Hi Ed,
    Closed Captioning will work on Macs with Windows Media Player. I’ve posted the directions below (sorry, text only because of the blog format), and will ask Jannita to post a Word doc with screenshots. Feel free to drop me an e-mail if you have questions.

    System Requirements: MAC OS X and Windows Media Player 9
    · Search for the video of your preference. If the title has closed captions, you will notice a CC icon below the description in the search results screen.
    · On the video clip screen under the Show Media Controls link, make sure that Windows Media Player is selected under Media Type Selection, select Stand-Alone under Player Selection, and click the check box next to “Enable Closed Captioning.”

    · In Windows Media Player, enable scripts to run when present. Go to the “Preference” Menu and select the security tab. Then Check the box that reads “Run script commands when present.”

    · Also ensure that Show Captions is checked in the View Menu for Windows Media Player.

    · If you have followed these steps correctly, once you play your video you will see closed captioning under the picture.

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