Okay, I have to admit that while prior to joining Discovery my wife and I had used unitedstreaming quite a bit, but I was not aware of the Closed Captioning Feature available.
Now that I train educators on how to fully utilize unitedstreaming content I realize that enabling the Closed Caption feature is not the most intuitive process. Therefore I have provided a little pdf file to help walk you through the process.
You might be saying to yourself, “I don’t have any hearing impaired students so why do I need to know how to enable closed captioning for videos?”. Well, research has shown that closed captioning is not just for the hearing impaired. It can be a powerful tool to assist students in pre-reading skills, comprehension, providing positive reading experiences, plus many others.
Below I have copied a list of Benefits of Captions from the Captioned Media Program.
• Captions help children with word identification, meaning, acquisition, and retention.
• Reading captions is motivating to reading.
• Captions can help children establish a systematic link between the written word and the spoken word.
• Pre-readers, by becoming familiar with captions, will have familiar signposts when they begin reading print-based material.
• Captioning has been related to higher comprehension skills when compared to viewers watching the same media without captions.
• Children who have a positive experience in reading will want to read; reading captions provide such an experience.
• Reading is a skill that requires practice, and practice in reading captions is practice with authentic text.
• Captions provide missing information for individuals who have difficulty processing speech and auditory components of the visual media (whether this difficulty is due to a hearing loss or a cognitive delay).
• Students often need assistance in learning content-relevant vocabulary (in biology, history, literature, and other subjects), and with captions they see both the terminology (printed word) and the visual image.
• Captioning is essential for deaf and hard of hearing children, can be very beneficial to those learning English as a second language, can help those with reading and literacy problems, and can help those who are learning to read.
Did you discover something new? Deliver the discovery to at least three more colleagues and show them the benefits of what you discovered. Then document your event on the report form! Get points for discovering, delivering and documenting! Maybe you will win this week! We’ll do this week’s drawing on Saturday!