Tuesday's Tips and Tricks

Have you ever wondered how to increase the size of the close captioning text when viewing it full screen? 

This tip comes to us via Jeff Smith at the Erie County Technical School in Pennsylvania.

Increasing the Close Caption Text Size
When using closed captioning, the text may not be as large as you would like it to be. To increase the size of the text follow these steps:

  1. Download both the video/video segment and close caption (cc) file
  2. Open the cc file in a text editing program like WordPad or Notepad. 
  3. Locate the line of code that indicates “font size.”  This is usually about the sixth line of code. 
  4. Increase the font size to at least 20 pts, or even larger. 
  5. Save and close your file in your folder with the video file. 
  6. The next time you view the video, the size of the text should be increased

Is that way too cool for school or what?  Thanks Jeff!

Here are the step by step instructions for downloading and projecting cc videos full screen:Download closed_caption_full_screen_viewing_steps.doc

This tip is brought to you by the letter Queue
Are you a Network Administrator or Technology Coordinator responsible for managing your school/district’s bandwidth?  Then this little tip may be right up your alley.
unitedstreaming has a tool called Network Manager.  When activated, teachers find video/video segments and queue them to download later.  That night (or at a time set by the Administrator) all of the queued videos are downloaded onto a local computer or server.  The next day teachers are able to stream and/or download these videos onto their own personal computers.  And here’s the bandwidth management piece; since the videos are now locally saved, teachers stream/download information from a local source and not the Internet.  To see how it works or to demonstrate to your teachers, check out this PowerPoint:Download undestanding_network_manager.ppt 

Details, Details, Details
Here’s a great little tip when you are talking about Primary Sources.  Find an image, any image, and open its large version (click on the Preview link underneath "Large").

Then, on a PC, follow these steps:

  • Hover over lower right-hand corner until you see an icon with arrows pointing out from each of its four corners
  • Click on the expand icon
  • Click and drag the gray left-right and up-down buttons to zero in on the image detail

On a Mac:

  • Open image in iPhoto
  • Frame the part of the image that you want to enlarge
  • Use your zoom function to enlarge that piece of the image.

To find some really great imagery, click on the Advanced Search and scroll down until you see the Publishers drop down box.  Choose any of the Library of Congress, NASA, or U.S.D.A. Forest Service images and watch as your students imagination take over.

For more great tips and tricks – click on the Tips and Tricks! link located underneath the word Categories.  See it?  Right there…scroll back up and look in the gray bar on the left-hand side of your screen… 

I hope that these tips are helpful. If you have any neat tips, tricks, comments, etc. please feel free to share!

Talk to you soon,
Matt Monjan
Discovery Education, Implementation.


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  1. Scott Kinney said:


    Great tip on the closed captioning! I have had that questions asked, but had no idea that it was even possible.

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