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Captioning: Making classroom video more effective and inclusive

Want a sure-fire way to help kids develop their vocabulary and reading skills faster?  Do you have a student whose first language is not the same as their classmates and who would like to access video based material more easily?  

Video platforms like YouTube and Vimeo are great sources of content for the classroom but they also have some very interesting features that should interest any teacher.   Let’s take a look!  (Video: 2 mins)

Things to check

There are some limits to be aware of, so you may want to check any video content before expecting it to work in class correctly.

  • Not all videos will be enabled for auto-generated subtitles.
  • If there is a lot of music or noise in a video, it may not generate everything said.
  • The auto-generation is not great at grammar and will miss capital letters and punctuation. Some videos may have professionally produced custom captions to address this.
  • Vimeo has similar speed and auto-generated subtitle options but lacks a translate feature.

One for the students too?

Activating the subtitles can be an extra help for an independent learner when encountering and exploring new vocabulary or ideas and is something they may want to be made aware of.

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