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Nov 2012

Online Educational Video and The Hidden Benefits of Subtitles

Using Subtitles on Video offers Teachers in the Classroom a potential Treasure Trove of Opportunity.

Sadly many believe that when Subtitles (otherwise known as Captions) are provided on educational video for use in the classroom, that they only benefit the deaf, and those with hearing impairments. Yet this could not be further from the truth.

In an educational environment, particularly the school classroom, the use of subtitles provides a range of benefits for children and students of all ages and ability, and certainly not just those with special education needs.

And the faster teachers and schools are made aware of those benefits, the sooner those benefits can be made available and passed on to their students. (more…)

Oct 2012

Up to 80% of Teachers Using Video in the Classoom, But …

… Less Than 10% of Those Teachers Are Receiving The Full Benefits.

Research conducted over the last 18 months indicates that more than 80% of teachers in the US are using video in the classroom as a valued teaching resource, however a combination of lack of subtitles (closed captions), and a lack of understanding how to use those subtitles effectively, mean that the vast majority of those teachers are not getting the full benefits from that video for themselves or their students.

Subtitles have widely been regarded in the past as being essential only for those smaller numbers of children with hearing impairments. But sadly this misapprehension is robbing students of many opportunities.

A substantial amount of research over the last 30 years has demonstrated that subtitles on video, movies and television, has the potential to significantly improve students reading and literacy skills. In fact a pilot program operated by the late Dr. Alice Killackey of the Availll Institute demonstrated the ability to improve children’s Reading and Literacy skills by as much as one year, in as little as 6 weeks.

Evidence substantiating this potential comes from countries like Finland that have for many years provided TV programming with subtitles as a matter of course, and as a result they repetitively top the list of OECD countries with the highest Reading and Literacy skills amongst children.

However the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow that would enable children to improve their Reading and Literacy skills at the same time as studying a range of curriculum-based topics, has remained elusive while the majority of companies providing educational video for teachers have chosen to ignore and provide the use of subtitles – either because of the added cost of providing that captioning, or lack of awareness about the full potential it provides in the educational environment.

Jul 2012

Boycott The Use of Educational Video With No Subtitles or Closed Captions

Educational Video Without Subtitles or Captions Fails To Provide Equal Access for all Children

We live in a time where now more than 94% of teachers use video as an important educational video resource in the classroom.

As a result a host of services now attempt to provide online educational video to satisfy that growing demand. However with the exception of only two companies, they all conveniently ignore the fact that providing educational video without the essential availability of subtitles or captions, fails to provide equal access for all children. And it’s all because of cost …it simply costs too much.

The power of Visual Learning is beyond doubt, but the use of captions and subtitles on Educational Video is regarded as essential for:

  • The Deaf and hearing impaired students.
  • Improving comprehension for struggling readers.
  • Improving literacy for children with learning disabilities and Special Needs.
  • Enabling all children to improve Reading and Literacy skills.
  • When combined with the audio visual nature of video they provides for the widest range of Learning styles.
  • Providing language benefits for students learning English as a Second Language

They are so important that the company Zane Education recognises the use of subtitles and captions on educational video as The Missing Piece.

Even the law now recognises and demands the use of subtitles and captions on video.