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Student campaigns for real time captions at school

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Earlier this month high school senior Delanie Harrington delivered a petition of 1,900 signatures to the Poway Unified School District Board of Education in San Diego California asking for real time captioning in the classroom.

Real time captions provide equal access to education by offering a rolling transcript of a teacher’s voice. They are created by a professional captioner working in a remote location, who coverts an audio feed into text. While the school district makes American Sign Language interpreters available, as Harrington does not use sign language she requires captions.


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Captions improve learning: study

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A case study conducted at San Francisco State University has found that student test scores and levels of comprehension improve when captions are turned on in university classrooms.

While captions are normally associated with providing access to videos for people who are Deaf or hearing impaired, there is growing evidence that they have literacy and learning benefits for everyone.


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Captioning Awards 2013: get your nominations in

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Nominations are now open for the 2013 Deafness Forum of Australia Captioning Awards. The Awards are held annually to recognise and encourage excellence in captioning across all forms of Australian media.

The categories for this year are:

  • TV captioning: recognises a significant achievement in the captioning of a TV program, series or event.
  • Entertainment, cinema and the arts: for an organisation that has made consistent efforts to provide and/or promote captioned performances, screenings or events.
  • Online captioning and digital innovation: for an organisation which has taken the initiative to consistently provide captions on a website or mobile app or which has used technology in an innovative way to enhance use or awareness of captions.

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Universal Design for Learning boosts student inclusion

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Inclusion in the classroom for all students is greatly enhanced when educators consider and use the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework in their planning and teaching.

UDL is an approach to education which aims to give all students equal opportunity to learn. Under UDL principles, teachers use methods that allow them to reach curriculum goals while meeting the needs of students with diverse needs and learning styles.


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Live captions in education made more accessible

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A new version of Ai-Media’s live captioning system Ai-Live has been launched which is easier to use and more accessible to people with a range of disabilities. The service is used by people who are Deaf or hearing impaired to provide information within classrooms, lecture theatres and at work. Live captioning is a crucial part of providing equal access in education.

How Ai-Live works:

  • A teacher wears a microphone while speaking
  • The audio of the teacher’s voice is sent to a captioner in a remote location over an internet connection
  • The captions are displayed on the student’s laptop or tablet less than seven seconds after the teacher spoke

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