CAP THAT! education campaign kicks off for 2012

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Thursday, 7 June 2012 12:25pm

Our annual CAP THAT! campaign promoting the use of captions in the classroom for every student is back for 2012, providing free tools and information to help teachers use captions in their classrooms and champion captions in their schools.

In the lead up to National Literacy and Numeracy Week, Australian educators can sign up to receive their free Captions Champion pack, making it easier to use captions as a tool for learning and literacy. The pack comes complete with information on captions and their benefits, ideas for class, flyers, stickers, posters and a badge. Free resources that incorporate captions, such as lesson plans and activities, are also available for all year groups.

Our classrooms are made up of diverse learners, including students who are Deaf, hearing impaired, from non-English speaking backgrounds, who struggle with reading and are visual learners. Captions are of particular importance for these students and have proven benefits for all students.

In 2012 cap that! is pleased to welcome back as Patron the Hon Senator Ursula Stephens, who kicked off this year’s campaign by visiting schools in western New South Wales last month and will continue to promote captions to schools around Australia throughout the campaign.

“Becoming a Captions Champion is such an easy thing to do but has outstanding benefits for students, teachers and the school as a whole” said Senator Stephens. “By simply providing information to your fellow staff members and switching captions on in the classroom, you’re working towards improved learning outcomes. You might be surprised by the benefits.”

At Menindee Central School, Senator Stephens recruited the first Captions Champion for the year, primary school teacher Jane Dunbar. Watch her video message for fellow teachers.

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