Highlights of 2013 – getting captions into the classroom

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Tuesday, 17 December 2013 11:34am

CAP THAT! is our national awareness campaign encouraging teachers to turn on captions in the classroom to help improve learning and literacy for all students. Here, we give a summary of the campaign’s biggest year yet.

The national campaign has now completed its third successful year, with interest growing every year. The campaign calls on teachers, principals and librarians to become Captions Champions and advocate for captions to be used throughout the school.

In 2013, we recruited 577 Captions Champions, which well and truly topped last year’s 375, with NSW bringing in a huge 230 Captions Champions. There was good representation across all education sectors – public, Catholic and independent – with six international Champions enrolled and over 100 from tertiary, pre-school and private tutor groups.

It was great to see lots of schools registering multiple Champions, which demonstrates whole-school support. A round of applause in particular goes to Cyril Jackson Senior Campus in WA, Taree Christian College in NSW and Melton Christian College in Victoria for their support.

A quick look at our three year wrap up video will give you a closer glimpse at our CAP THAT! campaign and its important message of turning captions on in schools. Our three how-to videos offer simple instructions on using captions with different technologies.

The CAP THAT! lesson plan resources for English, Maths, Science and History continue to closely align with the Australian Curriculum Content Descriptions. These are designed to help teachers integrate captioned media into their lessons and make the most of captions as a teaching tool.

For the third year in a row, we are grateful to our major sponsor, Australian Communication Exchange and also to those organisations that have endorsed our campaign: Deaf Australia, Deafness Forum, Better Hearing Australia, Ai-Media, Hear For You, Parents of Deaf Children, National Association of Australian Teachers of the Deaf, Catholic Education Office, Sydney; WA Department of Education and Access All Areas Film Festival. The campaign also enjoys support through National Literacy and Numeracy Week endorsement.

Further sponsorship support will be sought in 2014 to expand the campaign and get the message out to more Australian teachers.

Recently CAP THAT! introduced a monthly newsletter to keep Captions Champions engaged outside of the campaign period. And in preparation for the 2014 campaign, we’ve launched a Facebook page to help teachers share their experience of introducing captions to their class.

The CAP THAT! team extends a huge thank you to all Captions Champions for all your hard work raising awareness of the importance of turning on captions at school.

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