Top 12 of 2012 #11 – the ABC helps get captions in schools

Monday, 17 December 2012 14:31pm

In partnership with Education Services Australia, the ABC launched an education website in November. With closed captions provided for all videos, ABC Splash has drastically increased the availability of captioned resources for students.

Captions are not only essential for children who are Deaf or hearing impaired but have been demonstrated to improve literacy outcomes across the board. Captions are particularly valuable for students who speak English as an additional language, struggle with reading or are visual learners. Our education campaign, CAP THAT!,encourages teachers to turn on captions whenever they press play in the classroom.

Like CAP THAT!, ABC Splash provides topic collections and guides to enable teachers to more easily incorporate captioned content into lessons.

Our Education Manager, Anne McGrath said, “Splash is brilliant! It’s really going to make a difference to education access across the nation.”

To turn on captions on Splash videos:

  • Hover your mouse over the ‘CC’ button at the bottom right corner of the video player
  • Click on the ‘Eng’ button that appears above the ‘CC’ button

ABC Splashhas been modelled to meet the needs of the new Australian Curriculum which is being implemented in all states and territories over the coming years. The site features multimedia resources for English, maths, science and history from Foundation to Year 10.

The ABC is currently seeking feedback from teachers, parents and students to help improve Splash in time for the new school year. To provide feedback, click on the red ‘tell us what you think’ button on the far left of the screen.


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