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Closed Captioning becoming readily available

I remember going to a session on closed captioning at a conference a couple years ago.  Although the presenter did an excellent job walking through the process of creating subtitles I remember leaving thinking that there is no way this is something an average video poster could or would do.  Not only did it require several pieces of software, but it was a very time consuming process.

It looks like this is all starting to change.  I received an email from a friend on the Universal Subtitles movement.  Mozilla (makers of Firefox) is playing a major role in this movement.  According to their site, The Universal Subtitles project will make it easy for anyone, anywhere to create and view video subtitles. You can learn more about it here:  The Universal Subtitles Project

Also, Google is now making it easy to add closed captioning to YouTube videos.  Learn more about it here: YouTube Closed Captioning.  One thing I took away from reading about it was that if you are in need of a video with closed captioning, just choose “Type: Closed Captioning” before you begin your search.

Please leave comments if you know of other resources!

CEC 2010 Sessions – Nashville, TN

Apologies for being away for so long… I started another venture that occupied way too much of my time.  Fortunately I’m back now, so should be able to provide updates much more often.

This post is just to speak on the two sessions I did with my colleagues at the CEC Conference in Nashville, TN.  They were both very well received.  Handouts can be found in the downloads section of our educational site and  The titles/descriptions were as follows:

The Best of Both Worlds: Integrating Technology and Instruction to Increase Reading Comprehension”, with Jason Gibson, University of KY, and Lisa Shaw, Central KY Special Ed Coop

Reading comprehension is critical for students’ long-term success. With the availability of numerous instructional strategies and technology applications, it is unclear what works and where to start. The presenters will share a variety of comprehension strategies and technology solutions validated through research that can be immediately implemented into any classroom.

Tools at Your Fingertips: Emerging Technologies for Preservice and Inservice Teacher Training, with Jason Gibson, University of KY and Rob Pennington, University of Louisville.

Supporting teachers in implementation of effective practices is a critical process in preservice and inservice settings. Unfortunately time, distance, budgets, and limited personnel limit the level of support provided. During this session the presenters will demonstrate simple ways of using no-cost/low-cost Web-based solutions to provide teacher training and support.

I hope everyone has a chance to look over the handouts.  Let me know if you have questions.