Now in its third year, the annual cap that! campaign is focused on asking teachers all around Australia to turn on captions in schools to improve literacy and learning benefits for all students.
Captions are of great assistance for many Deaf and hearing impaired students.
Research has shown that captions can improve comprehension for students who use a language other than English as their first language, for struggling readers and for children with learning difficulties.
Captions are already available on many DVDs, online videos and TV programs, but many people are not aware that they are now being used in classrooms as a new way of teaching students with diverse learning needs.
cap that! are currently looking for teachers to become Captions Champions for 2013. Captions Champions receive a pack containing information to assist them start using captions in the classroom immediately and also to encourage their teaching colleagues to do the same. To complement the pack, the cap that! website provides lesson plan ideas and other resources. The lesson plans are designed around the Australian Curriculum subjects of maths, science, history and English and cater for Kindy through to Year 10. Each resource has a captioned element to it and most link directly to free captioned videos.
Captions Champions are kept up-to-date on the availability of new, captioned multimedia via a free newsletter and through the cap that! website content.
Captions Champion at St Clare of Assisi, ACT, Tiffany Reedy said, “Captions provide me with another teaching method I can use to improve learning outcomes around literacy. It’s something I hadn’t thought much about previously but since being a Captions Champion I’ve started to seek out educational videos with captions, and in doing so I’ve seen benefits for every student in the class.”
Visit www.capthat.com.au for your free Captions Champion pack and to access a range of resources for teachers, schools and parents.
cap that! is sponsored by the Australian Communication Exchange and proudly supported by National Literacy and Numeracy Week.