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Video for the Classroom

Illustration of a monitor screen with "talking head" represents a video resource.

Videos have long been an important teaching tool. As technology makes video available to just about everyone who wants to create their own video for teaching or learning, more and more hearing impaired individuals are left out. Learn how to make video inclusive.

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EqTD AUDIT

Use this AUDIT to evaluate the accessibility and usability of non-text graphics in a variety of media.

R2D2 Center at UW-Milwaukee

EqTD AUDIT  (Excel Document)

EqTD Manual  (PDF File)

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Universality of Captioning

A lecture from the ACCESS-ed Conference 2008 presented by Virginia Chiaverina, of PEPNet, which goes in depth on the idea of captioning from its beginning to today and how it can be applied to classroom settings. The lecture is presented in five parts, each of which apply to captioning but all entail a different aspect.

1 of 5 (captioned) World of Captioning in New Media  YouTube Video

1 of 5 (video described) World of Captioning in New Media  YouTube Video

2 of 5 (captioned) Captioning on Media  YouTube Video

2 of 5 (video described) Captioning on Media  YouTube Video

3 of 5 (captioned) Who Uses Captioning?  YouTube Video

3 of 5 (video described) Who Uses Captioning?  YouTube Video

4 of 5 (captioned) Benefits for all Students  YouTube Video

4 of 5 (vid. described) Benefits for all Students  YouTube Video

5 of 5 (captioned) Additional Tools for Teachers  YouTube Video

5 of 5 (vid. described) Additional Tools for Teachers  YouTube Video

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Video Closed Captioning Protocol

This protocol will help you to create a video with a caption track. Videos captioned with this method will be playable by older versions of QuickTime, back to QuickTime 3 (depending on video and audio code used).

R2D2 Center at UW-Milwaukee

Video Closed Captioning Protocol  (PDF File)

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Video Descriptive Track Protocol (Draft)

This protocol will help you create a video with an additional audio track that attempts to describe the visual component of the video. Note that the file created from this document will always have the additional track playing. We are currently examining the possibility of adding a toggle button.

Video Descriptive Track Protocol (Draft)  (PDF File)

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Access Symbols

This link provides downloadable access symbols, provided copyright free, for closed captioning, descriptive video, and web access.

WGBH website

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Accessibility of the Arts

This printable checklist addresses making the arts more accessible for people with disabilities.

National Endowment for the Arts

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AIM National Center's You Tube Channel

This You Tube channel from the National Center for Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM Center) includes videos with tips: Introducing AIM to Students and Technology and Skills for students and instructors,

National Center for Accessible Instructional Materials

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Captioning Terms and Technologies

This website provides some common technologies and terms that apply to captioning with various media players. "On the web, the primary multimedia technologies are Microsoft's Windows Media Player, Apple's Quicktime, RealNetwork's RealPlayer, and Macromedia Flash. Unfortunately, there is no fully standardized mechanism for captioning across these technologies. Each media player handles captions differently."

WebAIM

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Creating Video and Multimedia Products That Are Accessible to People with Sensory Impairments

This website provides rationale, guidelines, and web links to assure that multimedia content is accessible for students with hearing or vision impairments. This website provides types of captioning and access for people that are blind.

Washington University DO-IT

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Described and Captioned Media Program

The Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) serves as a clearinghouse of information and materials on the subject of description and captioning for service to consumers, agencies, corporations, and schools. Clearinghouse offerings include numerous DCMP print and online informational resources as well as a gateway to accessibility information from the Web sites of the DCMP and its collaborators.

Caption Max & National Association for the Deaf

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Description Key for Educational Media

Description is the verbal depiction of key visual elements in media and live productions. Also known as “audio description” or “video description,” the description of media involves the interspersion of these depictions with the program’s original audio. "Description is the key to opening a world of information for persons with a vision loss, literacy needs, or loss of cognitive abilities. While description was developed for people who are blind or visually impaired, millions of others may also benefit from description’s concise, objective translation of media’s key visual components.

These guidelines are a key for vendors and cover a range of topics from preparing to describe to determining both what information needs to be described and how to describe it. The information is also applicable to vendors and other businesses [PDF] that provide description for broadcast television and other media. Some background information and rationale are included for the novice, as well as an evolving list of description resources to help improve the quality and efficiency of one’s description."

This web page includes a more detailed definition, philosophy and more.

Described and Captioned Media Program, in conjunction with The National Association for the Deaf and the American asociation for the Blind

Captioning Key for Educational Media: Guidelines and Preferred T  (PDF File)

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IP TV, Remote Control, Set­Top Box, Apps and Programming Guide Accessibility  (Research based)

This PDF discusses the accessibility of IP TV, Remote Control, Set­Top Box, Apps and Programming Guide.

CSUN San Diego, CA

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NCAM/Media Access Generator (MAGpie)

This webpage provides a list of free software authoring tools for making multimedia accessible to persons with disabilities. Guidelines, standards, and recommendations for accessible web and multimedia, as well as specific media rich examples are listed.

National Center for Accessible Media

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Professional Caption Services get “YouTube Ready”

This June 30, 2010 blog article provides an update on YouTube captioning of videos. "Captioning is becoming increasingly important to YouTube and videos all across the web. Captions ensure that many more people can understand what's happening in your video, from deaf and hard of hearing viewers to people who speak a different language from you and choose to auto-translate the captions into their language. Captions also make your video a lot more discoverable. People searching for content on YouTube might encounter your video if your captions contain the words or subjects they're looking for."

YouTube Inc.

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Standards for Audio Description and Code of Professional conduct for Describers

This pdf document (available for download) from the Audio Description Coalition offers guidelines and a Code of Professional Conduct for Describers. The document was compiled by a group of audio describers and trainers from across the United States, based on their combined training, experience, knowledge, and resources. For more information, contact www.AudioDescriptionCoalition.org.

Audio Description Coalition

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The Smith-Kettlewell Video Description Research and Development Center (VDRDC)

This website highlights Smith-Kettlewell's collaboration with partners and stakeholders in the Description Leadership Network. Smith-Kettlewell is developing advanced video annotation methods for use in a wide variety of educational settings, as well as helping educators and other description providers make better use of the tools already available.

Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute

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Video Description

"Video description consists of verbal depictions of key visual elements in a video or television program which are inserted into natural pauses in the spoken dialogue. Audio description, a similar concept, refers to verbal depictions provided during a live (non-recorded) performance or program." This is in the Technology Policy portion of the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) website.

American Foundation for the Blind

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WebAnywhere - A Screen Reader On The Go

WebAnywhere is a web-based screen reader for the web. It requires no special software to be installed on the client machine and, therefore, enables blind people to access the web from any computer they happen to have access to that has a sound card.The web page includes links to video or audio tutorials for using WebAnywhere.

University of Washington

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Recognizing and respecting differences in others, and treating everyone like you want them to treat you, will help make our world a better place for everyone. Care... be your best. You don't have to be handicapped to be different. Everyone is different!

Kimputer, Kim Peek, inspiration for Rain Main