Today, educators and leaders at institutions across the country are celebrating Read Captions Across America Day (RCAA). The Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) started the initiative to encourage others to turn on captions when watching videos.
As part of this celebration, RCAA is encouraging professionals in K-12 and higher education communities to learn more about the importance of captions in classrooms.
The DCMP partners with the National Education Association’s Read Across America to hold the event each year on March 2nd in honor of the birthday of children’s book author Dr. Seuss.
In addition to books, more videos are being used to facilitate engaging learning opportunities. When they’re captioned, they encourage and foster more inclusive learning experiences for all students.
How captions enhance learning
Captions are proven to help support learning, increasing students’ comprehension and retention. These learning tools benefit many types of students, including those who are Deaf or hard of hearing. They also support those watching in a non-native language, students who are learning about new or complex subjects and learners who are just starting to read.
Even for students who are fluent in a language or do not have disabilities, captions can help them better understand video content, including diverse accents, slang or technical terms. Although captions benefit all students, for many with disabilities, they’re a necessity.
Why captioning matters
15% of people have some form of disability and there are nearly 7 million students with disabilities in the US alone. Given this prevalence, educators and administrators likely cross paths with students, parents and colleagues who have a disability.
Offering captioning to students with disabilities matters because it delivers a level playing field and provides them an equitable learning experience. Students who are Deaf or hard of hearing, for example, need captions to participate effectively when learning. Specialized captioning technologies like AutomaticSync’s are designed to help not only students with disabilities, but all students. For example, captioning videos provides an efficient way to create transcripts, which means students have access to word-for-word notes for their lectures.
DCMP resources for educators
As part of the RCAA campaign, the DCMP is offering certificates and kits that include posters and bookmarks to help teachers educate students about the benefits of captioning. These resources are available in both printed and digital formats for schools that are teaching in remote or hybrid learning environments.
Professors and teachers alike can also make use of the DCMP’s continuing education resources which are dedicated to helping educators work effectively with students with disabilities, including those who are Deaf, hard of hearing, Blind and have low vision.
Celebrate RCAA & benefit from captioning
To support the RCAA, consider using captions to transform your educational videos into valuable learning assets. When used effectively, captioning can help educators improve engagement and support students’ studying efforts and academic performance.
AutomaticSync is an essential partner that institutions can work with to make their learning environments more interactive and accessible, with captioning that helps them reach Americans with Disabilities Act benchmarks. Our captioning services are approved by the DCMP’s Captioning Service Vendors list.
Contact us to learn how our specialized teams and technology is purpose built for education to best support your institutions’ captioning needs.