ABC launches new education site with captioned videos

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Friday, 9 November 2012 13:48pm

The ABC has partnered with Education Services Australia in launching Splash, a new educational website offering a range of multimedia resources including captioned content.

Splash provides free articles, videos, audio clips and games linked to the new Australian Curriculum. The extensive online library covers maths, English, history and science for primary and secondary students up to Year 10, with other subjects to be added in future.

The site also gives teachers topic collections and ideas for incorporating Splash content into the classroom, as well as useful tips for parents.

Importantly, each video on Splash is closed captioned, so that Deaf and hearing impaired students can access the content and teachers can make use of captions as a literacy-boosting tool. To turn on the captions, hover over the ‘CC’ button at the bottom right corner of a video and click on ‘Eng’ which should appear above. Transcripts are also available for videos and audio clips on the site.

Captions have long been demonstrated to assist all students, and particularly those who are Deaf or hearing impaired, have a language background other than English, have learning disabilities or are struggling readers. Our education campaign, CAP THAT! runs in the lead-up to National Literacy and Numeracy week and encourages teachers to turn on captions whenever they use video resources in the classroom.

The Splash website is currently in its beta stage and the ABC is seeking advice from teachers, parents and students on how they can improve it.

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