The Missing Piece in Education – Using Subtitles and Closed Captioning on Video

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With over 94% of teachers now regularly using video in the classroom as an effective teaching aid, there has been a dramatic increase in number of websites attempting to provide the use of educational video online. Yet virtually without exception, all those video providers have overlooked the inclusion of the single most important feature that arguably provides the most important educational benefit for students – the Subtitles, or otherwise known as Closed Captioning. Missing Piece Jigsaw Puzzle (Crazy Hard!)


A significant amount of successful research carried out over the last 30 years by people like Dr.Brij Kothari, Greg McCall, Susan Homan, the late Dr. Alice Killackey and many others, has established the powerful link between the use of subtitles on video, and the potential to dramatically improve children’s reading and literacy skills.

In recent years, Dr. Alice Killackey followed up 5 years of research work by developing a reading program using 3 subtitled Hollywood movies, that once implemented, produced impressive results, including the improvement a child’s reading age by as much as one year, in as little as just six weeks.

Dr. Brij Kothari experienced similar success albeit with significantly greater numbers of children after he returned to India and used subtitled karaoke music videos to help overcome the widespread problems of poor literacy problems and under-developed reading skills.

Neilsen Research that indicated that the use of Subtitles on television doubled the number of functional early-age readers.

Little wonder then that I have chosen to work with Zane as I develop an inclusive teaching style. Developing an eCLISP is all about ensuring that each and every member of the class can understand the material and is able to be fully included in the cooperative classroom atmosphere.


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