In the video-on-demand classroom of today, many teachers have curated a wide variety of videos to help support instruction. Unfortunately, many of these videos are not accessible by all students, something we have the ability to fix. Amara.org gives teachers the tools they need to make their favorite videos accessible to students. Special thanks to Alan Natachu from Madison College for sharing this strategy with Circles of Innovation. For more information, please check out the video below. If you would like to get started subtitling your own favorite videos, go to http://amara.org. Copy and paste your favorite un-captioned video into the space provided and amara.org will provide you with the training and tools you need to make the content accessible to students.
Here is a quick example of this in practice. One of the videos we plan to use at this month’s Circle (Humor in the Classroom) is from Fr. Guido Sarducci (Don Novello) from Saturday Night Live in the 1980’s. Unfortunately, this video, as popular and funny as it was, was not closed captioned. With Amara.org, we were quickly able to caption it and quickly embed it for our users. Take a look below to see the finished product.