Dear Science Friday,
I love your videos and use them in my classes as bell work or for general information. I am a Montessori Adolescent Guide (teacher) and an avid user of technology in the classroom. However, being a small, un-funded, teacher subsidized private school, our technology apparatus tends to be on the “vintage” side. Because of this, we have had difficulty hearing the audio of some of your videos. Have you ever considered close captioning your videos?
There are many benefits to closed captioning in the classroom. First, it does ensure clarity of content by providing it in two modalities. And by offering in the closed or open captioning modality, it reinforces reading speed and comprehension in the students. Secondly, in my particular situation, we have shared classroom spaces. Having the open captioning option allows us to be mindful of the lessons going on around us by keeping the audio at a lower decibel.
Speaking of students, your audience is far more vast than my classroom. Open and closed captioning would open your audience to include Deaf and hard of hearing people of all ages. My dad and sister wear a hearing aid, yet still they prefer to have captions on so they don’t miss a thing.
It also has another, more indirect consequence, in my opinion. It provides the general population a chance to practice grace and courtesy and live out the sentiment: “It’s not all about me .” If all things visual, were made accessible to all, if being exposed to open or closed captioning on movies, streaming videos, etc., was the next cultural trend, it could slowly cultivate a culture change that might help us as a society to think outside of ourselves and put someone else before us.
Thank you for your time and consideration. This is an opportunity for a win/win situation. We, as a country, don’t get too many opportunities for those.
In His Grip,