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Closed Captioning and Audio Description to Expand

The U.S. Department of Education, Discovery Education and CaptionMax announce a partnership to expand the number of videos with closed captions and audio description to ensure greater access to digital content for all students. 
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Captioned and audio-described titles help educators provide digital content for every learner

The U.S. Department of Education, Discovery Education and CaptionMax announce a partnership to expand the number of videos with closed captions and audio description to ensure greater access to digital content for all students.

Closed captions (CC) allow deaf and hard-of-hearing students to understand lessons and can also benefit ELL students and students with learning disabilities. The number of Discovery Education streaming videos with closed captioning will exceed 1,700 full-length programs and 13,000 core concept video clips by the fall of 2009.

In addition, many videos will be audio-described to allow visually impaired students to understand the content through a voice-over that describes key visual elements. Audio description also can benefit students that learn best aurally or through multi-sensory input."The few times my students have experienced video description, they have been ecstatic," said Jill Soule, a high school teacher in San Diego, Calif. "The insight these descriptions afforded them was unlike anything they had experienced before."

Available in more than half of all U.S. schools and searchable by keyword, content area and grade level, Discovery Education streaming offers teachers and students a library of up to 9,000 videos and 70,000 video clips aligned to state academic and testing standards.


For more information on Discovery Education streaming, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.

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