Captioning YouTube Content | Into Wild Places
When it comes to including accessibility into the classroom, especially integration with EdTech, it is necessary to remember that it can be simple! However, these simple changes will make an immense difference when it comes to building a classroom community, and increasing student comprehension.
Therefore, let me suggest one of the best places to begin: captioning YouTube content!
The video above is from one of my digital colleagues, Rikki Poynter, a crucial advocate within YouTube spaces for disability activism, specifically d/Deaf activism. Her video above is from one of the campaigns she launched last fall, #NoMoreCraptions, to advocate for creators to one, become aware of the issues within the standard YouTube captioning algorithm, and two, provide recommendations for individuals to begin captioning their own content.
Do you make YouTube videos? Do you have your videos only have the default YouTube captions? Here is how you can add captions.
Do you showcase YouTube videos in your classroom? Do you want to make sure your students have more accessibility while engaging with this content? Here is how you can find captioned content.
Do you want your students to become active citizens of their YouTube content? They can submit captions to YouTube creators in any language that they have enabled. Here is how you can do that.
It may seem like a lot of steps initially, but this work is important, and will impact your students in the long run. Try it out. The results are worth the new knowledge.