Captioning YouTube Content | Into Wild Places

Captioning YouTube Content | Into Wild Places

As I mentioned in my initial introduction, accessibility and engagement are crucial components of my teaching philosophy and personal identity.

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.

 [Image: light blue background with capital black font, "YOUTUBE CAPTIONS- HOW TO: -GO TO YOUR VIDEO MANAGER; -CLICK EDIT ON ANY VIDEO; -CLICK SUBTITLES/CC (TOP RIGHT); -CLICK ADD NEW SUBTITLES; -CHOOSE A METHOD YOU PREFER, OR; -CLICK PUBLISHED DEFAULT CAPTIONS; -CLICK EDIT; -SAVE AND PUBLISH]

[Image: light blue background with capital black font, "YOUTUBE CAPTIONS-
HOW TO: -GO TO YOUR VIDEO MANAGER; -CLICK EDIT ON ANY VIDEO; -CLICK SUBTITLES/CC (TOP RIGHT); -CLICK ADD NEW SUBTITLES; -CHOOSE A METHOD YOU PREFER, OR; -CLICK PUBLISHED DEFAULT CAPTIONS; -CLICK EDIT; -SAVE AND PUBLISH]

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.

 [Image: light purple background with white capital letters, "FIND CAPTIONED YOUTUBE CONTENT-; -SEARCH YOUTUBE FOR #WITHCAPTIONS; -CHOOSE VIDEOS WITH [CC] NEXT TO THEM]

[Image: light purple background with white capital letters, "FIND CAPTIONED YOUTUBE CONTENT-; -SEARCH YOUTUBE FOR #WITHCAPTIONS; -CHOOSE VIDEOS WITH [CC] NEXT TO THEM]

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.

 [Image: emerald green background with black capital letters, "COMMUNITY CAPTIONS HOW TO: -Click on any video; -Under the creator's name, click the More icon (three dots); -Click Add Translations; -If the creator has it enabled, add translation and press submit]

[Image: emerald green background with black capital letters, "COMMUNITY CAPTIONS
HOW TO: -Click on any video; -Under the creator's name, click the More icon (three dots); -Click Add Translations; -If the creator has it enabled, add translation and press submit]

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.

Best wishes,

Alexandria Taylor

Further Learning: Accessibility in a Click Slideshow | Rikki Poynter | YouTube Community Contributions FAQ

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