Many of us use videos as required or supplemental resources for student use in our courses. Emily McWorthy from Kirkwood’s Distance Learning has created a very helpful and thorough guide for faculty with questions about this requirement, and how to ensure all their videos are captioned.

A snippet from her guide: “By law, all course videos must have closed captioning available for students.  Closed Captioning benefits all students, not just students with disabilities.  This packet contains instructions for closed captioning videos in different scenarios.

“All videos, even supplementary videos, are required to have closed captioning to provide an equal experience for all students.  This includes videos for online and face-to-face courses.  This also includes videos created for other faculty and staff members.”

Great information to know! To read the whole guide, find it posted on this blog, on our “Ed Tech Resources” page.

[Kate H.]

Intel is reported to be rolling out new smartglasses.  It sounds like the glasses will actually be relatively “dumb,” with most functionality driven by the bluetooth-attached cell phone.  They will have some “heads-up” display capability but it doesn’t sound like they provide any capture functionality, one of the most controversial things about Google Glass.  “Early access program” later this year.

“At eSpark Learning, we’ve built Frontier, a new platform of inquiry-based ELA lessons designed with students and teachers in mind. We’ve made it our mission to build lessons that nurture 21st century academic success and empower extraordinary teaching. Our team has interviewed and observed hundreds of teachers from across the country to learn where technology is falling short in their classrooms and where teachers need additional support to take their instructional practice to the next level.”

Find the rest of the article on EdSurge here.