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Tools for Access to Multimedia in the Classroom & Home


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The shift to digital classrooms brings new challenges in accessibility to multimedia content such as images and videos. This workshop introduces tools for creating embedded image and video descriptions for independent and immediate access to digital content by students who are blind or visually impaired.

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Tools for Access to Multimedia in the Classroom & Home

  1. 1. Tools for Access to Multimedia in the Classroom & Home Yue-Ting Siu, TVI SFSU and UC Berkeley Twitter: @TVI_ting Mary Ann Siller, M.Ed CTVI – Texas Twitter: @dcmp_tweets #AERIntlConf
  2. 2. Principles of Media Accessibility ● Every student deserves equal access to learning opportunities. ● For students with vision loss: o Media in the classroom = hurdle o Lack of accessible technology • Access is necessary to: o Enhance communication o Create language opportunities o Expand educational options o Enrich lives #AERIntlConf
  3. 3. Principals of Media Accessiblity (cont’d) ● Description and captioning make educational media accessible to blind, low vision, deaf, and hearing impaired students. ● 15% of educational content = captioned ● 1% of educational content = described ● Description: o Takes into account and targets the unique learning styles of children with visual impairments o Supports the connection to how lessons align with needs of diverse learners. ● DCMP Tip Sheet: #AERIntlConf
  4. 4. About DCMP The Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP): ● Believes accessible media is an integral tool in the teaching and learning process for all stakeholders in the educational community. ● Promotes and provides equal access to communication and learning for students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind. ● Provides an online catalog that allows members to browse by topic or perform a keyword search. #AERIntlConf @DCMP_tweets
  5. 5. About DCMP (cont’d) ● Lesson guides available for a large number of titles, inclusion of caption and description scripts. ● Provides a collection of free 4,200 described and captioned educational media that is online or as free-loan media. ● Information and research about accessible media. ● Offers a free monthly newsletter with key educational resources. #AERIntlConf @DCMP_tweets
  6. 6. Case Study: The “flipped” classroom ● Multimedia incorporated into lesson plans ● Aligned to Common Core materials ● Independent vs. dependent study ● Immediacy of access! #AERIntlConf @TVI_ting
  7. 7. Tools: What Can They Do? Promote o Equal Access! o Independent Access! o Social Inclusion! o Digital Inclusion! Uses o Alt text versus captions o Image description o Audio (video) description #AERIntlConf @TVI_ting
  8. 8. Alt text: Microsoft Word and Powerpoints #AERIntlConf @TVI_ting
  9. 9. Image description: POET tool
  10. 10. Video description: YouDescribe #AERIntlConf @TVI_ting
  11. 11. Description Guidelines Three Key Steps: Observe, Analyze, and Communicate Step 1. Describe what you see and don’t infer ● Identify elements of the work by segments-- objects, people, setting, arrangement ● Descriptive Elements-- Color, Shape, Line, Texture…. ● Use Vivid Language ● Do not try to fill every pause Step 2. Analyze/understand the work to be described ● What is happening, what is emphasized, what are possible meanings ● Goal/Purpose: Object/scene to be described ● Be careful not to infer….note mood, meaning, main idea/message #AERIntlConf
  12. 12. Description Guidelines (cont’d) Step 3. Communicate ● Clear, Precise Thoughts ● Orderly Flow (General to Specific) ● Concise, Prioritize Description ● Vivid/Descriptive Words ★ Eliminate extra information/language ● Consistent vocabulary ★ Use present tense (walks vs. walking) #AERIntlConf
  13. 13. The Meadows Museum at SMU: Portrait of Ilya Ehrenburg—1915 Diego María Rivera #AERIntlConf
  14. 14. Resources • DCMP Description Key (Guidelines for K-12) • DCMP Description Tip Sheet Guidelines & Tutorials for: • STEM image descriptions • DIAGRAM Poet tool • Video descriptions • YouDescribe • Handbook for museums & educators for accessible programs #AERIntlConf
  15. 15. Contact Us! Yue-Ting Siu, TVI NLCSD Fellow and Doctoral Candidate Twitter: @TVI_ting Mary Ann Siller, M.Ed. CTVI Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments, Description Leadership Network, and DCMP and VDRDC Committee Member #AERIntlConf