Date
24 April 2019

Present information in different ways to support access and understanding

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Helpful classroom strategies years 1-8’

Offer text-to-speech tools

Offer text-to-speech tools

Kit Hard demonstrates the value of text-to-speech tools.

He illustrates how to use them on an iPad.

Support under­standing with visuals

Support under­standing with visuals

Offer information in more than one way.

Use symbols and graphics to illustrate text.

Keep the layout clean and uncluttered.

Give instructions in close proximity

Give instructions in close proximity

Communication can be more effective up close.

It can help reduce distractions and support attention.

Take a multi-sensory approach

Take a multi-sensory approach

Offer students multiple opportunities to build understanding using all their senses.
  • Offer real experiences, physical activity, and manipulables to support understanding.
  • Support text and spoken information with photos, graphics, audio, and video.
  • Present digital text rather than printed text so that students can personalise it by enlarging it or listening to it.
  • Use online tools such as Google Slides or blogs to bring multimedia together, so students have content options presented in different media all in one place (for example, a YouTube video, a graphic and some text).
  • Make instructions, demonstrations, or key content rewindable and accessible 24/7.

Find videos with closed captions

Find videos with closed captions

How to find YouTube videos with closed captions using a laptop or desktop computer.

  • Search for YouTube and open the home page.
  • Type search subject (for example “frogs”) into YouTube search bar and press return key.
  • On left of screen, click the tab called “Filters” and a menu box will open.
  • Select “subtitles/CC” under the Features list.
  • Select a video from the selection of filtered videos presented by YouTube.
  • Watch the selected video with the closed captions turned on to check for accuracy before sharing with students.
  • Share closed captioned video with students.

Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Helpful classroom strategies years 1-8”:

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