Date
01 April 2020

Communicate and present information in different ways

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Classroom strategies year 9-13’

Ideas for presenting content

Ideas for presenting content

Consider the most effective ways to present information to support understanding.

  • Take a multisensory approach – use real experiences, physical activities, manipulables, photos, graphics and video alongside text or spoken content.
  • Present digital rather than printed text so that students can personalise it, and use tools such as text-to speech.
  • Use blogs, wikis, and online tools such as Moodle to bring together different versions of content in one place (for example, a YouTube video, a graphic and some text).
  • Create digital rather than only hard copy content and information. This enables students to personalise how they access. They can listen to it, add digital sticky notes or sync it to online calendars and organise it in ways that work for them.
  • Turn on the closed captions on videos.
  • Avoid using handouts or workbooks that can’t be adjusted.
  • Make instructions, demonstrations or key content rewindable and accessible 24/7.

Use text-to-speech tools

Use text-to-speech tools

Kit Hard demonstrates the value of text-to-speech tools. He illustrates how to use them on an iPad.

Use a range of media

Use a range of media

Choose videos that have simple images, concise verbal explanations, with closed captions supports.

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 year 9-13”:

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