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Tool Talk | March 11, 2019

Voicethread Upgraded: Now with Automatic Captions

If you have been using VoiceThread for mini-lectures or assignments, I bring good news! This presentation and discussion tool has been upgraded. From now on, all new audio and video content created on VoiceThread will have captions automatically generated a few minutes after the recording is uploaded.

Closed captioning is an accessibility feature that benefits all students. Students who watch VoiceThreads in sound-sensitive environments, like buses and libraries, often turn on captions. Captions are helpful when the recording contains specialized terminology or when the speech is fast paced or heavily accented. Students whose native language is not English appreciate being able to read text and listen to the words at the same time. Of course, captions are essential for students who cannot hear or are hard of hearing.

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