Showing posts from November, 2016

Why Closed Captioning? Improve Your SEO

Closed Captioning, Subtititles, and Transcripts provide text that search engines can index resulting in better Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Businesses or individuals with a lot of video content desire traffic to their content to improve visibility and monetization strategies. Videos with captions will help drive traffic to your content because not only will the title and description be indexed but also the captions and transcripts meaning users are more likely to find your video over one a similar one that is not captioned. I am not an expert on the backend of how this works, so if this speaks to your why behind starting or continuing a captioning practice, there are lots of articles and tutorials online that provide a more in-depth explanation of how this works.
Searching for Captioned Content Improving my SEO is not a big captioning motivating factor for me but I am always on the look-out for good quality, captioned content. This can be done easily with a few tricks. You can ta…

Why Closed Captioning? Easily Navigate a Video

When captions are present on YouTube videos, it makes it easy to navigate to a certain part of the video.  This is especially useful on longer videos to find a small portion to share in class. I've also used this feature in combination with Control/Command + F to quickly find a keyword and go exactly to that point in the video. Transcripts help to be more efficient in using media and locating exactly what you need.

To navigate to a certain point in any YouTube video:

Click More > Transcript Choose your desired transcript. YouTube defaults to the manually-created captions in the language of the video however you may see Automatic Captions transcripts as well as transcripts in different languages if uploaded. 
Scroll and click on the transcript and your video will automatically go to that section. Transcripts have other benefits besides being able to navigate a video. I have copied and pasted video transcripts into a Google Doc for further analysis by students. I started this proc…

Why Closed Captioning? Access to Other Languages

Any video on YouTube or within Google Drive that contains manually-generated captions, allows the viewer to self-select a language of their choice and the captions will be auto-translated. It's as simple as choosing the Settings Gear > Subtitles/CC > Auto-Translate > and finally selecting a desired language.

Both YouTube and Google Drive allows video owners to upload multiple subtitles or Closed Captioning files, so content creators who are multi-lingual can create transcript files in more than one language to ensure greater accuracy than the auto-translate feature. In this case, the user would still click on the gear and see additional Subtitles/CC options for each language a caption file was uploaded.

Given the diversity of languages present in our classrooms and homes today if educators and their students closed caption their video content, we can Create Accessibility for even more users. Imagine a student video project now accessible to family members who speak anoth…

Why Closed Captioning? Part 1/7

If there is one thing I keep hearing this year, embedded in a variety of different contexts, is leading from your Why. I know my Why behind this Create Accessibility project but realize that doesn't necessarily translate to the why of others.

Recently, I attended the CETPA conference in Sacramento that had lots of different technology vendors. While talking with one vendor that has a fabulous product used in our classrooms, I brought up the point that none of their training content was captioned. I had previously brought this to their attention by email much earlier in the year and received a very gracious response.  However, this time I initially I didn't get any response in the conversation so I provided more information about the difficulties that inaccessible content creates for people with disabilities like myself. The vendor handed me their card with the response, "Well, IFthis is really important to you, send me an email." It was an odd exchange. Walking away…

Alt Image Tags in Google Docs, Slides, Drawing, and Sheets

Last week, I discovered that Google Drive (Docs, Slides, Drawing, and Sheets) all support the insertion of alternative text for images. Alternative text is an accessible design feature that provides alternative text for images. This is a critical for people with low vision or blindness who access the internet via a screen reader. It is also useful when your internet is slow because alternative text is faster to load and will display before the image loads. I have done my best to consistently use alt img tags on this site but had NO IDEA this feature was available in Google Drive. It only makes sense to also add alternative text to Google Drive files and what a great #CreateAccessibility lesson for students along with digital literacy.

How to add Alternative Text to Images in Google Docs, Slides, and Drawing.Insert your desired image.Click on your image.Format > Alt Text (all the way on the bottom of the format menu)Add your Alternative Text in the Description Box Click OK How to add…

Edit Existing YouTube Auto-generated Captions

If you have existing YouTube content with auto-generated captions and wish to create accessibility by editing the mistakes, omissions, and other errors, this post is for you. Before you get started, thank you!!! Thank you for being part of the solution to creating a more accessible internet. Depending on the amount of YouTube content you have, this prospect can seem daunting and overwhelming to ensure all your content is accessible. Please remember, Rome wasn't built in a day and the internet isn't going to become an accessible place overnight. We all do our part and learn how to do better one step at a time. I hope this post helps provide guidance on beginning the process of captioning YouTube content with existing auto-generated captions.

Prioritizing what to Caption.Keeping in mind that Rome wasn't built in a day, here's my recommendations.

Start with your shortest video to learn the process. Your shortest video will provide a training ground to learn the process wit…