A key strategy of VDEI is to ensure that deaf and hard of hearing students can access classroom curriculum using various technologies.
VDEI is pleased to announce the undertaking of a real-time captioning in classrooms pilot with the aim of improving secondary deaf students' access to learning material, classroom dialogue and activities, thereby promoting full inclusion and enhancing student outcomes.
Stage 1 of the project commenced in Term 2, with Ai-Media providing a live captioning service to middle and senior secondary students at the Victorian College for the Deaf and Forest Hills Deaf Facility until the end of the year.
A second stage of the pilot will commence with other government secondary deaf facilities in terms 3 to 4 in 2011 and Terms 1 and 2 in 2012.
How does live captioning work? A teacher in a classroom wears a lapel microphone. Through the microphone, the teacher's speech is relayed over the internet to a remote captioner. The captioner respeaks what the teacher says into software that instantaneously translates it into text. The captions are then transmitted over the internet back to the classroom to the deaf student's laptop. The student receives the text as captions on their laptop within seconds.
If you are interested in participating in the live captioning program, please contact Victorian Deaf Education Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org