As an extension to the C-Print
captioning trial undertaken in term 4, 2014, VDEI is again trialling the use of
C-Print captioning in schools. This trial with students in years 10, 11 and 12
will further investigate the implementation of the program. It will also
provide further information on the characteristics of students who most benefit
from captioning as well as information that should be communicated to schools
to optimally prepare them to use captioning services. An evaluation of
the trial will add to findings from the use of real-time captioning in schools
and the benefits of captioning in the classroom. There are four schools participating in the
trial in 2015.
What is C-Print?
C‐Print is a speech‐to‐text
captioning technology and service that is used as communication access support
for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing. It was developed at the
National Technical Institute for the Deaf, a College of Rochester Institute of
Technology. The basis of C‐Print is printed text of spoken
English displayed in real time. C-Print services can be provided in the
classroom or from a remote location. The C-Print system can operate from laptop to
laptop, laptop to computer monitor, laptop to smartphone or laptop to tablet.
is a keyboard based system in which a trained service provider produces
captions using a standard keyboard. The captionist uses computerized
abbreviations which are primarily based on phonetics rules but also include
full words. Captionists do not have to memorize all the
abbreviations in the system. They learn a set of phonetic rules that are
applied to English words in the system’s dictionary. The software allows
for the abbreviation to appear as a full word on the student’s screen.
C-Print captionist is trained to include as much information as
possible, generally providing a meaning-for-meaning translation of the spoken
English content. Training includes strategies for eliminating redundancies,
identifying the most salient points, listening actively and condensing and
organising information, as well as using phonetic based abbreviation software.
Is C-Print the same as real-time captioning?
provides a verbatim transcript of the lesson as it is happening. C-Print is a
meaning-for-meaning translation where the captionist uses text-condensing
strategies rather than providing a verbatim transcription. Each method can be
used with other accommodations required by the student, with the translation
providing access to information during classes and the notes being available to
be used afterwards for revision, review and as a focus for teaching.
of C-Print abbreviations:
25th August 2014
An example of how C-Print uses a meaning-for-meaning transcript:
25th August 2014