Thursday, August 16, 2012

Visual Learning for Hearing Impaired

As the awareness of the effectiveness of Visual Learning has grown, and the significant benefits of online educational video have become more widely accepted and understood, the availability and the amount of online educational video has started to increase.

However with the exception of one company, the needs of the hearing impaired child or student appear to have been largely ignored and forgotten.

While this may not have been deliberate, the fact remains that this has largely come about because the majority of so-called educational video available online, is film footage that was original recorded for other uses including general TV distribution, and was not developed specifically for the teaching of the school curriculum.

This means, simply because those videos may be of a general educational nature, does not mean that they adequately meet the requirements of the curriculum standards.

Zane Education however has taken a totally different approach, and as a result has a developed an online educational video library of over 1,500 online videos covering 11 school subjects and 240 topics specifically for the teaching of the curriculum.

They also have had the foresight to provide children with as many learning style options as possible, by adding subtitles to all of their videos.

In other words children with hearing impairments can now also enjoy the significant benefits of online educational video.

The issue of Dyslexia, there are those that would speculate that learning by using video rather than the use of textbooks, means that children’s reading skills will suffer.

Obviously with the addition of subtitles that is not necessarily the case. In fact a future article to be released in the next week will demonstrate and explain precisely, how video subtitles can be used to rapidly increase a child’s reading skills.

Research carried out by the Availll Institute over the last 5 years has demonstrated the link between the use of subtitles on video, and the improvement in children’s reading skills.

Unlike the child with special needs, the hearing impaired student will not require the attention of a parent, teacher or specialised tutor to make full use, and receive the full benefit’s from Zane Education’s comprehensive online educational video library.

They will be able to work on their on quite comfortably, and upon the completion of each topic, they will then be able to take full advantage of another of the significant features of Zane Education’s website.

Not only does Zane provide the use of educational video, they also support each of the 260 curriculum topics by providing online testing for each of those topics.

Interactive multiple-choice K12 curriculum quizzes containing a total of over 23,000 questions help to continue the learning process by revealing to the child not only whether their selected answer was correct or incorrect, in addition a further explanation is provided as to why the child’s answer was right or wrong. Hence the learning process continues.

So in many ways this approach to providing subtitles on each video removes virtually any distinction between the needs of the hearing impaired student and their peers, whether it is in the classroom or in the homeschool environment.

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