Accessible Video at NFB.CA

So I followed a Tweet from Ruben Puentedura today. Ruben suggested visiting the National Film Board of Canada for a break from work. I’m always game for a distraction when working from home, so I clicked on that tinyurl.

NFB hosts intriguing short films from a wide range of genres, languages, titles, and decades. But what caught my eye immediately was the Accessibility link front and center at the top of every page. What’s more, the NFB Web site is fully accessible, to the extent of explaining how to access the site using a number of alternative methods, such as keyboard only and other “mouse-less” moves.

I grinned from ear to ear as I browsed the selection of videos that are closed captioned and/or video described. Of course, I would have been jumping for joy had the entire collection been accessible, but it’s always encouraging to discover even semi repositories of multimedia that meet the needs and preferences of diverse learners.

Although a collection of Canadian productions, and therefore most typically relevant to the history and events of our northern neighbors, the films are multiple and varied and have application across the content areas. According to the site, the films are free of charge only for individual home use. A one-year subscription for a teacher is $19.95 (~$17.72 USD if my converter is right).

Here’s a sample from It’s a clever animated short film titled, “The Girl Who Hated Books,” and might serve as a lure for reluctant readers. To turn on closed captions, choose the CC icon in the control bar (it looks like an ear).


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