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Many schools use videos and subtitling but The City of Norwich School is a pioneer in sharing online resources with schools across the English speaking world.

ClickView Online resources can be accessed at home or school, at any time, on any device including Smartphones iPads and tablets. It offers access to thousands of videos from educational providers such as National Geographic, the ability to record from Freeview channels and the opportunity for teachers to post materials such as videos of experiments, sports activities or interactive whiteboard activities. Children and their parents can then access these at home. Best of all these materials are stored in a secure online bank so children are protected from online predators.

The City of Norwich School has over 1750 pupils including a 6th form department. The school has a SEND department and a separate Hearing Impairment Unit which has about 20 pupils. Some of these will need one to one support as they have very low literacy skills. This is very common among children who cannot hear language and so do not develop the phonic or syntactical skills which hearing children pick up in their early years.

Neil Carpenter, Senior ICT Technician at City of Norwich School, has been working with ClickView for several years and was keen to look at ways of using video with deaf learners. Often a teacher would be showing a video -for example something about Brazil in geography- and there would be a signer at the front next to the screen signing for those pupils who use British Sign Language.

However, not all children with hearing impairment are signers and this could be distracting for other learners so he started to look at transcribing videos.

This has many advantages. Pupils can print it out and read it before the lesson so they can see what is happening without thinking so much about the words, children can access the material at home and work at their own pace. Neil has transcribed 65 videos so far and has involved some of the sixth formers in the process, 'We have two young people with hearing impairments in the sixth form so other students are aware of some of the problems they face. Many of our sixth formers do some form of voluntary (Community) work and this means they can offer very practical assistance to other pupils in the school.'

But one school can only do so much, so Neil has been posting his transcriptions on the ClickView Exchange an online area where teachers share resources and recordings. Now transcriptions from The City of Norwich School can benefit English speaking hearing impaired pupils everywhere.


ClickView offers many benefits for pupils with special needs:

• It makes learning easier

• It provides a secure environment

• It meets the needs of all children including those who are not at their most productive during daylight hours

• Teachers can use a flip camera or iPhone to record what is happening and then upload it to a secure environment where parents can see it at their leisure

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