Principal uses closed caption for literacy
Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 6:00 pm
MEMPHIS (AP) — Memphis elementary school principal Raychellet Williamson is using television to teach literacy — closed caption television that is.
Children at Williamson’s Shannon Elementary will be watching 60 minutes of closed caption TV a day over the holiday break.
Every child is expected to bring documentation, signed by a parent, of their closed caption use.
Williamson told The Commercial Appeal (http://bit.ly/10aPk3f) she got the idea from a Kent State University literacy professor Tim Rasinski.
Rasinski said closed captioning is a way for children to see more words in print. Every time they see a word, it gets imprinted in their memories.
Eventually it becomes a word they recognize immediately.
Williamson started promoting closed caption TV in November and some students say they already have seen an improvement in their reading.
Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com
Published in The Messenger 12.26.12