"Turn on the subtitles, Ms. Olague!"

I clicked on the "CC" button underneath the YouTube video, and the closed-captioning appeared at the bottom of the screen. Suddenly, all my students were looking at the screen with wide eyes, eager to watch the video. In my first-grade classroom, a third of my students were learning English as a second language. Though my English learners were the initial reason I starting using closed-captioning on videos, I soon realized that students with special needs also benefited. As a public school teacher, I had to constantly evaluate how my teaching practices and materials could better...

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  • About the Author:

    Danise Olague is a M.A. candidate in the policy, organization, and leadership studies program at the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. Prior to graduate school, Olague lived in New Hampshire where she was a consultant for ClassDojo, worked at Dartmouth College with a college access program and with Dartmouth College’s Student Accessibility Services Office. She also taught first grade in both New Hampshire and California.