I recently had the pleasure of attending a webinar called “Introducing Accessible Peep and the Big Wide World.” The webinar focused on an accessible video collection for young learners with visual impairments. The webinar also highlighted strategies for using captions on video content to aid hearing impaired learners, ESL, as well as students with learning difficulties.
Here is a little about the show from their website:
The animated series Peep and the Big Wide World gives wings to the innovative idea of teaching science and math to preschoolers. Wry and distinctive visual humor, charming plotlines, and lovable characters combine with a comprehensive science program to attract and engage kids three to five years old.
Set in and around a pond, a bush, and a tin can, the show follows a newly hatched chicken named Peep, and his friends Chirp and Quack (a robin and a duck), on their daily adventures. Surrounding them is a large urban park — a place of great wonder and mystery, a place they are forever eager to explore, a place they call "the big wide world."
Each half-hour episode contains two stories which highlight specific science concepts, plus two live-action shorts presenting real kids playing and experimenting with these concepts in their own big wide worlds.
Peep and the Big Wide World is a funny, engaging series that celebrates being curious, being adventurous, and, for at least one character, being a duck.”
The following video is from the “Peep and the Big Wide World” Youtube channel.
The Watchamcallit described video below.
Here is the Playlist for their descriptive videos (Youtube).
There are resources for educators on their website.
I allowed one of my high school students with a visual impairment the chance to watch the “The Whatchamacallit (with video description)” video on Youtube. She mentioned that she did like the fact that the video was described so that she could follow along a lot better. She said that she appreciates descriptive videos in general because she feels like she misses out on a lot of what is going on in a movie or video.
Described Video Resources
There are other services offering descriptive videos or editing features for visually impaired viewers such as the ones listed in the following posts:
- Free Accessible Educational Videos that are Captioned and Described! post
- YouDescribe iOS App post
- YouDescribe: Creating Audio Described YouTube videos post
- How to Add Quality Captions to YouTube Videos post
Please leave a comment below if you know of any other descriptive video websites that our students with visual impairments can access.