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  • Screen capture of the DCMP video player. In the center is a captioned video showing the earth as a globe. On the right side are buttons to access the captions transcript, captions and description, English or Spanish. On the left is the interface for searc

    Interactive Transcript Tool: New and Awesome!

    Locating Concepts or Segments in DCMP Videos

    DCMP is very excited to announce that it has developed a new interactive transcript tool that can be used with several thousand titles in our collection. Users can search the captions (transcript) to quickly locate a specific concept, and then with one click can jump to that point in the video to view the segment. Or, because video titles and even catalog descriptions do not tell users everything that is included in a 30 minute production, the new DCMP tool also allows you to scroll through the transcript.

    This tool will be of benefit to everyone! This includes those who are blind or visually impaired who may not be users of captions but can still utilize the search.

    Titles that include an interactive transcript will show a “Transcript” option to the right of the video window. Clicking “On” (see No. 1 in the graphic above) will activate the transcript, and it will be shown to the left and will begin scrolling as you view the video. The active caption is highlighted (see No. 2). Users themselves can scroll up or down to move through the transcript. Clicking on a block of text will cause the player to jump to that portion of the video.

    Users can search the transcript for a specific word or topic (see No. 3). Once a search is performed, each instance that matches the search term will be highlighted. The user can use the “next” and “previous” arrows to jump to the instances of the term. Clicking on the text will cause the player to jump to that portion of the video.

    Transcripts are available for a number of bilingual (English and Spanish) titles, and these transcripts automatically adjust when switching between languages. Controls to switch between available language and accessibility options are also to the right of the video window (See No. 4).

    In addition to the several thousand titles that are available today with interactive transcript, we will include transcripts for all new titles. Also, as time permits we will not only add transcripts for older titles but will also explore providing transcripts of description scripts.

    Please watch this short DCMP-produced video demonstration of the new feature, and begin using interactive transcripts today!

  • A young Revolutionary War soldier looks worried as he walks across camp in the darkness.

    Revolutionary War Begins (April 19)

    In 1775, with no central government and no organized military, the American Colonies prepared for war against Great Britain. The DCMP can help you organize and prepare for your Revolutionary War class lessons. Students can discover the events that led to the Revolution in The First American Revolution 1750-1789 (Spanish)(Captioned), and see the largest British invasion force until D-Day in America—The Story of Us: Revolution (Described and Captioned).

  • Blue Ribbon with words Stop Child Abuse. Illustration of stained glass window with adult and child holding hands.

    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

    Each year, there are nearly 3 million reports of child abuse and neglect, and we know that child abuse cases are vastly underreported.
    Importantly, research establishes that the risk of violence to children with disabilities is routinely 3 to 4 times higher than that of non-disabled children. This month offers a powerful opportunity to highlight child abuse facts, explain the importance of reporting child abuse, encourage community involvement, and support abused children. DCMP has terrific resources for your use.

    » Child Abuse and Neglect Flyer [PDF]

    » Tip Sheet: What Should You Do if Your Deaf or Hard of Hearing Child is Bullied?

    » Tip Sheet: What Should You Do if Your Blind or Visually Impaired Child is Bullied?

    Also, check out the Child Welfare Information Gateway and the 2014 Prevention Resource Guide from the Children's Bureau on child abuse and neglect.

  • Two young girls in a field are planting a tree

    National Arbor Day - April 25

    On Arbor Day, people are encouraged to plant and care for trees. Use our accessible media to support your study and appreciation of trees, nature, and the spring.

    Spring explores the features of spring, focusing on the unique habits of plants, animals, and people during this season. Additional concepts and terminology: season, sunlight, warmth, hibernation, migration, revolution, axis, and equinox.

    Plants is part of the "Branches on the Tree of Life" series. It uses crisp graphic animation to describe the molecular-level mechanisms of photosynthesis. Examples of this critical element of plant biology include the major plant groups of mosses, liverworts, ferns, horsetails, and the seed plants (gymnosperms and flowering plants). Accessibility options on the DVD are: (1) expanded description, (2) English subtitles in a black box, (3) subtitled description.

    Protists examines the environments and structures of different kinds of protists. Some act like plants (Euglena, algae, diatoms, volvox), some like animals (amoebas, ciliates, parameciums, zooflagellates), and some like fungi (slime mold).

    The Six Kingdom Classification: Part 1, Animals, Plants, & Fungi presents a brief history of what new information caused the classification of living things to evolve from the original two kingdom classification of animals and plants by Linnaeus in the 18th century to the present-day six kingdoms: Animal, Plant, Fungi, Protista, Eubacteria, and Archaebacteria.

New Media Releases

  • Image from Boom and Bust: Who Can Explain the Business Cycle?

    Boom and Bust: Who Can Explain the Business Cycle? - 2012 - 29 minutes

    Part of the “Economics USA” series. The nation's cycles of economic booms and busts were considered intrinsically capitalistic by Joseph Schumpeter who called them "methodic economic growth," and by Karl Marx who lambasted capitalism as inherently flawed. John Maynard Keynes held that recessions depended on the balance of aggregate demand and aggregate supply. Economist Hyman Minsky provided an explanation for the Great Recession of the 21st Century with his theory that the financial system plays a role in economic cycles.

  • Image from Fiscal Policy: Can We Control the Economy?

    Fiscal Policy: Can We Control the Economy? - 2012 - 29 minutes

    Part of the “Economics USA” series. In 1954, relying on "automatic stabilizers," President Dwight Eisenhower withheld raising taxes in order to encourage consumer spending. In the 1960s, newly-elected John F. Kennedy and economic advisor Walter Heller pushed Congress to approve a $12 billion tax cut stimulus. The Employment Act of 1946 was the first time that government tried to employ fiscal policy. But, by 2010 economists disagreed about whether fiscal policy was dead, as they argued over the success or failure of President Obama’s stimulus plan. These stories are all examples of how government attempts to fine-tune tax and spending policies to reduce the severity of business-cycle fluctuations.

  • Image from International Trade: For Whose Benefit?

    International Trade: For Whose Benefit? - 2012 - 29 minutes

    Part of the “Economics USA” series. The U.S. auto industry lost a lot of mileage in 1973 with the rise of the more efficient Japanese imports. In the 1970s, the "trigger/price mechanism" was developed in order to differentiate between fair and unfair trade practices. Debate over the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) included accusations that American jobs would suffer and American firms would relocate south of the border. Others insisted that increased trade would create new American jobs and industries. These stories illustrate the pros and cons of free trade.

  • Image from Profits and Interest: How Do You Get the Best Return?

    Profits and Interest: How Do You Get the Best Return? - 2012 - 29 minutes

    Part of the “Economics USA” series. In response to rising interest rates in the 1970s, the Maryland legislature raised usury ceilings so that more home loans would be available. Also, in December of 1980, Apple Computers went public, affirming four years of hard work with substantial compensation for its founders. Finally, pharmaceutical companies invest millions in bringing new drugs to market. How much profit do they get in return? These stories exhibit economic reasons for interest payments and how investments in facilities and equipment are related to interest rates and expected profits on investment.

  • Image from Drive Thru History: Philadelphia & the Founding Fathers

    Drive Thru History: Philadelphia & the Founding Fathers - 2007 - 26 minutes

    Host Dave Stotts tours historic locations in Philadelphia recalling battles of the American Revolution and the lives of the Founding Fathers who attended the Constitutional Conventions held there. He spends some time at Franklin House where he reviews the biography of the great statesmen and inventor. Locations, such as the American Philosophical Society, Declaration House, and Carpenter's Hall bring to mind the writing of the Declaration of Independence and the American Constitution. Dave also recalls the history of the Liberty Bell, the design of the Great Seal, and the establishment of the American bald eagle as a symbol of the United States and its freedoms.

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