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  • Two skydivers leap from a small airplane. Words: Science Out Loud.

    MIT's Science Out Loud

    Science Out Loud is an original web series hosted and co-written by MIT students on everything from the physics of skydiving to knitting a Mobius scarf (Grades 9-12).

  • Round shapes with the covers of each book.

    Weston Woods' audiovisual adaptations bring outstanding children's picture books to life, and DCMP’s description and captions help make them accessible. Supertruck, The Very First Thanksgiving Day, Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs, and Hi! Fly Guy (Grades 1-4), and Grace for President (Grades 4-6).

  • A girl wearing glasses and a ponytail sits at a desk with a refreshable Braille display.

    Benefits of Audio Description in Education

    Congratulations to the 2017 BADIE (Benefits of Audio Description in Education) award winners! These prize-winning students watched educational videos with description soundtracks and submitted a review of their experiences to the American Council for the Blind's Audio Description Project. Thanks to all the students and teachers who participated! All winners are announced in our March newsletter.

New Media Releases

  • Image from Internet Research: What's Credible?

    Internet Research: What's Credible? - 2015 - 29 minutes

    On the Internet, it’s incredibly easy to research a topic with a few simple keystrokes. But it’s also incredibly easy to end up with unreliable and non-credible information that makes research efforts fruitless. With an overwhelming abundance of options after doing an Internet search, how can one tell which results are reliable? Viewers learn strategies for narrowing down results and honing in on credible sources of information online. A special section on one of today’s most popular research sites, Wikipedia, investigates whether it’s trustworthy or not for academic or professional use.

  • Image from Digital Communication Skills: Do's and Don'ts

    Digital Communication Skills: Do's and Don'ts - 2015 - 28 minutes

    Digital technology has transformed communication. But in formal situations like work or school, which forms of communications are appropriate, and when? Viewers may be surprised to discover that communicating isn’t just about sharing information, but it’s also about creating it. Experts provide important points on what one should do when it comes to emailing, texting, video-conferencing, and using the phone for business calls or voice mail.

  • Image from The Secret Life of Books: Frankenstein

    The Secret Life of Books: Frankenstein - 2014 - 30 minutes

    Seeking to better understand Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," author and anatomist Professor Alice Roberts returns to the original manuscript and traces the story of Shelley's life. She finds someone concerned with the very act of creation itself, discovers clues of another writer's influence, and examines the influence of Shelley's parents. Professor Roberts shows that the ideas informing "Frankenstein" make the novel much more than a simple horror story. Shelley's account does deal in death, but ultimately it provokes questions about how to live. Part of "The Secret Life of Books" series.

  • Image from The Secret Life of Books: Mrs. Dalloway

    The Secret Life of Books: Mrs. Dalloway - - 30 minutes

    Award-winning writer Alexandra Harris shows how Virginia Woolf's classic "Mrs. Dalloway" completely re-imagined what a novel might be and pioneers a flowing stream of consciousness style. Using original manuscripts, diaries, and notebooks, Harris argues that the novel also allowed Woolf to creatively channel her own mental illness into the character of Septimus Smith, and in so doing, helped keep herself sane. Part of "The Secret Life of Books" series.

  • Image from The Secret Life of Books: Great Expectations

    The Secret Life of Books: Great Expectations - 2014 - 30 minutes

    Television scriptwriter Tony Jordan examines Charles Dickens's novel "Great Expectations." He visits the Kent marshes of Dickens's childhood and the museum that houses Dickens's original manuscript. During his travels, he discusses the edited ending of "Great Expectations" with Dr. Holly Furneaux. At Gad's Hill Place where Dickens lived in 1856, they discuss the hidden affair that may have influenced the tragic tone and edited ending of his famous novel. Part of "The Secret Life of Books" series.

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