Category Archives: Educational Text Services

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Remote CART at 25th Annual VOICE Conference in Guelph, Ontario

Remote CART services will be provided by IR Broadcast Captioning at the 25th Annual VOICE Conference in Guelph, Ontario on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

Remote CART Services for hard of hearing and deaf students in classroom settings.How will this benefit attendees? By providing live Remote CART Services, everyone in attendance will be able to read what is being said, allowing full access for all attendees.  CART Services will be provided in the main meeting area for the plenary sessions and also the breakout rooms.

In addition to those in attending, IR will be providing specific access for those who want to be able to view the CART services remotely. To coordinate this, please contact the conference coordinator and they will ensure you are on the list to receive viewing access to the sessions and access the live streaming CART on your own device.

IR Broadcast Captioning has been providing Remote CART Services to educational and corporate clients across North America since 1992. To learn more send us a message and we will be happy to provide further information on our services.


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CACUSS Conference 2016

This year the CACUSS Conference goes to Winnipeg, and so does IR Broadcast Captioning, IR. From June 19 to 22, 2016, the conference brings together individuals who work in Canadian post-secondary institutions in student affairs and services.  The overall purpose of attending this conference is to help those at the institutions go back and be able to provide enhanced services to the students they serve.

This is also key for IR. As a service provider for students with hearing impairments, introducing attendees to just how simple Remote CART and Classroom Captioning is will be the main focus for our team. One of the biggest issues facing disability offices today is the lack of interpreters that are readily available.  In major centres this may be less of an issue, but smaller centres find it very difficult to provide services to students that require an interpreter. The second thing to consider is not every student uses a sign language interpreter, specifically late-deafened students.

That’s where IR’s Remote CART and Classroom Captioning is very beneficial. Being remote, we can easily provide easily manageable solutions for Disability Offices in ensuring the needs of the student are met.

If you are in Winnipeg for CACUSS, stop by and talk to us. If you won’t be attending, contact us and we can let you know how our services can make your planning next semester that much easier.


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What Is Classroom Captioning?

This is our current question from some inquiries that we have had, Just what exactly is classroom captioning?

Simply put, classroom captioning is a realtime text display service that allows deaf or hard-of-hearing students to read what a teacher, instructor, or professor is teaching to the students in a classroom or lecture environment on a laptop or portable device. This allows for the student to participate in the same fashion as every other student in the classroom.

OK, great, but just how does this work? How does this realtime text get put on the screen for the student to read? For that part there are a few options available. The most reliable service in place today is to utilize a trained CART writer to provide this service. A CART writer is a trained court reporter that now specializes in educational or other related areas. CART writers/court reporters can write at speeds over 225 words per minute (wpm) with accuracy of 98.5% for extended periods of time. The average speed of conversation is about 200 wpm, but that can be even quicker in a lot of cases. Having the ability to have someone take down the live conversation at these speeds with only a delay of a few seconds is crucial to a student to follow along at the same pace as everyone else.

Watch our YouTube video to see more on how our Classroom Captioning/Remote CART Services work from start to finish.

So what about voice recognition? Yes, this does exist, but the general translation speed of voice recognition systems in a perfect environment are generally in the range of 175 wpm with a lower accuracy. Another factor with voice recognition is how quick the realtime is displayed for the user. Doing the simple math, if a professor is talking at 225 wpm and the voice recognition software is delivering text at 175 wpm, over time you will have more and more lag and delay to what the student is reading – not good! Also, keep in mind this speed is attained in a controlled environment with perfect audio levels, trained recognition software, and no external noise. And, when was the last time that you had this happen in a classroom? Rarely…

Which leads us back to why a CART writer is your best option for classroom captioning. Having a real person taking down the instruction of a teacher and filtering out background noise to deliver only what the student needs to hear is the most important part to providing reliable and consistent services to the end user. No other service available today can provide the level of accuracy, quality, and reliability as Remote CART Services. And, the option of having the text of the file delivered to the student after their class is an added bonus. This allows the realtime text file that they just viewed to be part of their notes for review and study purposes.

Learn more about the Classroom Captioning and Remote CART Services by contacting us for a live demonstration or to discuss the exact details of your service requirements.