Take Teaching to the Next Level Where Microscope and Mouse Meet Connecting to a Global Community of Educators Matt’s Media Tips 2-6 What did you say? Closed Captioning on the iPad? The other day I was asked to present to a group of educators and administrators in Fairfax County, VA. This group wanted to know how they could get Discovery Education closed captioned videos to play on their iPads. The night before my presentation I searched every nook and cranny of the internet to find an answer. I went deep into forums, read many different blogs, and even explored iTunes U. But alas all I could find was that iPads will only play “Open Captions,” and not “Closed Captioned videos. It turns out that Closed Captions are an entirely different type of technology and are not supported on iPads. Or at least that’s what “they” said. On a whim I decided to see if there was a VLC media player iPad app. And low and behold there was. But my excitement was soon tempered when I found out that this particular app did not do what I needed it to do. However, just before I threw in the towel, I saw an app that caught my eye. And I am so glad I did. The AvplayerHD app was the answer that I had been searching for. It is $2.99 and well worth the price. I love this app. Not only will it play Discovery Education Closed Captioned videos, it also converts ANY - that’s right I said any - file for you. And it does it with out synching or using iTunes to convert for you. In a manner of seconds you can wirelessly upload .WMV, .ASF, .MOV, .MPEG4, .SMI (Closed Captioned) files. Pretty cool right? That’s not all. You can also swipe your finger and slow down or speed up the speech...and the text! You can change the color of the video to black and white or sepia although I’m not sure why you’d want to do that. Finally you can also change the TV output to 640 x 480, 1024 x 768, 1280 x 720, or 1920 x 1080.