ClassHook Introduces Highly Requested Profanity Skipping Tool
Teachers spoke and ClassHook listened. ClassHook is an amazing tool that all teachers should be familiar with. It allows teachers to incorporate video clips from tv and movies into their instruction and lessons.
If you are a child of the 70s, 80s or 90s you probably remember movies and videos in school being either filmstrips or films that came in a can. Most of them boring, narrated picture shows or cartoons shown to 9th graders that wouldn’t even capture the attention of a five year old. If you thought you had a short attention span, chances are your students are even shorter.
In this world of cord cutting, many of your students probably don’t even have cable tv, yet they consume up to 50x more media than we did as kids. They’re inundated with media, video, movies and tv shows everywhere they turn.
ClassHook realized that these students, growing up in a world surrounded by media, would naturally respond better, and be more engaged if contemporary, mainstream video was incorporated into lessons. There are a couple of problems with that. First the content, there’s so much of it. It would be impossible for a teacher to curate all the video in the world to find that perfect video to add to a lesson.The next big issue for using mainstream, contemporary video in the classroom is securing the rights to it. Finally, there’s filtering. Many video clips that teachers want to show to students have profanity in them.
When ClassHook debuted they had an easy answer for the first two issues facing teachers wanting to show contemporary content in their classrooms. ClassHook has curated a collection of relevant content that students are familiar with. In curating that collection they also handled the rights to the content so that schools/teachers that join ClassHook don’t have to worry about paying fees for showing content. It’s all part of the ClassHook platform.
The third one, profanity, was a challenge. Until now. There are a lot of good, relevant, movie clips out there that have some profanity in them. Even if you have the best permission letter for your parents, you’re always going to have one or two parents that think you’re the worst teacher in the world because you want to show their child something that may say bullshit or ass in it.
When ClassHook debuted they made sure to have a setting where teachers could peruse their collection without any profanity in it. This setting populates titles that have absolutely zero profanity. If you take that filter setting off, there’s a lot more content available. So their team went to work to try and find a way to open up the entire library to teachers, without profanity. Aside from editing thousands of works that wasn’t possible, until now.
Late last week ClassHook announced a new profanity skipping feature. This feature allows teachers to select to skip profanity and by utilizing subtitles ClassHook finds the swear words in the material about 2 seconds before they happen and then skips it ahead one extra second so that when your students watch this clap (using ClassHook) the profanity is skipper. Problem solved.
Creating this feature was no easy task, but it further manifests ClassHooks commitment to teachers and education and shows that students are their most important end users. They aren’t just a curated media locker dressed up for education.