In June of 2000, a three year, $2.1 million PT3 ( www.pt3.org ) Catalyst grant (“Crossing the Realities Divide: Preservice Teachers as 'Change Agents' for the Field of Deaf Education") ( www.deafed.net ) was awarded to the Association of College Educators – Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing (ACE-D/HH) ( www.acedhh.org/ ).
Note: Gallaudet Professor Dr. Donna Mertens serves as the Evaluator for this grant.
… your conference packet includes a poster and brochure from the ACE-D/HH grant.
The essential purpose of the Deaf Education Catalyst grant (www.deafed.net) was to enhance the use of computer based, Internet linked technologies within the nation’s 70 Deaf Education teacher preparation programs.
This enhancement was designed to accomplish three essential goals:
To establish local, regional and national on-line collaborative networks of Deaf Education college professors, their preservice teaches, existing teaches and parents of d/hh students.
To use the resulting networks to support and recognize the preparation of technologically proficient teaches of d/hh students.
To sustain the impact of the grant through the incorporation of ISTE technology standards for new teachers into the national standards for the preparation of teachers of the deaf via their acceptance by the Council on the Education of the Deaf (CED
Particularly noteworthy elements of the Deaf Education Web site ( www.deafed.net ) are:
4,300+ of the registrants are parents of d/hh children;
680+ deafness related jobs and 140+ resumes have been posted to the Web site;
The “Best of the Web” national competition for preservice teachers of d/hh students has been established
A system of “Cyber Mentors” has been established
A series of “Topical Teams of Experts” have been established…
Note: Gallaudet Professors Dr. Tom Jones & Dr. Marilyn Sass-Leher lead two of these topical teams
A “DeafWebNet” search engine has been established
A “Virtual Professional Development Network” is now being developed in FL, SC, OK and KY with more than 75 existing teachers of d/hh students who were specifically selected for their instructional and technological effectiveness…
Note: this network is investigating the use of NetTrecker ( www.nettrecker.com ) for curricular enhancement and Lectora ( www.trivantis.com ) for on-line course development.
In collaboration with Dr. David Martin, a pilot investigation has been carried out concerning the use of H323 based video conferencing technologies to enhance collaborative activities within Deaf Education.
Within that pilot investigation, the Deaf Education PT3 Catalyst grant ( www.deafed.net ) has purchased, distributed and provided technical assistance for the use of:
54 Polycom ViaVideo systems,
4 Polycom ViewStations 128 systems &
1 Polycom FX ViewStation.
Note: ReviewVideo, Polycom’s largest distributor, has established a special price list for Deaf Education.
The systems are now being used by both deaf and hearing individuals in 21 states and the District of Columbia.
Note: the Deaf Ed. PT3 Catalyst grant has sufficient funds to provide a Polycom ViaVideo system to each full/part-time faculty member within the nation’s Deaf Education teacher preparation programs. Tom…..
A Proposed Internet2, H323 Deaf Education Network
To date, the PT3 Deaf Education Catalyst grant (www.deafed.net) has established an extensive on-line community of learners for the nation’s 70 Deaf Education teacher preparation programs, faculty and preservice teachers.
The grant has also piloted the use of H323 technologies to enhance collaborative activities and the preparation of preservice teachers of d/hh students.
The intent is now to expand the grant’s current on-line community of learners and H323 network to include the use of Internet2 with the entire Deaf Education community.
Please share with us how you are now using the H323 technology.
Please share with us the problems that you have encountered and the solutions that have developed.
We will develop a bulletin board on the Deaf Education Web Site ( www.deafed.net ) so that the shared information can read by all.
We will also work with you to find common solutions to common problems.
Let us " Join Together ” to achieve the common goal of enhancing teaching and learning within Deaf Education.
Let us “ Join Together ” to lead the nation in a demonstration of how the effective and innovative use of computer based, Internet linked technologies can be used to establish a “virtual” community of learners.
Let us “ Join Together ” to reduce isolation and increase resources for us all.