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Ga etc 2010 virtual sign dictionary
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Ga etc 2010 virtual sign dictionary
Ga etc 2010 virtual sign dictionary
Ga etc 2010 virtual sign dictionary
Ga etc 2010 virtual sign dictionary
Ga etc 2010 virtual sign dictionary
Ga etc 2010 virtual sign dictionary
Ga etc 2010 virtual sign dictionary
Ga etc 2010 virtual sign dictionary
Ga etc 2010 virtual sign dictionary
Ga etc 2010 virtual sign dictionary
Ga etc 2010 virtual sign dictionary
Ga etc 2010 virtual sign dictionary
Ga etc 2010 virtual sign dictionary
Ga etc 2010 virtual sign dictionary
Ga etc 2010 virtual sign dictionary
Ga etc 2010 virtual sign dictionary
Ga etc 2010 virtual sign dictionary
Ga etc 2010 virtual sign dictionary
Ga etc 2010 virtual sign dictionary
Ga etc 2010 virtual sign dictionary
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Presentation for November, 2010 Georgia Educational Technology Conference (GaETC) describing a collaborative project of Key Elementary School Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program: a sign language dictionary …

Presentation for November, 2010 Georgia Educational Technology Conference (GaETC) describing a collaborative project of Key Elementary School Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program: a sign language dictionary tied to Georgia Performance Standards.

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  • Welcome!

    I’m Laurie Grant - Teacher of Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Special Ed Lead Teacher @ Key Elementary.

    And I’m Emily Whiteside – Speech/Language Pathologist (SLP). Laurie and I have worked together for about 15 years.

    We’re going to share our Low-Cost/ No-Cost Web Video project – a technology solution to an instructional problem at our school.

    You will notice a title change from what we advertised – Web Video is a better description of our product.
  • We invite you to jump in with your own ideas, thoughts, comments about common problems and solutions unique to your setting at any point along the way. We will also answer questions at the end of the presentation.

    We will

    Describe the learning problem facing us;
    Present our proposed solution and the process used to create it;
    Demonstrate the product; and
    Provide some tips to help you create your own product
  • School Profile

    Key Elementary is a small, high poverty K-5 Title 1 school (350 students) in a big school district (Muscogee County).

    We have a high percentage of transient students (About 25%) and English Language Learners ( 8%).

    We are also a Cornerstone Literacy school with high expectations for students. We consistently make Adequate Yearly Progress.

    But, most significantly, we are home to the Deaf/Hard of Hearing program in MCSD.
  • Who are we? Program

    Full-time Staff includes:
    4 Deaf Education Teachers
    1 Speech/Language Pathologist
    1 Sign Language Interpreter
    1 Sign Language Technician
    1 Substitute Sign Language Interpreter
    Also have an audiologist, OT, and PT

    Classroom Arrangements
    5 Co-taught classes – teachers are spread out on two hall-ways
    1 Full-time Pull-out class

    Because of co-teaching, schedules are rigid – no time for coordination during the day.

    Special Equipment to enhance Communication
    Carpet or rugs over tile
    Tennis balls on chair/table legs
    Sound Treated HVAC systems
    Sound Field Systems
    And
    Personal FM systems for students






  • WHO are our Students?

    13 Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students – KDG – 5th

    HETEROGENOUS GROUP

    degree of loss -- range from mild (1) to Profound. Most in the severe to profound group
    types of loss – sensory neural, conductive, mixed, and auditory neuropathy
    Coexisting conditions: Treacher Collins, Smith Magenis Syndrome, Autism, Cognitive Impairments, Cerebral Palsy
    Amplification Type (personal hearing aid, FM system, cochlear implants)
    Communication Type - 75% rely on sign language; others use speech

    Needs
    Language Proficiency and Literacy
    18 months language age in kindergarten – a very rough average.
    Continue with a language deficit throughout their time with us – all areas of language (grammar, vocabulary, phonology)
    Vocabulary skill is a particularly critical area for success in school.
    The average reading grade level for deaf adults is 4th grade.

    Interaction and Instruction in their primary language
    75 % of our students depend upon a visual language -- sign language-- to communicate adequately.
    Those who do not use sign language as a primary language, use it for clarification.
    90% live with families who are not proficient in sign language

    Summary – Our students:
    Can’t communicate well with parents, peers, faculty;
    Can’t understand the language of the curriculum;




    Sign language is visual, not alphabetic. Cannot be written. Requires communicators to be face-face or to use video.
    .



  • 10%
    Have functional signing skills

    50%
    Report that they have a sign language Dictionary at home, but that they have difficulty finding academic vocabulary signs in it.

    90% report that they
    High-speed Internet
    Need help learning ASL
    Would use a Website for academic vocabulary several times a week if they had it available to them.




    WHAT WOULD YOUR FAMILIES TELL YOU? HAVE YOU ASKED?
  • Read comments ? OR let audience read it.

    Parents
    Can’t communicate adequately with their children for activities of daily living or for supporting academics.
    Because they don’t know sign language.
  • THINK OF YOUR AUDIENCE,

    THEIR CHARACTERISTICS,

    THEIR INTERESTS,

    THEIR NEEDS.
  • Students
    Can’t communicate well with parents, peers, faculty
    Can’t understand the language of the curriculum
    Most of our students need sign language to learn.
    Our students need to know basic vocabulary and academic vocabulary.

    Parents
    Most of our parents don’t know sign language.
    Can’t communicate adequately with their children for activities of daily living or for supporting academics.
    Our parents need to have access to signs for the vocabulary of the school and help for supporting their students with homework.

    Faculty
    Even with online sign dictionaries, there is little out there for finding signs for academic vocabulary. Most of it must be fingerspelled or invented.
    Faculty members do not always use the same signs for words, especially for academic signs.
    As with spoken languages, signs have regional variations (similar to dialects).
    Unlike other languages, because sign language is visual, not alphabetic, when one of us needs to know a sign, we require face-face or video communication.
    We don’t have any planning time during the school day and have not been able to find a consistent, mutually agreeable time to collaborate after school. Furlough days have not helped.
    Our faculty needed a method for determining mutually acceptable academic signs and an efficient way to remember and share those signs with students, teachers, parents.



    We had identified the problem years ago, but had trouble executing a solution.
  • IDENTIFIED BARRIERS

    Budget – no money for materials and little available for academic vocabulary. Can’t pay someone to develop specialized vocabulary resource

    Language – No ASL signs for some academic words. Parents and reg. ed teachers don’t know signs. DHH faculty may use different signs.

    Time – too many demands already. Not enough planning time for synchronous work.

    Motivation – some have become complacent and have not sustained initial expressed interest.

    Filtering Policy – district Net police shut us down

    Access – poor language skills; lack of sign language instruction; academic words w/out signs

    WHAT ARE YOUR ROADBLOCKS?
  • DESIGN
    We knew that we needed:
     
    To Collaborate to
    Decide upon signs
    Store signs

    To Differentiate instruction
    kid-friendly definitions,
    conceptually accurate graphics
    in child’s primary language
    of carefully selected academic vocabulary words

    To Communicate
    Visually
    Across time, space, and modality (asynchronous in two languages)
    to share between faculty, students, families

    Requirements
    Quick
    Easy
    Free
    Accessible on school Internet service
    Allow us some control over editing

    COULD A WIKI WORK FOR YOU? WOULD A WEBSITE OR BLOG BE A BETTER CHOICE?
  • Georgia Performance Standards guided our selection.

    Our familiarity with the students’ language levels and the nature of normal language development has helped us to carefully select vocabulary to target.

    Unlike other aspects of language which mature at around 8 years of age, semantics (vocabulary) develops over a lifetime. These students need to know everything. We knew that we had to be strategic about what words we selected.

    Borrowing from the work of Beck, McKeown & Kucan (2002)
    we looked for words that:

    are important to the curriculum

    have utility or versatility for other subjects or situations,

    have instructional potential (usefulness), and

    whose concepts can be adequately communicated (difficulty of some abstract concepts).

    WHAT KNOWLEDGE BASE DO YOU NEED TO CONSULT? WHAT ARE YOUR AREAS OF STRENGTH THAT YOU CAN SHARE?
  • Systems Design – our plan of action

    We thought that we would progress this way:

    1- Use Video collaboration to work out uniform signs for academic vocabulary (raw video sharing using a private wiki and an in-house podcast site)

    2- Create signed videos of vocabulary words and their definitions

    3- Collaborate on an online repository for the vocabulary
    (an online multimedia dictionary with GPS alignment)

    4- Stream the video to the repository using Video Streaming site

    5- Also hoped to Involve students in production

    In practicality, the video collaboration to work out uniform signs was too cumbersome. A lot of work.

    We decided to go “low-tech”: walk next door or across the room to get a sign. This is not as desirable as two people are deciding the sign.

    BEFORE YOU DEVELOP HAVE A PLAN.
  • DEMONSTRATION OF PRODUCT

    This is very much a “living dictionary” – a work in progress.
    It is evolving as we work on it.
    We’ve added GPS alignment, links to related games, videos, and other resources.

    But its primary purpose remains constant:

    share uniform signs for academic vocabulary with students, parents, and faculty
    provide a kid-friendly definition with an image.

    Go LIVE!!
    HOME:
    describe attributes
    MENU (always available)

    AROUND --
    PENNY
    CHASE
    CLIMATE
    CONCLUDE
    COASTAL PLAIN

    Describe menu
    Dictionary pages A-Z – always accessible
    I need a sign -- DHH faculty use -- intention: request a sign for a word.
    Vocabulary to Add – DHH faculty use-- used as a que line for vocabulary to Pre-teach
    To Do - Webmaster use – organizes what needs to be done
    GPS – Reg. Ed/DHH faculty use – at-a-glance view of vocabulary by standard
    Resources – website resources/ vocabulary resources
    Contact Us – email link


    TIME FOR SOME FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT
    DO YOU LIKE THE FORMAT?
    ARRANGEMENT?
    NAVIGATION?
    COLORS?

    WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE
  • Development of the product…

    We’ll do a walk through of the basic components.
  • DEVELOPMENT – Technology Components

    CONSULT YOUR BASE: KNOWLEDGE BASE
    Georgia Performance Standards
    Text Books and Sites
    Peers
    Create a knowledge database
    WHO/WHAT IS YOUR BASE?
     
    BORROW WHAT YOU NEED -- Photo Sharing
    Flickr.com, Wikimedia Commons, USA.gov , friends, _____
    Create a file for images within your master project file
    Search by concept (“dark” – night) , word, or example (a specific kind of mammal).
    Search by licensing – Creative Commons- Share and share alike; commercial use
    Be sure to record sources and links for crediting.
    CAN YOU THINK OF OTHER SOURCES.
     
    CREATE Video
    Windows Movie Maker (XP or Vista) or Windows Live Movie Maker (7) or iMovie
    Create files within master project file for photo, audio, and video subfiles.
    DON’T MOVE THEM.
    Use Audacity to create and edit audio files –
    Export them to the Movie Maker.
    Use PowerPoint to create title screens and graphics. (Save as png, gif, or jpg)
    Import audio, video, and image files to WMM.
    Use subtitle overlays to add captioning.
     
    SHARE THE LOAD with colleagues
    PBWiki or Wikispaces
    Request Content (I Need a Sign)
    Store Content (Images, definitions, Standards, Resources, Links)
    Request Help (To Do)
    Organize Tasks (To Do)
    Comment (Discussion Tabs)
    Tag Pages
    WHAT OTHER WAYS COULD YOU USE THE WIKI FOR
    COLLABORATION, COMMUNICATION, DIFFERENTIATION
     
    SHARE WITH THE WORLD – Stream Video to your wiki
    Consider Pros/Cons of various services
    Vimeo
    YouTube
    Teacher Tube
    In-house
     
    Open Account
    Upload
    Select Widget
    Copy/Paste Embed Code
  • Pause!

    Tap Dance. Tell about plans for disimination (WKEY, other MCSD schools)

  • Transcript

    • 1. For Communication, Collaboration, and Differentiation Laurie Grant & EmilyWhiteside Muscogee County School District
    • 2.  Problem  Solution and process  Demo  HowTo
    • 3. I need to know common words that are used in daily life. It helps to have someone visually do the sign for the word. I need to know “how to communicate with my child.” I need more than a Website to help me. I don’t have transportation to attend a sign language class.
    • 4. parentsfacultystudents
    • 5. BudgetFiltering PolicyMotivationTimeLanguageAccess
    • 6. Wiki! CollaborateCommunicateDifferentiate
    • 7. Georgia Performance Standards Language Expertise Vocabulary Selection
    • 8. Georgia Performance Standards ForVocabulary • MCSD Podcast Site SigningVideo Collaboration • Windows Movie Maker Video Definitions • Wiki Web Repository • Teacher Tube Video Streaming But don’t forget to K.I.S.S.
    • 9. CollaborativeOn-line Space 1 2 3 4 5
    • 10. Knowledge Base Photo Sharing Video Production Wiki Video Streaming Flickr.com USA.gov Wikimedia Commons Microsoft Windows Movie Maker Wikispaces PBWorks TeacherTube MCSD Podcast Vimeo Georgia Performance Standards
    • 11. http://keysigndictionary.wikispaces.com/
    • 12. Cell phone Dave on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/49392213@N00/5094020069/sizes/z/ Jump In Abnel Gonzalez http://www.flickr.com/photos/abnelgonzalez/2058764760/ Road Block Mark Robinson http://www.flickr.com/photos/66176388@N00/4203093585/sizes/z/in/photostream/ Road Map WoodleyWonderWorks http://www.flickr.com/photos/wwworks/2942950081/sizes/z/in/photostream/ Aha! FarleyJ http://www.flickr.com/photos/farleyj/2768941171/sizes/z/in/photostream/ Questions? Merlijn Hoek http://www.flickr.com/photos/merlijnhoek/2841785343/sizes/z/

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