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Videoconferencing in Deaf Education

Time 09/21/05 10:30AM-11:45AM

Session Abstract

Tutoring and Mentoring Deaf Students Via Videoconferencing
Local and Federal mandates such as No Child Left Behind have dramatically increased the need for after-school tutoring and support programs for students. At the same time, schools and programs serving deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) students face a shortage of trained and qualified professionals. This translates into a shortage of qualified staff with content knowledge and proficiency in sign language to provide this mandated, after-school support.


The Delaware School for the Deaf (DSD) shares the common problem facing schools that serve the D/HH population. D/HH teacher training programs in other states were seen as a potential pool of tutors but only if the interactions could take place without the need for travel. Fortunately, videoconferencing technologies provide the means of adequately transmitting the subtleties of sign language and lip reading, particularly when the Abilene network is extended to K12 institutions.


This presentation provides an overview and live demonstration of DSD's collaborative partnerships with teacher preparation programs at University of Tulsa and Valdosta State University. The collaboration has provided valuable, hands-on experience for teachers-in-training as well as valuable tutoring and mentoring to DSD students.


Classrooms as Learning Portals: A Virtual Professional Development Network for K-20 Deaf Education


The primary problem of students who are deaf/hard-of-hearing (d/hh) is not too little hearing, but too much isolation from peers, meaningful learning opportunities and high expectations for academic performance.


The primary problem of PK-12 deaf education teachers is not too little
effort, but too much difficulty in collaborating with peers, in sharing effective instructional practices and accessing needed learning
resources. The primary problem of deaf education teacher preparation is not too little innovation, but too much theory that is not grounded in the day-to-day instructional practices of the nation's most effective
teachers (i.e., Master Teachers) of students who are d/hh.

This presentation will describe how the field of deaf education is addressing the problems of isolation, collaboration and grounding through the development and use of a virtual professional development school for PK-20 deaf education.

Speakers

Speaker Melinda Rittenhouse Delaware School for the Deaf

Speaker Sharon Baker University of Tulsa

Speaker Greg Forte University of Delaware

Speaker Dick Sacher University of Delaware

Speaker Harold Johnson Kent State University

Presentation Media

Secondary tracks Teaching and Learning/K20

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