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ERIC Number: EJ1064213
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-1544-6751
Developing ASL Text in the Bilingual Classroom
Baer, Joey; Osbrink, Rory
Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, v16 p20-25 2015
Deaf students are visual learners, and technology should be part of every bilingual classroom. However, deaf students need to learn to manipulate the hardware and software that allows them to express themselves and to advance their knowledge. Students need to understand what is meant when they are referred to "ASL text" or "video-text." They need to understand how to effectively express American Sign Language (ASL) and capture it on video, and they need to understand that these ASL presentations can require the same intensive care and attention as any printed work. While the field of ASL publication is still new to K-12 education, this article describes a six-step look at how to use video to develop students' skills in technology and narrative along with improving their understanding and use of ASL by: (1) defining the purpose; (2) discussing the content; (3) identifying the audience; (4) planning a format; (5) following the "text development" process; and (6) evaluation. Additional pointers are provided for helping students to create better quality video-texts. Of course, all of this technological support cannot be achieved without professional development with experts who know how to use the technology in a way that best benefits Deaf learners. Training needs to be allocated for updates in current software, locating quality resources, creating videos, categorizing and tagging videos, and identifying and recording new bilingual strategies. With technology, advancements in bilingualism and in deaf education can provide complete access for Deaf students.
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center. Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue NE, KS 3600, Washington, DC 20002. Tel: 800-526-9105; Tel: 202-651-5340; Fax: 202-651-5708; e-mail:; Web site:
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Language: English
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