I teach American Sign Language (ASL) to Deaf students in Fremont, California. My school fully supports a bilingual approach for both ASL and English. However, while on the school campus, students communicate primarily with ASL.
Some students are local, but many live far away and have to board at school for the week.
Students are here from kindergarten until they have graduated high school. Other students transfer from mainstream or regular schools into our school and take formal ASL lessons, not aware of how sophisticated a language ASL is.
Most of the teachers on the school campus are also Deaf. We also have hearing administrators, teachers and staff who use ASL at all times.
The goal is for students to graduate with a strong education, good experience, and the ability to thrive and succeed in the world.
Our high school department has 12 Mac Computers for American Sign Language classes. This class uses the computers for video assignments and projects which are a crucial part of their grade.
The high school department desperately needs a digital camera with built-in video to provide better video quality.
Our class has a green screen backdrop and two Soft box studio light stands within ASL classes. I have proposed that the HS ASL classes use a portion of the classroom as a small studio for individual projects. There are approximately five ASL classes each semester full of students who would benefit from the equipment.
The purchase of a digital camera will provide students with independence in creating film projects, video presentations and other activities within the classroom.
Students will use the Film Studio room for projects such as Gallaudet ASL Literacy Competition, annual ASL Festival, and other events. All of these items will belong to that ASL Class for their needs.
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