My deaf students need 2 desktop computers for research, project-based learning, creating visual resources, and enhancing language learning.
Silenthands should never be silent. I teach high school aged deaf and hard of hearing students. These students have severe language deficits that hinder their ability to learn in traditional ways. As a teacher, I spend countless hours searching for visuals, resources, and materials to help overcome the language deficits while preparing them for life after high school. Some of them will go on to college; some will not. However, they all deserve the right to an education that gives them all the advantages afforded to any other student.
I currently have 2 computers in the classroom. Sometimes they work; most times they do not. In a school of almost 3000 students, our IT expert has little time to maintain the computers in my room of 16 students. It isn't as though he hasn't tried. He has so many pressing issues that he is unable to devote time to my needs alone. I understand that. However, time for my students is precious. Every day without technology is another day without the type of instruction research says is the most effective for their learning.
My students need technology. They need access to resources to support their learning. I have been given some incredible in-service trainings on using technology in the classroom. I have seen the power of using this technology with students. I have obtained real growth for my students through the use of technology. The use of technology takes away at least one barrier they face on a daily basis. Technology closes the communication gap, builds language skills, supports language learning, and eases some of the stress involved from having language deficits. Having a computer in my classroom for each of the students will allow them to focus on what they need to become successful, productive adults.
My guess is you are thinking, "Another teacher who wants computers..." and it's true. However, research supports the use of technology for deaf and hard of hearing students. My students have such high potential if only we can unlock the barriers holding them back. You can be the key to unlocking a world of "silence". Silenthands should never be silent. In my classroom those hands have plenty to say. Help them say it.
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