Homeschooling due to coronavirus – suggested resources from BATOD members and others
Thank you to BATOD members for the resources and/or signposting to resources to support parents and colleagues during the unique period.
CALL Scotland has put together a short list of suggestions for Complex Needs Home Learning Resources. They note “it is not an exhaustive list of what’s out there by any means, but it includes some starter resources and ideas for learning at home over the coming weeks”. https://www.callscotland.org.uk/blog/complex-needs-home-learning-resources/
CODA UK & Ireland
Link to a wealth of websites signposted by CODA UK & Ireland
Ian Noon, from the National Deaf Children’s Society, has made the following comments about some of the software which might be in use:
In terms of accessibility for deaf students, my understanding is that it depends on the software being used
Microsoft Teams/Google Hangouts – both have speech recognition software which can provide live subtitles. As you can guess, the quality of these subtitles is likely to vary depending on the quality of sound and accents
Zoom – a remote STTR or BSL interpreter or CSW can join the call alongside the teacher. Zoom provides some flexibility, I think, on what you see – i.e. you can choose to have a full screen view of just one person, or you can have a ‘gallery’ view of everyone on the call. The STTR text can also appear on screen. The main issue here is around who will pay for any communication support beyond that normally provided.
Frank Barnes School is providing BSL stories via Vimeo. Here is an example:
The videos are subtitled.
Inferential reading in BSL
Jamie Dow, a deaf teacher from St Roch’s HS in Glasgow has kindly shared his BSL teaching resource on inferential reading as he is an English teacher working with deaf pupils.
He has created this video in BSL about Coronavirus. https://www.youtube.com/embed/zYftZeftmZQ
You can use dictation instead of your keyboard to enter text with many apps and features that use the keyboard on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Central Institute for the Deaf – Quick tips library
Central Institute for the Deaf (CID) “offer educational opportunities and resources for children and families as well as professionals (deaf education and general education teachers, speech-language pathologists, auditory-verbal therapists, audiologists, program administrators and others).”
CID’s Quick Tip video series is a collection of videos offering relevant, easy-to-use information for anyone who supports a child with hearing loss. Each video is only 2-3 minutes long. https://cid.edu/professionals/quick-tip-videos/