Last quarter I visited a very inspiring School for the Deaf, where I demonstrated some of the ways in which Clicker can be used to support its learners.
Students at this school are between 12 and 18 years old and around 80% of them are profoundly deaf, with very few using cochlear implants.
For those students whose deafness preceded their language development, the acquisition of language is particularly challenging. Making the link between how a word (or letter) looks and how it sounds is a major issue, and there will often be language and vocabulary delay.
Signing is a very different and less sophisticated language and it can be especially difficult to learn the rules of grammar. A Clicker resource such as the one below can provide valuable support, with tabs offering words for each part of the sentence:
Learning that adding an ‘s’ to a word makes it plural can also be very difficult. I showed how an activity like this can be made – and personalized – quickly and easily:
I also created this very simple resource which allows learners to record themselves adding the ‘s’ sound:
In addition to showing how the use of instant pictures in the document and predictor can provide pictorial cues for the meaning of words, I demonstrated different ways of using British Sign Language symbols with Clicker:
...and how the school could also use its own pictures of students, staff, or the school environment with Clicker to make learning really personalized and engaging.
If you would like to organize a Clicker demonstration tailored to the particular needs and learning objectives of your students, please do get in touch!