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Opening Ceremony (M830A)

E. William Clymer
Chairperson, NTID Symposium
PEN-International, NTID,RIT

Email: ewcncp@rit.edu
James J. DeCaro, Professor and Director, PEN-International, NTID, RIT
T. Alan Hurwitz, President NTID; Vice President and Dean, RIT

Monday, 6/23/08 -- 8:30 AM
Location: LBJ [60] PANARA THEATRE

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Technology and Deaf Education: Needs and Opportunities for Technology Infusion (M9A)

Dr. Robert Frisina
Director
International Center for Hearing and Speech Research, RIT,NTID

Email:

Monday, 6/23/08 -- 9:00 AM
Location: LBJ [60] PANARA THEATRE

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Type: Plenary    Audience: All

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Robert Frisina is a professor of communication sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology's (RIT) National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID). Dr. Frisina will provide his perspective on the use of instructional and access technologies within deaf education. He holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He holds the Ph.D. in Audiology and Psychology. He was Director of the Hearing and Speech Center at Gallaudet University as well as Dean of its Graduate School. He is the founding director of NTID. Most recently, he is the founding director of the International Center for Hearing and Speech Research.


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The Use of Communication Technology by Deaf People in Greece (M10B)

Venetta Lampropoulou
Professor
University of Patras

Email: vxlpen@ntid.rit.edu
Suzana Padeliadu, University of Thessaly
Kika Hajikakou , Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus

Monday, 6/23/08 -- 10:00 AM
Location: SDC [55] 1300

Strand: Access Technology
Type: Formal    Audience: All

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Despite the fact that Deaf people can use a variety of communication technology tools to communicate with each other and the wider world, little is published about how these tools are utilized and to what extent. The purpose of this study was to examine the types and kinds of usages Deaf people make using different communication technologies such as cell(mobile)phones, textphones, faxes, e-mail, video telephones, etc., in Greece.


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Building a Community of ASL Signers with VoiceThread (M10C)

Rosemary A. Stifter
Coordinator of Educational Technology
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center

Email: rosemary.stifter@gallaudet.edu
Julie Longson, Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center

Monday, 6/23/08 -- 10:00 AM
Location: SDC [55] 1310

Strand: Using Technology to Support Learning
Type: Formal    Audience: All

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Video Web blogs are very popular in the deaf community. With VoiceThread, a Web-based collaborative network, users can upload video and leave video comments. How can this new exciting online technology benefit deaf students? This presentation will demonstrate how the Clerc Center uses VoiceThread as an instructional tool with deaf students.


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Transforming Deaf Education in India Through the Use of Technology: Possibilities and Challenges (M10D)

Ila Parasnis
Professor
RIT/NTID

Email: impncr@rit.edu
R. Rangasayee, Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped

Monday, 6/23/08 -- 10:00 AM
Location: LBJ [60] 2590

Strand: Using Technology to Support Learning
Type: Formal    Audience: All

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We will discuss the challenges India faces in providing deaf people access to education within its multilingual society and the exciting possibilities that technological advances offer to transform deaf education in India. In particular we will focus on captioning, sign language interpreting, and Internet availability.


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Meaning-for-Meaning Speech-to-Text Services: A Better Understanding (M10E)

Cindy Camp
PEPNet South Outreach Specialist for LA & TX
Jacksonville State University

Email: ccamp@jsu.edu
Pam Francis, RIT/NTID

Monday, 6/23/08 -- 10:00 AM
Location: LBJ [60] 3237

Strand: Using Technology to Support Learning
Type: Formal    Audience: All

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Speech-to-text support services are growing rapidly in popularity and use. While it is easy for most people to envision what a verbatim class transcript includes, many people do not know or understand what a meaning-for-meaning transcript includes. A common misconception about meaning-for-meaning transcription is that it's a summary or dumbing down of the message. In reality, a meaning-for-meaning transcript contains a concise and thorough message, richly detailed and in full English grammar. This presentation will describe the process and product of meaning-for-meaning speech-to-text services, as well as examine methods to quantitatively analyze the completeness, accuracy, and readability of a resulting transcript.


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Providing Access in Web Conferencing Systems (M11B)

Jeremiah Parry-Hill
Assistant Director, Online Learning
RIT

Email: jlpetc@rit.edu
Pamela Francis, RIT/NTID

Monday, 6/23/08 -- 11:00 AM
Location: SDC [55] 1300

Strand: Using Technology to Support Learning
Type: Formal    Audience: Postsecondary

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This presentation provides a history of Rochester Institute of Technology Online Learning's accessibility strategy with Adobe Connect, including a demonstration of real-time captioning using a custom extension to display C-Print in live Web meetings. Recommendations and effective practices for faculty and staff to consider when using real-time Web technologies will be shared.


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Enhancing Interaction Between Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, and Hearing Students Through Blended Learning (M11C)

Michael Starenko
Instructional Designer, Online Learning Department
Rochester Institute of Technology

Email: mssetc@rit.edu

Monday, 6/23/08 -- 11:00 AM
Location: SDC [55] 1310

Strand: Online Learning
Type: Formal    Audience: All

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Blended learning merges classroom instruction with online interaction using text-based discussion boards. Communication access is enhanced in blended courses, it is proposed, because online discussion boards allow deaf and hard-of-hearing students to interact directly with their peers in written English-inside and outside of class-without messages going through a third party.


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Artificial Representations of Sign Language to Access Information: How Effective are They? (M11D)

Saduf Naqvi
Ph. D. Student
Goldsmiths College, University of London

Email: s.naqvi@gold.ac.uk

Monday, 6/23/08 -- 11:00 AM
Location: LBJ [60] 2590

Strand: Using Technology to Support Learning
Type: Formal    Audience: All

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This paper provides a study that compares the effectiveness and perception of different artificial representations of sign language (identified as animation, notation and video systems) by the Deaf community. The research was conducted in order to understand the benefits and drawbacks of these systems, and to identify what it is that determines a system's level of success over another, despite their varied technical abilities.


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Wireless Emergency Communications: Accessible Alerts for People with Disabilities (M11E)

Helena Mitchell
Executive Director, Center for Advanced Communications Policy and Wireless RERC, Wireless Emergency Communications, Project Director
Georgia Institute of Technology

Email: helena.mitchell@cacp.gatech.edu

Monday, 6/23/08 -- 11:00 AM
Location: LBJ [60] 3237

Strand: Access Technology
Type: Formal    Audience: Postsecondary

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The safety of people with disabilities is often disproportionately compromised during emergencies. As more people with disabilities use wireless devices, it is important to ensure the devices have accessible formats. This presentation discusses emergency messaging techniques to disseminate accessible emergency alerts, warnings and information in a timely manner.


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High Frequency of Online Interaction Correlates to Classroom Satisfaction in Mainstreamed Classes (M1B)

James Mallory
Professor
RIT/NTID

Email: jrmnet@rit.edu
Richard Fasse, Ed. D., Rochester Institute of Technology
Gary L. Long, Ph. D., RIT/NTID
Michael Starenko, Rochester Institute of Technology

Monday, 6/23/08 -- 1:00 PM
Location: SDC [55] 1300

Strand: Online Learning
Type: Formal    Audience: Postsecondary

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The Online Learning Department at RIT is collaborating with NTID to study various components of mainstreamed online and blended learning courses. One significant discovery has been that the increase in frequency of online interactions levels the playing field and increases satisfaction, especially among deaf and hard-of-hearing students.


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Learning Computer with Virtual Sign Animated Pedagogic Agents (M1C)

Benjaporn Saksiri
Assistant Professor
Ratchasuda College, Mahidol University

Email: rsbss@mahidol.ac.th

Monday, 6/23/08 -- 1:00 PM
Location: SDC [55] 1310

Strand: Using Technology to Support Learning
Type: Formal    Audience: Postsecondary

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This paper illustrates the use of Virtual Sign Animated Pedagogic Agents (VSAPAs) in providing the concept of Computers and Communication advice in response to D/HH students' activities in computer-based learning. It gives a detailed discussion of the techniques involved and their development. The learning environment with VSAPA will be illustrated during the presentation.


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Creating English-to-ASL Translation Using PowerPoint (M1D)

Sara Hansen
Teacher
Metro Deaf School

Email: shansen@metrodeafschool.org

Monday, 6/23/08 -- 1:00 PM
Location: LBJ [60] 2590

Strand: Using Technology to Support Learning
Type: Formal    Audience: PreK - High School

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Learn how to create links from an English text to videos and pictures of its ASL translation! This workshop will guide you through a simple process that finally gives visual learners similar access to print as auditory learners have in resources like audio books. You will be able to take video or picture clips of words, phrases or full texts of ASL and hyperlink them to a text that has been scanned or typed into PowerPoint. A similar technique using the SMARTnotebook program will also be briefly introduced.


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Video, Video Everywhere...Using Video in Teaching (M1E)

Simon Ting
Instructional Developer
RIT/NTID

Email: sktedr@rit.edu
Cathy Clarke, Rochester Institute of Technology

Monday, 6/23/08 -- 1:00 PM
Location: LBJ [60] 3237

Strand: Using Technology to Support Learning
Type: Formal    Audience: Postsecondary

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With the proliferation of digital video, demonstrated by the runaway popularity of YouTube, the medium will increasingly become an essential part of a teacher's toolbox. This presentation takes a fresh look at the role of digital video in teaching and learning and at new techniques to utilize the medium in the classroom.


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Focusing on Differences between the Grammar Structure of English and Czech in the Process of Teaching Czech Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing University Students (M2B)

Marie Dolezalová
English teacher of the Deaf
Charles University in Prague

Email: dolezalova.marie@gmail.com; marie.dolezalova@ff.cuni.cz
Jakub Janák, Charles University in Prague

Monday, 6/23/08 -- 2:00 PM
Location: SDC [55] 1300

Strand: Using Technology to Support Learning
Type: Formal    Audience: Postsecondary

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How can deaf and hard-of-hearing Czech university and college students best acquire knowledge of English language? Is there any universal way to teach students around the world? This paper will look at how tertiary level hearing impaired students can improve their English language skills by using different learning methods and latest technologies. The presentation focuses mainly on teaching English sentence structure to hard-of-hearing students and its proper use.


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RIDBC Teleschool: Innovation in Remote Service Delivery (M2C)

Melissa McCarthy
Manager, RIDBC Teleschool
Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children

Email: melissa.mccarthy@ridbc.org.au
Ronnie Lam, Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children

Monday, 6/23/08 -- 2:00 PM
Location: SDC [55] 1310

Strand: Online Learning
Type: Formal    Audience: PreK - High School

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RIDBC Teleschool uses videoconferencing and digital media technologies to provide educational services to deaf and hard-of-hearing children living in remote areas of Australia. Videoconferencing is supported by the in-house production of innovative multimedia instructional resources. The use of videoconferencing, portable media programs, and Web-based resources will be demonstrated.


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Developing a Bilingual Online Glossary of Science Signs: An Evaluation (M2D)

Rachel O'Neill
Lecturer in deaf education
University of Edinburgh

Email: rachel.oneill@ed.ac.uk
Gary Quinn, Heriot Watt University

Monday, 6/23/08 -- 2:00 PM
Location: LBJ [60] 2590

Strand: Online Learning
Type: Formal    Audience: All

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During 2007 a Deaf project team based at the Scottish Sensory Centre worked to find 250 signs for scientific terms used in schools. We will examine the linguistic processes that occurred as we agreed on signs, and assess the educational impact of the project, drawing on evidence from deaf school pupils, teachers of deaf children and educational interpreters.


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Using Clickers to Enhance Student Learning and Engagement (M2E)

Hope Williams
Instructional Technology Specialist
RIT/NTID

Email: hope.williams@rit.edu
Charlotte L.V. Thoms, Rochester Institute of Technology, National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Michael Kane, Rochester Institute of Technology, National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Monday, 6/23/08 -- 2:00 PM
Location: LBJ [60] 3237

Strand: Using Technology to Support Learning
Type: Formal    Audience: All

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We will explore the use of student response systems (clickers) to enhance learning and engagement. Clickers are remote-controlled keypads that record responses to instructor-posed questions. Results are immediately graphed in PowerPoint. Clickers can be used to gauge student comprehension, conduct quizzes, administer game-based exercises, and facilitate lively discussions.


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A Status Report on the NTID Center for Access Technology (M3PA)

E. William Clymer
Associate Director
RIT/NTID

Email: ewcncp@rit.edu
James J. DeCaro, RIT/NTID

Monday, 6/23/08 -- 3:00 PM
Location: LBJ [060] 2nd FLOOR STREET

Strand: Access Technology
Type: Poster    Audience: All

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The NTID Center on Access Technology was established in 2006 to investigate, evaluate, and report on the most effective and efficient use of access technologies and train individuals in their use in order to accelerate the widespread implementation of best practices within deaf education at the postsecondary level. This presentation will provide a report on progress to date.


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ASL Video Dictionary and Inflection Guide: The Online Version (M3PB)

Geoff Poor
Associate Professor
RIT/NTID

Email: gspncm@rit.edu

Monday, 6/23/08 -- 3:00 PM
Location: LBJ [060] 2nd FLOOR STREET

Strand: Online Learning
Type: Poster    Audience: All

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This demonstration is an opportunity to experience and explore the online version of the American Sign Language Video Dictionary and Inflection Guide. The CD-ROM was published at NTID in 2002, and about 10,000 copies are now in use throughout the US. As a Web application, it is now available to anyone in the world with a broadband Internet connection.


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Thinking on the Internationalization of Network Education for the Deaf (M3PC)

Chunyan Li
Professor
Special Education College of Changchun University

Email: chunyan56@yahoo.com.cn
Fangfang, Special Education College of Changchun University

Monday, 6/23/08 -- 3:00 PM
Location: LBJ [060] 2nd FLOOR STREET

Strand: Online Learning
Type: Poster    Audience: Postsecondary

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This program will talk about the internationalization of network education for the deaf which includes three aspects: 1. Construction of an International Education Teaching Assisted Network System for the Deaf 2. Integration of Classes, Laboratories and Workstations 3. Discussion of Existing Problems.


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Developing a Web-Based Training to Support Learning: A Specialized Course for the Deaf in Korea (M3PD)

Heaeun Choi
KOREA EMPLOYMENT PROMOTION AGENCY FOR THE DISABLED ILSAN VOCATIONAL COMPETENCY DEVELOPMENT CENTER

Email: highwest@kepad.or.kr
JAEGYU JUNG, KOREA EMPLOYMENT PROMOTION AGENCY FOR THE DISABLED ILSAN VOCATIONAL COMPETENCY DEVELOPMENT CENTER

Monday, 6/23/08 -- 3:00 PM
Location: LBJ [060] 2nd FLOOR STREET

Strand: Using Technology to Support Learning
Type: Poster    Audience: Postsecondary

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Korea Employment Promotion Agency for the Disabled (KEPAD) started a course for the deaf, known as Mechatronics, with the support of PEN-International, in 2006. Faculty members developed a Web-Based Training(WBT) system and have been applying it in class along with other teaching materials. This helped maximize the outcome of teaching and learning.


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Games at Kool Kids Sign (M3PE)

Cheryl Briggs
Teacher
Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22

Email: cbriggs@koolkidssign.com

Monday, 6/23/08 -- 3:00 PM
Location: LBJ [060] 2nd FLOOR STREET

Strand: Using Technology to Support Learning
Type: Poster    Audience: PreK - High School

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Koolkidssign.com is a developing Web site for students who are deaf and hard of hearing, their teachers, and their peers. A large component of the Web site is educational games for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. General education teachers looking for information about children who are deaf and hard of hearing will find instructional strategies. There are also lesson plans and step-by-step instructional technology tutorials for both general and deaf education teachers. Under development is a section for hearing students to facilitate communication with signing peers.


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Implementing A Network of Higher Education for Deaf Students via Internet in China (M3PF)

Wang Ai-guo
Professor
Changchun University

Email: wag5678@vip.sina.com
Li Chunlian, Research Center of Special Education, Changchun University, China

Monday, 6/23/08 -- 3:00 PM
Location: LBJ [060] 2nd FLOOR STREET

Strand: Online Learning
Type: Poster    Audience: Postsecondary

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A scheme that realizes a network of higher education for deaf students via the Internet is presented in this paper. It is based on the analysis of Chinese higher education of the deaf in conjunction with the working intention between Changchun University and Juanyi Jin Feng corporation. The blueprint of applying and implementing is given in detail.


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Empowering Deaf Professionals through Video Interpreting (M3PG)

Richard Schatzberg
CEO, General Counsel
Aequus Technologies Corp., Snap!VRS

Email: jrosen@snapvrs.com
Jeff Rosen, Aequus Technologies, Snap!VRS

Monday, 6/23/08 -- 3:00 PM
Location: LBJ [060] 2nd FLOOR STREET

Strand: Access Technology
Type: Poster    Audience: Postsecondary

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Video interpreting has been slower to take root among employers and businesses. Challenges to and opportunities for the use of video phones in the workplace are discussed in this session. Presenters will suggest strategies and future trends in enhancing deaf professionals' use of video relay services and video relay interpreting.


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Applications for Physical World Hyperlinks in Maximizing Membership in the Inclusive Education of Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing (D/HH) Students (M3PH)

Robert Hancock
Assistant Professor
Southeastern Louisiana University

Email: robert.hancock@selu.edu
Becky Sue Parton, Southeastern Louisiana University

Monday, 6/23/08 -- 3:00 PM
Location: LBJ [060] 2nd FLOOR STREET

Strand: Using Technology to Support Learning
Type: Poster    Audience: All

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This paper presents the results of feasibility and efficacy studies of physical world hyperlinking for maximizing membership in the inclusive education of deaf/hard-of-hearing (D/HH) students developed by the authors, where the student uses a cell phone to take a photo of a 2d barcode on a field trip exhibit and the phone's internal software recognizes it and automatically directs the phone's Web browser to the target Web site where the exhibit is detailed in ASL.


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Louisiana Initiative for Technology Exploration with the Deaf (M3PI)

Becky Sue Parton
Assistant Professor
Southeastern Louisiana University

Email: becky.parton@selu.edu
Dr. Robert Hancock, Southeastern Louisiana University

Monday, 6/23/08 -- 3:00 PM
Location: LBJ [060] 2nd FLOOR STREET

Strand: Access Technology
Type: Poster    Audience: All

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This poster session will showcase mobile technologies projects that are being developed and piloted through the Louisiana Initiative for Technology Exploration with the Deaf (LIFTED). Focus is on providing Deaf-friendly, location-relevant multimedia presentations triggered through GPS, 2D barcodes, and/or RFID technologies.


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CART: Global Learning One Word at a Time (M3PJ)

Joe Delulio
Sales Manager
Caption First Inc.

Email: joe.delulio@captionfirst.com

Monday, 6/23/08 -- 3:00 PM
Location: LBJ [060] 2nd FLOOR STREET

Strand: Access Technology
Type: Poster    Audience: All

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CART is a word-for-word translation of the spoken word into written text. Come and learn about the benefits of both onsite and remote CART. You will see a remote CART demonstration and learn the philosophy and technological aspects of getting started. CART is a student success tool...one word at a time.


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Report on PEN-Russia Program (M3PK)

Alexander Stanevsky
Rector
BMSTU

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Monday, 6/23/08 -- 3:00 PM
Location: LBJ [060] 2nd FLOOR STREET

Strand: Using Technology to Support Learning
Type: Poster    Audience: All

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The BMSTU poster session will cover these topics. 1. Accessible environment in professional education of the deaf and hard-of-hearing people at BMSTU. 2. Social rehabilitation of the deaf and hard-of-hearing people in integrated education environment at BMSTU. 3. Global and regional education networking - PEN-International - PEN-Russia - for those person who are deaf and hard of hearing. 4. A future starts today and belongs to all people - different aspects of deaf and hard-of-hearing students' life at BMSTU.


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Technical Signs in Context Program Series (M3PL)

Laura Braggiotti
Sign Language Interpreter
RIT/NTID

Email: ljbdis@rit.edu

Monday, 6/23/08 -- 3:00 PM
Location: LBJ [60] 2nd FLOOR STREET

Strand: Access Technology
Type: Poster    Audience: All

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The purpose of the Technical Signs in Context Program Series project is to increase student success. Technical sign terminology is presented in DVD format embedded in the context of a lecture. Content specific vocabulary and phrasing can be accessed through accompanying links. Users can angle between the signed content and supplementary visual media. Both experienced interpreters and Deaf faculty and staff model sign choices in the context of a technical lecture. Important note: The sign models are not intended to be an exclusive standard of technical sign vocabulary. The project was intended for classroom interpreters to provide them with the skill-building tools necessary to interpret discipline-specific technical terminology and concepts. These technical sign-related resources can also augment faculty/staff sign skills development. Additionally, students can utilize the program to preview and review content material. This current series serves as a prototype. A second series of this project is proposed as follows: Technical Signs in Context: Deaf Professor Lecture Program Series.


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Adapting Tablet PC Technology as a Support for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (T9B)

Lisa Elliot
Sr. Research Scientist
RIT/NTID

Email: lisa.elliot@rit.edu
Michael Stinson, Ph.D., NTID
Anne Alepoudakis, NTID

Tuesday, 6/24/08 -- 9:00 AM
Location: SDC [55] 1300

Strand: Access Technology
Type: Formal    Audience: All

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Speech-to-text systems provide support services to many deaf and hard-of-hearing students in general education classrooms, producing text-only displays. Tablet PC technology expands the capacity of speech-to-text support, providing text and graphical information. This presentation demonstrates C-Print™ tablet software and discusses research trials conducted using the tablet.


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Instructional Software Tool: A Visual Learning Approach to Conceptual Barriers (T9C)

Brian Trager
Faculty
RIT/NTID

Email: bptnbs@rit.edu
Joseph Stanislow, National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Tuesday, 6/24/08 -- 9:00 AM
Location: SDC [55] 1310

Strand: Using Technology to Support Learning
Type: Formal    Audience: Postsecondary

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Core courses that introduce abstract concepts such as programming are challenging to deaf learners. A cognitive connection between the abstract concept and the real world meaning needs to occur for learners to be able to apply what they learn. The focus of this topic is to demonstrate a supplemental software-based instructional tool as an alternative approach to teaching and tutoring complex subjects such as Java. The supplemental was developed toward deaf students to match a visual learning style and attempts to bolster the performance of deaf students in relating abstract concepts to real-world examples. The term deaf will be used to refer to both deaf and hard-of-hearing students.


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Establishing an Infrastructure for a Successful Visual Communication Network (T9D)

David Coco
Outreach Specialist


Email: david.coco@tsd.state.tx.us
Mari Liles, Texas School for the Deaf

Tuesday, 6/24/08 -- 9:00 AM
Location: LBJ [60] 2590

Strand: Access Technology
Type: Formal    Audience: All

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Videophones and Video Relay Service (VRS) open a wide array of opportunities for schools and agencies serving deaf students and consumers. This presentation discusses some of these opportunities and the essential elements of the infrastructure needed for a successful visual communication network. These elements include equipment, training, policies, educational programs, and relationships with providers.


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Vision 3D: Digital Discovery for the Deaf (T9E)

Becky Sue Parton
Assistant Professor
Southeastern Louisiana University

Email: becky.parton@selu.edu
Dr. Robert Hancock, Southeastern Louisiana University

Tuesday, 6/24/08 -- 9:00 AM
Location: LBJ [60] 3237

Strand: Using Technology to Support Learning
Type: Formal    Audience: PreK- High School

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Vision 3D utilizes radio frequency identification (RFID) to provide young Deaf children with exploratory environments that connect digital representations with physical objects. Tagged items are waved by a RFID reader to automatically launch multimedia presentations focused on language acquisition (ASL, contextual videos, and printed English). Session will demonstrate the technology and share pilot study results.


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Using Current Technology to Support and Improve Mathematics Instruction (T9X)
(Part 1 of 2)

Sharron Webster
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
RIT/NTID

Email: smwsdo@rit.edu
Patti Wink & Miriam Santana, RIT/NTID
Vince Daniele, RIT/NTID
Joan Carr, RIT/NTID

Tuesday, 6/24/08 -- 9:00 AM
Location: LBJ [60] 2510

Strand: Using Technology to Support Learning
Type: Formal    Audience: All

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This session will have relevance for middle school through postsecondary educators and administrators. It will include a discussion of the advantages of using a number of technologies to teach mathematics. There will be a demonstration of technologies including Texas Instruments TI-nSpire, SmartView for interactive white boards (SmartBoards), Math Gallery for the SmartBoard, and on-line products such as MathXL that are being used at NTID to teach a wide range of mathematics courses.


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Accessible Media Policies: Creating, Implementing and Sustaining them in Higher Learning Environments (T10B)

Karen Walker
Accessible Media Coordinator
George Brown College

Email: kwalker@georgebrown.ca

Tuesday, 6/24/08 -- 10:00 AM
Location: SDC [55] 1300

Strand: Using Technology to Support Learning
Type: Formal    Audience: Postsecondary

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The historic Accessibility for Ontarians for Disabilities Act was passed into law in June, 2005 and will see the development, implementation and enforcement of accessibility standards in removing and preventing barriers for individuals with disabilities. Societal attitudes have been a leading barrier to achieving equity and inclusion. This new legislation will ultimately lead to a postsecondary environment where the principles of universal design are applied in curriculum planning and delivery. One of the ways that George Brown College in Toronto is responding to the challenges of barrier removal and prevention is by implementing a Captioned Media & E-text Policy. This session will highlight the best practices and strategies integral to this Policy that have been developed to raise the awareness of all faculty and staff with respect to implementing new measures for meeting the accommodations needs of Deaf, Deafened and hard-of-hearing students and students with disabilities.


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Wildcat News 43: Incorporating Technology, Academic ASL and English, and Creative Thinking into the Classroom (T10C)

Rosemary Stifter


Email: rosemary.stifter@gallaudet.edu

Tuesday, 6/24/08 -- 10:00 AM
Location: SDC [55] 1310

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Type: Formal    Audience: PreK - High School

Abstract:

Imagine...a class where technology, academic ASL, literacy, and creative thinking are integrated to create an entertaining, informative, and educational news show that benefits the whole school community. This presentation will discuss how the Wildcat News 43 (WCN43), a weekly news show at Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES), accomplishes that vision.


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Utilizing Lifelike, 3D Animated Signing Avatar Characters for the Instruction of K-12 Deaf Learners (T10D)

Jason Hurdich
Team Leader, Sign Language Projects
Vcom3D, Inc

Email: jasonh@vcom3d.com

Tuesday, 6/24/08 -- 10:00 AM
Location: LBJ [60] 2590

Strand: Using Technology to Support Learning
Type: Formal    Audience: PreK- High School

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Vcom3D, Inc. is a leading research and development company whose focus is on creating tools that make curriculum accessible to Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students in their native language. Recently, we developed a proof-of-concept system for creating and delivering animated stories utilizing 3D avatars that use the full range of facial expressions, nuances and body language of American Sign Language. The presentation will include a demonstration of our current research projects and a discussion of how 3D animated avatars can be easily integrated into curriculums to help reduce the delay in language development that is common among Deaf/HoH students.


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An Analysis of Text Generation and Information Display Methods (T10E)

Peter Lalley
Professor
RIT/NTID

Email: palbgs@rit.edu
Catherine Beaton, RIT, Information Technology Department
Dan Bogaard, RIT, Information Technology Department
Janet MacLeod, NTID

Tuesday, 6/24/08 -- 10:00 AM
Location: LBJ [60] 3237

Strand: Access Technology
Type: Formal    Audience: All

Abstract:

This research project is to evaluate three different speech to text systems: (1) CART; (2) C-Print; and (3) ASR speech-to-text transcription for accuracy in rendering the lecturer's presentation, students' comprehension of lecture content, ease of use from the perspective of presenter and students, and cost benefit of each system. Since the method of displaying information is crucial in the learning process, we are evaluating three methods of presenting text and non-text content in close visual proximity; a heads up display of generated text; a PC-based system allowing text streaming with non-text content, e.g. Powerpoint; and the same composite display projected on a screen.


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Using Current Technology to Support and Improve Mathematics Instruction (T10X)
(Part 2 of 2)

Sharron Webster
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
RIT/NTID

Email: smwsdo@rit.edu
Patti Wink & Miriam Santana, RIT/NTID
Vince Daniele, RIT/NTID
Joan Carr, RIT/NTID

Tuesday, 6/24/08 -- 10:00 AM
Location: LBJ [60] 2510

Strand: Using Technology to Support Learning
Type: Formal    Audience: All

Abstract:

This session will have relevance for middle school through postsecondary educators and administrators. It will include a discussion of the advantages of using a number of technologies to teach mathematics. There will be a demonstration of technologies including Texas Instruments TI-nSpire, SmartView for interactive white boards (SmartBoards), Math Gallery for the SmartBoard, and on-line products such as MathXL that are being used at NTID to teach a wide range of mathematics courses.


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Deaf Students at GSD Benefit From Interactive Technology! (T11B)

Gola Burton
Instructor
Georgia School for the Deaf

Email: gburton@doe.k12.ga.us
Michael Kimbrough, Georgia School for the Deaf

Tuesday, 6/24/08 -- 11:00 AM
Location: SDC [55] 1300

Strand: Assessing the Impact of Technology in Teaching/Learning Process
Type: Formal    Audience: PreK - High School

Abstract:

Eight students reading below grade level receive special language tutoring and improve their vocabulary and reading skills. They progress through a series of ASL/English exercises on the computer that accelerates their language development and provides full documentation of their progress. Students read, write, take ASL comprehension tests and increase English vocabulary using a self tutorial on the computer.


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Signlinking 2.0 (T11C)

Jan Richards
User Interface Design Specialist
University of Toronto

Email: jan.richards@utoronto.ca
Deb Fels, Ryerson University
Jim Hardman, Canadian Hearing Society
George Zamfir & Martin Gerdzhev, Ryerson University

Tuesday, 6/24/08 -- 11:00 AM
Location: SDC [55] 1310

Strand: Access Technology
Type: Formal    Audience: All

Abstract:

A new version of the signlinking technique is available that features fewer files to manage and better performance from the previous version shown at a previous symposium. In addition, Signlink Studio 2.0 is presented in the context of a sign language-based content management/forum tool that has numerous potential educational and Vlog uses.


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Study and Development of Simulation Teaching Platform for Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Students (T11D)

Yao Dengfeng
Instructor
Beijing Union University

Email: yaodengfeng@gmail.com
Han Yumin, Beijing Union University

Tuesday, 6/24/08 -- 11:00 AM
Location: LBJ [60] 2590

Strand: Assessing the Impact of Technology in Teaching/Learning Process
Type: Formal    Audience: All

Abstract:

I will give a formal presentation on Assessing the Impact of Technology in 30 minutes. An additional 10 minutes will be reserved for questions and comments. I want to take this opportunity to meet some specialists in special education. My coordinating presenter Han Yumin will distribute writing materials and give lantern-slide show as an assistant.


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NTID's Sprint Relay Experimental Distance Learning/Access Demonstration Lab: A Catalyst for Innovative Outreach (T11W)

Jeff Porter
Chair, NTID Learning Consortium
RIT/NTID

Email: jepnea@rit.edu
Wes Blue
Mark Sommer

Tuesday, 6/24/08 -- 11:00 AM
Location: LBJ [60] 2470

Strand: Using Technology to Support Learning
Type: Formal    Audience: All

Abstract:

NTID's new Sprint Relay Experimental Distance Learning/Access Demonstration Lab is a resource for experimenting with innovative adaptations of current and emerging technologies in reaching out to remote learners who are deaf and hard of hearing. The presentation includes an overview of the Lab's technological capabilities and demonstration of two works in progress.


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Computer Mediated Communication in the Classroom: Pedagogic Applications of AIM (T11X)

Todd Pagano
Assistant Professor
RIT/NTID

Email: tepnts@rit.edu
LK Quinsland, RIT/NTID
David Templeton, RIT/NTID

Tuesday, 6/24/08 -- 11:00 AM
Location: LBJ [60] 3237

Strand: Using Technology to Support Learning
Type: Formal    Audience: All

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Using laptop computers with participant involvement, presenters will demonstrate establishing and monitoring in-class IM discussion groups, review and assessment sessions and out of class discussion/study groups.


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iTransition--a FREE PEPNet Online Resource! (T1B)

Pat Billies
Associate Director
RIT/NTID

Email: pat.billies@rit.edu

Tuesday, 6/24/08 -- 1:00 PM
Location: SDC [55] 1300

Strand: Online Learning
Type: Formal    Audience: All

Abstract:

Come and experience iTransition: It's All About Me!-- a series of four highly interactive e-Learning modules created by PEPNet to assist students with their successful transition from high school to college. This presentation will give participants an overview of the iTransition curriculum and access to learning objectives, lesson plans, and resource materials for each section.


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Adapting Learning Materials to Support the Language Acquisition of Black Minority Ethnic Deaf Individuals (T1C)

Sadaqat Ali
Ethnic Minorities Liaison Officer
Deafax

Email: sadaqat.uk@gmail.com
Saduf Naqvi, Deafax

Tuesday, 6/24/08 -- 1:00 PM
Location: SDC [55] 1310

Strand: Access Technology
Type: Formal    Audience: All

Abstract:

A challenge facing Black Ethnic Minority (BME) deaf people is developing apt communication skills in order to have access to education. However, the language needs can be complex as they are often using several facets of several languages. With our research we have tried to understand how to approach the learning needs of this particular community type with a design to Deaf friendly material specifically for BME Deaf people.


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Deaf Professionals in Education and Social Services: How the Use of Technologies has Affected Their Career Mobility Experiences - An Anecdotal Study (T1D)

Denise Kavin
Sr. Project Associate
RIT/NTID

Email: dkavin@mail.rit.edu
Kim Broun Kurz, Ph.D.

Tuesday, 6/24/08 -- 1:00 PM
Location: LBJ [60] 2590

Strand: Assessing the Impact of Technology in Teaching/Learning Process
Type: Formal    Audience: Postsecondary

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Eleven deaf and hard-of-hearing professionals in education and social service professions were interviewed about their career mobility experiences. Their stories as deaf professionals navigating the career ladder were gathered and analyzed, and common themes identified in the areas of technology, interpreting, communication, attitudes, educating others, networking, the deaf community, career choices, and strategies for success. This presentation will discuss the findings of this study, with an emphasis on how the use of various technologies has affected their career mobility experiences.


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Multimedia Lessons by the Design Novice: Creating Multimedia Lessons with Web 2.0 Resources (T1E)

Cathy Clarke
Digital Media Specialist
RIT/NTID

Email: clcedr@rit.edu
Simon Ting, Rochester Institute of Technology
Nathan Przybyszewski, Rochester Institute of Technology

Tuesday, 6/24/08 -- 1:00 PM
Location: LBJ [60] 3237

Strand: Using Technology to Support Learning
Type: Formal    Audience: Postsecondary

Abstract:

The two presenters have created scores of multimedia Web sites used to teach deaf students at NTID. They showcase past projects and demonstrate how even teachers who are relative design novices may take advantage of free or almost free Web 2.0 resources and services to create multimedia lessons that engage student interest and promote learning.


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Online Glossary of Art and Design Terminology Utilizing Voice-Interpreted/Captioned Sign Language Videos and Visual Images in a Multimedia Format (T2B)

Paula Grcevic
Associate Professor
RIT/NTID

Email: pagnda@rit.edu
Julie Lindsay, Rochester Institute of Technology
Cathy Clarke, Rochester Institute of Technology
Simon Ting, Rochester Institute of Technology

Tuesday, 6/24/08 -- 2:00 PM
Location: SDC [55] 1300

Strand: Using Technology to Support Learning
Type: Formal    Audience: Postsecondary

Abstract:

The presenters will describe an online art and design project combining voice-interpreted and captioned American Sign Language videos with visual art in a multimedia format to explain technical terms commonly used in instruction on art and design. The resulting product is used by the coordinating presenter as a learning resource in her classes in the Department of Arts & Imaging Studies at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.


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Web-Based Instruction on Solar Eclipse and Lunar Eclipse for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People (T2C)

Paruhut Suphajanya
Lecturer
Ratchasuda College, Mahidol University

Email: paruthas@hotmail.com
Benjaporn Saksiri , Ratchasuda College, Mahidol University

Tuesday, 6/24/08 -- 2:00 PM
Location: SDC [55] 1310

Strand: Online Learning
Type: Formal    Audience: All

Abstract:

The purpose of this study was to develop a Web-based instruction on Solar Eclipse and Lunar Eclipse to meet the perceptive of deaf learners. The researchers analyzed the D/HH problems, studied the content, identified learning objectives and scope of content for five sections. Then the researchers designed and developed a Web site map, a storyboard and did the web programming. The program was tried out twice by means of individual try-out and small-group try-out to find the weak points for revisions. After the completion of the revisions, the program was field tested with a sample of deaf learners at Ratchasuda College, Mahidol University and the deaf at Thailand Association of The Deaf. Learners were asked to study from the program, to practice and to do the tests. A 5 level rating-scale questionnaire was also used to evaluate the deaf attitude. The results of the study were that the multimedia computer Web-based instruction on Solar Eclipse and Lunar Eclipse was developed. It was found that the deaf learners were highly satisfied when studying the lesson on the Web.


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Remedial English Vocabulary and Grammar Software via the Internet (T2D)

Gene Lylak
Professor
RIT/NTID

Email: exlnce@rit.edu
Norm Crozer , Los Angeles Pierce College

Tuesday, 6/24/08 -- 2:00 PM
Location: LBJ [60] 2590

Strand: Online Learning
Type: Formal    Audience: All

Abstract:

Four interactive, on-line computer programs have been developed to provide English instruction for deaf high school and college students. Two programs focus on learning vocabulary while the two others focus on basic and advanced sentence-pattern writing. These programs supply deaf students with immediate on-line feedback and plenty of practice opportunities.


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Technology & Foreign Language Instruction for Deaf Students (T2E)

Stephen Aldersley
Department Chairperson
RIT/NTID

Email: sfance@rit.edu
Hiroko Yamashita, RIT
Kathleen Darroch, RIT/NTID

Tuesday, 6/24/08 -- 2:00 PM
Location: LBJ [60] 3237

Strand: Using Technology to Support Learning
Type: Formal    Audience: All

Abstract:

There is very little information regarding foreign language instruction of deaf students whose first language is either American Sign Language or English. With growing emphasis on a one-world economy, international travel and study abroad, this is an area ripe for investigation and technology-based innovation. After a brief review of the state of the art in mixed (deaf and hearing) foreign language classrooms at RIT, participants will discuss both the challenges involved, and existing and projected approaches to meeting those challenges.


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ASL-STEM Forum (T3PA)

Richard Ladner
Professor
University of Washington

Email: ladner@cs.washington.edu
Daniel Otero, University of Washington
Jessica Dewitt, University of Washington
Anna Cavender, University of Washington

Tuesday, 6/24/08 -- 3:00 PM
Location: LBJ [060] 2nd FLOOR STREET

Strand: Using Technology to Support Learning
Type: Poster    Audience: Postsecondary

Abstract:

This poster will discuss the implementation of the ASL-STEM Forum, a community-based, video-enabled Web resource for contributing and discussing sign language for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. We will also show a demo of the forum and allow symposium members to contribute to the forum live and in-person.


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A Consolidated Platform to Promote Accessibility in Mainstream Classrooms (T3PB)

Anna Cavender
Ph.D. Candidate
University of Washington

Email: cavender@cs.washington.edu
Richard Ladner, University of Washington

Tuesday, 6/24/08 -- 3:00 PM
Location: LBJ [060] 2nd FLOOR STREET

Strand: Using Technology to Support Learning
Type: Poster    Audience: Postsecondary

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This presentation will show a consolidated classroom platform for deaf and hard-of-hearing students to access remote interpreters and captioners, avoid visual dispersion, facilitate interaction in mainstream university classrooms, and engage students in capture and retrieval of classroom events.


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The Discussion about the Deaf University Teaching Mode under the Framework of Constructing Information Technology (T3PC)

Li Qiang
Engineering College for the Deaf in Tianjin University of Technology

Email:
Bao Guondong, Tianjin Univeristy of Technology

Tuesday, 6/24/08 -- 3:00 PM
Location: LBJ [060] 2nd FLOOR STREET

Strand: Using Technology to Support Learning
Type: Poster    Audience: All

Abstract:

This paper discusses the relationship between Informationalized Education and deaf higher education reformation, and gives some tentative countermeasures and suggestions to problems. To make the information and educational technology function in deaf higher education, we have to establish a new teaching model. The new model asks people to take a systematic method as a guide, to seize the latest study theoretical results, and use teaching design theory.


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Enhancing the Accessibility of Postsecondary Educational Institutions in Japan (T3PD)

Mayumi Shirasawa
Associate Professor
National University Corporation Tsukuba University of Technology

Email: shirasawa@a.tsukuba-tech.ac.jp

Tuesday, 6/24/08 -- 3:00 PM
Location: LBJ [060] 2nd FLOOR STREET

Strand: Access Technology
Type: Poster    Audience: Postsecondary

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To enhance the accessibility of postsecondary educational institutions that accept students who are deaf or hard of hearing, NTUT developed a support network among 16 pioneer institutions. In this report, the outline of this network project will be shared and the achievements of fiscal year 2007 will be reported.


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Bridging the Distance: The Use of Videoconferencing for Faculty Development (T3PE)

Rubylee De Castro
De La Salle Univeristy College of St. Benilde

Email: decastror@dls-csb.edu.ph
Techie De la Torre, De La Salle Univeristy College of St. Benilde
Brother Victor Franco, De La Salle Univeristy College of St. Benilde

Tuesday, 6/24/08 -- 3:00 PM
Location: LBJ [060] 2nd FLOOR STREET

Strand: Using Technology to Support Learning
Type: Poster    Audience: Postsecondary

Abstract:

With videoconferencing, the possibilities in education are limitless. This presentation aims to provide a thorough and detailed report of the benefits of the use of technology in education at the School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies (SDEAS) at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) Philippines, and to show that indeed the world can be brought into the classroom and into Deaf hands.


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The Status of Postsecondary Education for Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Students in Korea Nazarene University (KNU) (T3PF)

Jinseok Chang
Professor
Korea Nazarene University

Email: prchang@kornu.ac.kr, jinseokchang@hanmail.net

Tuesday, 6/24/08 -- 3:00 PM
Location: LBJ [060] 2nd FLOOR STREET

Strand: Assessing the Impact of Technology in Teaching/Learning Process
Type: Poster    Audience: Postsecondary

Abstract:

Korea Nazarene University began as a School of Theology 54 years ago. Since 1995, it has upgraded its status from a community college to a university that offers diverse academic programs such as Theology, Human Rehabilitation, Social Work, and Special Education. Many have graduated as health and rehabilitation science professionals.


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The Development of Sign Language Dictionary and Related Resources in Vietnam (T3PG)

James Woodward
Dong Nai Provincial Teacher's College

Email:
Nguyen Thi Hoa, Dong Nai Provincial Teacher's College

Tuesday, 6/24/08 -- 3:00 PM
Location: LBJ [060] 2nd FLOOR STREET

Strand: Using Technology to Support Learning
Type: Poster    Audience: All

Abstract:

The Project on Opening University Education to Deaf People in Vietnam at the Dong Nai Department of Education & Education at Dong Nai Vietnam is developing sign language resources to maintain and enhance the language and culture of deaf communities in Vietnam. Recent work has focused on producing dictionary and sign language teaching materials, including books and DVDs. This poster will provide an overview of the process used and the materials developed.


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Using Classroom Management Software in Teaching Deaf People Computing Skills (T3PH)

Ka Yiu Cheng
Assistant Computer Officer
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Email: yiu_cslds@cuhk.edu.hk
Gladys Tang Wai Lan, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Tuesday, 6/24/08 -- 3:00 PM
Location: LBJ [060] 2nd FLOOR STREET

Strand: Access Technology
Type: Poster    Audience: All

Abstract:

To examine the effectiveness of using classroom management software (SynchronEyes 7.0) in teaching Asia-Pacific deaf adults computer technologies, like graphic manipulating skills, using Adobe Photoshop CS2 and video editing skills using Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0 for producing Sign Language dictionaries and teaching/learning materials.


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Instructional Technologies and Sign Language Interpreter Training: The Transition from Analog to Digital (T3PI)

Nicole Montagna
ASL/English Interpreter
San Francisco State University

Email: interpretopia@gmail.com

Tuesday, 6/24/08 -- 3:00 PM
Location: LBJ [060] 2nd FLOOR STREET

Strand: Using Technology to Support Learning
Type: Poster    Audience: Postsecondary

Abstract:

Video analysis is an integral component of sign language interpreter training. Most interpreter training programs (ITPs) have a language lab component to their curriculum. Using the Ohlone College Interpreter Preparation Program (IPP) as a case study, this project explores and documents how an ITP transitions from analog to digital tools. Included are lab redesign, modification of curriculum, and the design and implementation of training for instructors and students on using the new equipment.


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Development of Sign Language Materials for Deaf Students in Third World Countries: A Scientific and Technical Approach (T3PJ)

Victor Vodounou
Assistant Professor
Stephen F. Austin State University

Email: vvodounou@sfasu.edu

Tuesday, 6/24/08 -- 3:00 PM
Location: LBJ [060] 2nd FLOOR STREET

Strand: Using Technology to Support Learning
Type: Poster    Audience: All

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Deaf students living in Haiti, Benin, Niger and their teachers have communicated to me during my visits that they very much are in need of sign language materials that reflect African culture and heritage. The project is using a scientific approach to meet this need.


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Engaging Students with Educationally Relevant Social Networking (T3PK)

Dave Miller
President
Knowledge Athletes

Email: dave.miller@knowledgeathletes.com

Tuesday, 6/24/08 -- 3:00 PM
Location: LBJ [060] 2nd FLOOR STREET

Strand: Using Technology to Support Learning
Type: Poster    Audience: All

Abstract:

Learn about an exciting new approach to using social networking in the classroom for student engagement and achievement with the next generation of online education at the workshop. Dave Miller, creator of Knowledge Athletes Web site, will present his unique approach to engaging students in educationally relevant social networking™.


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The National Center for Deaf Health Research Health Survey: Demonstration of a Linguistically Accessible Health Surveillance Instrument for Deaf Communities (T3PL)

Vincent Samar
Associate Professor
RIT/NTID

Email: vjsncr@rit.edu
Steven Barnett, National Center for Deaf Health Research
Elouise Oyzon, Rochester Institute of Technology

Tuesday, 6/24/08 -- 3:00 PM
Location: LBJ [060] 2nd FLOOR STREET

Strand: Access Technology
Type: Poster    Audience: All

Abstract:

The National Center for Deaf Health Research (NCDHR) conducts community participatory research on major health issues affecting the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. NCDHR partnered with NTID and community members to develop a computerized health survey in sign language. This poster demonstrates the survey instrument and describes its development.


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The Role of Assistive Technologies in a Process of Internalization of the Language System: Multimedia Teaching and Learning Foreign Languages by Students with Hearing Difficulties at the Jagiellonian University (T3PM)

Dagmara Nowak-Adamczyk
Disability Officer
Disability Support Service at the Jagiellonian University

Email: dagmara.nowak-adamczyk@uj.edu.pl

Tuesday, 6/24/08 -- 3:00 PM
Location: LBJ [060] 2nd FLOOR STREET

Strand: Using Technology to Support Learning
Type: Poster    Audience: All

Abstract:

Teaching deaf or hard-of-hearing students of foreign languages demands that methodology be adapted to their individual needs and supported by assistive technologies. A speech will be focused on using AT in a process of teaching students with hearing difficulties as a part of support service for them at the Jagiellonian University. It will be presenting advantages of its practical application during English courses in a multimedia classroom. Particular attention will be given to the formation process of the language acquisition by support of the digital white board.


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Mutual Exchange Program between Tsukuba University of Technology (TUT) in Japan and Bauman Moscow State Technical University (BMSTU) in Russia (T3PN)

Araki Tsutomu
Professor
Tsukuba University of Technology N-TUT

Email: araki@a.tsukuba-tech.ac.jp
Masahiko Suto, N-TUT
Naoki Ohnuma

Tuesday, 6/24/08 -- 3:00 PM
Location: LBJ [060] 2nd FLOOR STREET

Strand: Access Technology
Type: Poster    Audience: All

Abstract:

Two faculty members and one student from TUT and BMSTU visited each other, where deaf students have technology-based education in Japan and Russia. Both of the institutes are members of PEN-International. We will share information and know-how through video-conferencing system and mutual visits supported by The Nippon Foundation of Japan.


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Universal Design by Open Collaboration (W9A)

Dr. Antti Raike
Postdoctoral researcher, DA
Media Lab
University of Art and Design Helsinki TAIK, Finland

Email: Antti [dot] raike [at] taik [dot] fi

Wednesday, 6/25/08 -- 9:00 AM
Location: LBJ [60] PANARA THEATRE

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Type: Plenary    Audience: All

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Design for All (DfA) is an approach to the design of products and services to be usable by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or circumstance. Collaboration and engineering has resulted in an interactive and collaborative Web. Would easier collaboration promote deaf communities' inclusion into the Information Society?


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Videoconferencing Using Open-Source Software: Building a Proof-of-Concept Platform for Communications and Distance Learning (W10B)

Simon Ting
Instructional Developer
RIT/NTID

Email: sktedr@rit.edu
Cathy Clarke, Rochester Institute of Technology
Zach Szafran, Rochester Institute of Technology
Regina Kiperman-Kiselgof, Rochester Institute of Technology

Wednesday, 6/25/08 -- 10:00 AM
Location: SDC [55] 1300

Strand: Using Technology to Support Learning
Type: Formal    Audience: Postsecondary

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Videoconferencing is a business tool holding obvious promise as a communications and distance learning application for deaf learners. This potential is largely untapped due to the high cost of commercial systems. The presenters describe implementing a low-cost conferencing system using open-source software components within a framework built with HTML, CSS, and Web-based scripting languages.


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PEN-International: Fostering International Projects with Instructional and Access Technologies (W10C)

Minoru Yoshida
Software/Hardware Specialist
RIT/NTID

Email: mxypen@rit.edu
Denise Kavin, PEN-International, NTID, RIT
James J. DeCaro, PEN-International, NTID, RIT
Mr. E. William Clymer, PEN-International, NTID, RIT

Wednesday, 6/25/08 -- 10:00 AM
Location: SDC [55] 1310

Strand: Using Technology to Support Learning
Type: Formal    Audience: Postsecondary

Abstract:

This presentation will describe PEN-International's background, structure, goals, accomplishments, and future activities, with an emphasis on the benefits and challenges of using technology to facilitate international communication, training, and teaching activities, and how technology can reduce barriers. In addition, the multilingual and cultural challenges that PEN-International faces in developing and implementing its projects will be discussed.


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Report on the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Cyber-Community Summit (W10D)

E. William Clymer
Associate Director
RIT/NTID

Email: ewcncp@rit.edu
Richard E. Ladner, University of Washington
Jorge L. Diaz-Herrera, Rochester Institute of Technology

Wednesday, 6/25/08 -- 10:00 AM
Location: LBJ [60] 2590

Strand: Access Technology
Type: Formal    Audience: Postsecondary

Abstract:

Experts in support service for postsecondary deaf and hard-of-hearing students in STEM programs will attend a Summit on the campus of RIT in late June 2008. They will consider online remote interpreting and captioning, and prepare a recommendation report regarding multimedia cyberinfrastructure to provide remote communication support for deaf students. This presentation will report on progress to date.


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Mocap ASL in the Sciences: Results and Future (W10E)

Scott Whitney
Assistant Professor
Stephen F. Austin State University

Email: swhitney@sfasu.edu

Wednesday, 6/25/08 -- 10:00 AM
Location: LBJ [60] 3237

Strand: Assessing the Impact of Technology in Teaching/Learning Process
Type: Formal    Audience: All

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In the fall of 2008 the research team completed a project which was sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF grant number HRD-0435679). The project compared QuickTime videos with 3D animations of American Sign Language. The 3D animations were developed using motion capture techniques. The presentation will share the results as well as the products that are now available to anyone interested in pursuing similar research. Additional related products are available for teachers, including a database of science signs. Finally, the presentation will discuss future directions of the research, a collaboration between Stephen F. Austin State University and Purdue University.


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Do Deaf Students' Visuospatial Abilities Give Them an Advantage in Multimedia Classrooms? (W11C)

Marc Marschark
Professor and Director
RIT/NTID

Email: marc.marschark@rit.edu
Carol Convertino, Center for Education Research Partnerships, NTID
Patricia Sapere, Center for Education Research Partnerships, NTID
Thomastine Sarchet, Center for Education Research Partnerships, NTID

Wednesday, 6/25/08 -- 11:00 AM
Location: SDC [55] 1310

Strand: Assessing the Impact of Technology in Teaching/Learning Process
Type: Formal    Audience: All

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Teachers of deaf students emphasize the importance of visual materials in the classroom, but little attention has been given to how deaf students deal with dividing their attention among instructor, interpreter/text, visual displays, etc. Some studies have argued that deaf signers have better peripheral vision than others, potentially offsetting such demands. Three experiments explored how oral, signing, and hearing students deal with dividing attention in settings with multiple sources of visual information.


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Improving Deaf Students' Access to Technical Education and Intercultural Communication through Online Learning (W11D)

Ila Parasnis
Professor
RIT/NTID

Email: impncr@rit.edu
Antonio Toscano, RIT/NTID
Rosemary Toscano, RIT/NTID
Simon Ting, RIT/NTID

Wednesday, 6/25/08 -- 11:00 AM
Location: LBJ [60] 2590

Strand: Online Learning
Type: Formal    Audience: Postsecondary

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We developed and taught an online course on Web design to deaf young adults from the U.S. and India using a multimedia-enabled course delivery system. Besides developing their technical skills, students worked on intercultural communication skills. We will demonstrate the course Web site and discuss this teaching/learning experience.


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Notetaking Strategies -- The What, Who and How (W11E)

Patricia Rahalewicz
Notetaker Coordinator
RIT/NTID

Email: parnpa@rit.edu
Lissa Schaefer, RIT/NTID

Wednesday, 6/25/08 -- 11:00 AM
Location: LBJ [60] 3237

Strand: Using Technology to Support Learning
Type: Formal    Audience: Postsecondary

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This session will be informative, interactive, and instructional to guide you through the effective use of Notetaking Strategies to meet your specific needs in implementing a quality notetaking service for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The presentation will show you the What, Who, and How of Notetaking.


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