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"Project presentation"

12/12/2014        Other articles by: Albaxan

The project has been put into practise by the Model Experimental General Lyceum of the University of Macedonia during the 2014-2015 school year. 17 students are participating along with 15 deaf and hard-of-hearing students of the Special High School and Lyceum for the Deaf and hard-of-hearing of Thessaloniki and 20 students of the 2nd Primary School of Pefka, Thessaloniki. The project is named “Communicate in a different way!” and the aim is to “build bridges and pull down obstacles”.
Language has been defined as a code in which ideas about the world are presented through a system of conventional symbols for communication. Man uses language mainly as a means of communication. But what is communication?

Teachers work with many different types of pupils. Many of these children require educational programmes customized to their unique needs. We must remember that exceptionality is always relative to the social or cultural context in which it exists. As teachers, we are in a unique position to help shape and mold the attitudes and opinions of our students.

Students of the Model Experimental General Lyceum and the 2nd Primary School of Pefka are working cooperatively to subtitle songs, hymns, parables, poems and funny or sensitive commercials. They are working with passion for the students of the Special School for the deaf; in this way they will understand the meaning of parables or poems like “Ithaca", they will have fun with the funny commercials and finally they will share their experiences. We want our students to understand the mode of communication such as sign language, speech and simultaneous communication, gestures as in a wave or a point, or touch.

A sign language (also signed language or simply signing) is a language which uses manual communication and body language to convey meaning, as opposed to acoustically conveyed sound patterns. This can involve simultaneously combining hand shapes, orientation and movement of the hands, arms or body, and facial expressions to fluidly express a speaker's thoughts. They share many similarities with spoken languages (sometimes called "oral languages", which depend primarily on sound), which is why linguists consider both to be natural languages, but there are also some significant differences between signed and spoken languages.

Wherever communities of deaf people exist, sign languages have been developed. Signing is not only used by the deaf, it is also used by people who can hear, but cannot physically speak.

The students of the School for the Deaf are learning and practicing in clipflair because all the activities are offered online through a social networking web platform.  The students of the Model Experimental School and the 2nd Primary School of Pefka approached the coordinator of the project and asked permission to share the presentation with all the students of the School for the Deaf and students from other schools.
Questions posed by this project are:
Does computer-mediated communication facilitate equitable communication among deaf students?
Do deaf students perceive they can communicate easily via computer-mediated communication?

Do deaf students perceive computer-mediated communication as an effective instructional approach?
Do students with no difficulties perceive computer-mediated communication as an effective instructional approach with deaf students?

Our goals

We want our students to approach language as a tool of messaging, communication and intellectual power configuration.

To understand that the language code is activated depending on economic, social and political conditions of each society.

To raise awareness and set their own attitude towards people with special features, Deaf or blind.

To capture and understand the elements which make up the community of Deaf.

To cooperate with other schools as well as with a different school, like the Special High School and Lyceum for the Deaf and hard-of-hearing of Thessaloniki (http://gym-ekv-thess.thess.sch.gr/) and to exchange material and experiences.

To deal actively with audiovisual material, developing basic skills such as reading, writing and speaking.

To foster European awareness and identity through their active participation in a European platform which enables them to produce their own educational material with subtitles for the deaf or creating material with audio description for the blind.

To understand that the need of the Deaf for a language adapted to their visual needs, and not the loss of hearing, is what makes them a cultural group. The use of this common (visual) language is what distinguishes Deaf from other disabled groups (or people with special needs). These groups, even though they have some shared experiences arising from their particular needs, such as the loss of sight for the blind, cannot be regarded as cultural groups, because they use the language of the wider society and have the culture of that society.

Today the students are proud of their performance, and are talking about the importance of cooperation. They are also interested in learning new skills and creating a web community by using clipflair. This is not just a project; the students and their teachers have turned it into a learning experience for the youngest students of the Special School for the Deaf.

Participants teachers
Coordinator, Xanthi Albanaki, Model Experimental Senior Lyceum of the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki
Chrysoula Gioura, 2nd Primmary School of Peuka Thessaloniki
Sofia Kourtidou, Special High
School and Lyceum for the Deaf and hard-of-hearing of Thessaloniki

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"Project presentation"

Stavroula Sokoli

This is a really great initiative, congrats!!

12/13/2014 2:40:12 PM
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