Due Dates

November 18th, 2010


We’ll have Show and Tell for projects in the last two classes Dec 2 and 7. Here are your time slots:

December 2

Sign language matching: Bethany B.
Faces: Philip B, Hunter C
Alphabet Sounds: Katy C, John W
Spell Man: Brooke D, Hunter P
Face Matching Cards: Erin H., Kelby L.

December 7

Tactile puzzles: Ashley A,
Tactile books: Kristin A, Alexandra A, Will B, Tyler D, Logan G, Jackie I, Matt K, William L, Claire P, Abel T
Face matching computer game: Rob D
Matching game content: Stephen H
Flip-it: Ethan O

I’ve grouped people doing similar things together but I understand that you may be working independently and you may show and tell independently.

You have about 10 minutes to present your project.

Your project is due to me no later than noon on 16 December .


Your papers are due to me on 3 December . I’ll get feedback to you by early the next week. Then your revised version will be due no later than noon on 16 December .

Projects and Papers

November 4th, 2010

With about a month to go in the semester we better get going on projects and papers .
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Discuss Through Deaf Eyes

November 2nd, 2010

Discuss the video Through Deaf Eyes by adding a comment to this post. Due 9 Nov 2010.

You’ll find lots of good info at the PBS site including a transcript and discussion guide .

To help guide the discussion, consider these questions:

  1. Did your perceptions of deafness change watching this story?
  2. What segments did you like best? Feel free to use the transcript to help you remember them.
  3. Were you surprised that the students took over the school? That they hot wired the buses?

Feel free to include anything else that interested or challenged you.

Service opportunity making tactile books

November 2nd, 2010

Diane Brauner has a great idea for making beginning literacy kits for kids who are blind. I know several of you are looking for service opportunities, so contact me for her email address to learn about the project.

Respond to Sound and Fury

October 26th, 2010

Think about the issues in Sound and Fury and respond with the equivalent of (at least) one page of text. I want a short paper with an introduction, a body, and an conclusion. There is no need to format it, plain text is fine. I’m more interested in your take on the issues than on the video itself.

Carefully consider your response and be respectful.

Send email to me with your response. This is due before class on Thursday.

Here are some quotes from the video that struck me, feel free to use any of them or ignore them.

My children are just like me. Who wouldn’t want that?

I learned sign language and that is when my life began.

If Heather is implanted she won’t be part of the deaf world or the hearing world.

All speaking program. No one that uses sign language.

When I heard Peter was deaf I was happy. If she doesn’t want the baby because he’s deaf, I’ll take him.

Your family and friends are deaf, how does it feel that you’re the only family with an implant?

Forget hearing people!

I want an implant because hearing people don’t sign.

At this school they teach using speech.

Heather, why don’t you sign. The interpreter will speak. Sign the story, its your language. I want to speak.

What do you think the parents of the hearing child thought of Heather reading?

Why doesn’t she use sign language? They feel sometimes children may use it as a crutch.

She’s not allowed to sign.

Don’t you want the best?

You don’t accept deafness. You don’t accept me.

To be honest, sometimes I feel limited.

You’re such a lousy daughter. Who wouldn’t love her child they way he is?

You feel that deaf people are inferior!

When he grows up his parents can ask him if he wants the implant.

Can the implant kill Deaf Culture?

Deaf Culture is wonderful.

I want the best for my child.

If I didn’t know you, I’d say you were an abusing parent.

They’re hurting their children.

I don’t think she knows she’s deaf.

What do you mean normal?

Deaf schools stink. I don’t want that for him. You think deaf people are behind.

You should love your child. Don’t destroy his emotional life. He’s a beautiful natural deaf baby.

I come here to the Deaf world and I feel safe.

Did you notice the juxtaposition of the Deaf Child Area and the Dead End signs?

You told me you decided. We decided together. We agreed.

BTW, I don’t think there is any scientific evidence that allowing children to sign impairs their speech. The more children communicate the better off they are.

Temple Grandin in the local news

October 19th, 2010


Tact Filters

October 14th, 2010

An interesting post on communication: http://www.mit.edu/~jcb/tact.htm l


October 14th, 2010

Before class time on 26 October everyone must email me describing how you intend to fulfill your 30 hour service requirement.

Labeled Faces

October 14th, 2010

We saw Temple Grandin labeling photos of faces depicting different emotions so she could learn to recognize them. For this assignment we are going to create a collection of faces labeled with emotions.

Flickr is a online picture repository that allows people to upload pictures they want to share. Some people select the Creative Commons license for their pictures; these are the ones we want. The following link will take you to a search page that will allow you to search for pictures with the license we want:


Emotions to include: happy, sad, confused, scared, angry, sleepy, surprised, disappointed, nervous.

Your mission is to find at least 6 pictures of faces for each emotion in our list. The easiest way to do this is to sign up for a Flickr account and add the pictures you find to a gallery for each emotion. I’ll demonstrate in class and you can read about it at the Gallery FAQ .

Submit the links to your galleries in a comment on this post. This assignment is due Thursday 28 October.

Respond to Temple Grandin

October 7th, 2010

Post your response to the video on Temple Grandin as comments here.