A very busy and happy couple of days in Adelaide visiting schools and presenting at a Hearing Impairment Seminar.
The first school was Klemzig Primary School (Centre for Hearing Impaired) a bilingual / bicultural school – ‘the primary school and the Centre for Hearing Impaired are totally integrated to provide a bilingual/bicultural program where Deaf/hearing impaired and hearing students learn in Auslan (Australian Sign Language) and English.’
Klemzig Primary School has long had a reputation as a very caption friendly school – and the visit did not disappoint; where I witnessed the use of captions and Auslan as a normal part of the school day. Meeting with the staff was wonderful with much discussion about building teacher capacity and also the Concerns – Based Adoption Model (CBAM) and the Stages of Concern questionnaire that I’m utilising as part of my study tour.
Next up was my presentation at the Education Development Centre, for approximately 30 Teachers of the Deaf on ‘Captions in Classrooms’ – this presentation focussed on using captions to teach for improved literacy benefits for all students.
A visit the next day to meet with Special Educators (Hearing) & Early Intervention Service at the Special Education Resource Unit, was another wonderful opportunity to discuss the value of captions in education and the importance of using captions to teach.
Later in the day, I met with staff from TAFE SA and some adult Deaf signing students and with the assistance of an Auslan interpreter, was able to discuss with them their experiences with using captions or not, as the case may be. Access to media in education for these adults wasn’t a high priority when they went through the school system. We were able to chat about how to turn on access features on laptops, iPads and where to source captioned multimedia for entertainment.
The final visit was to Adelaide High School, Centre for Hearing Impaired and I met with some staff who had attended the Hearing Impairment Seminar the previous day. It was great to chat and brainstorm ideas for building teacher knowledge and confidence in the use of captions for access to the curriculum.