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Friday, September 10, 2004

New technology used to teach Sign Language

"Bede College in Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees, is pioneering an innovative way of teaching British Sign Language through the use of new technologies. Students at the college are learning to master sign language, used throughout the UK to communicate with deaf people, through the combination of digital video clips with computer technology.

The college uses this technology to create interactive learning materials that are fun to use as well as effective in teaching sign language. Students can return to the materials as many times as they like to check on things they are unsure of and can access them whenever they like over the Internet.

This new approach to teaching sign language has been developed by staff at Bede College with with the help of funding through a national scheme called "Q projects", which are designed to help teachers get to grips with IT in a way that will benefit learners. The Q projects scheme is run by the Learning and Skills Development Agency (LSDA), a national organisation that supports teachers in post-school education, and is based on national standards for the use of technology by teachers."

Source: The Training Foundation


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