Technology tools can be instrumental in teaching literacy skills to children with hearing issues and/or other learning needs, as this article shows. Touchscreen tech helps people with disabilities Some parents and educators are reserved about using iPads in early-years education. Moderation and context are advised in such settings but if an iPad device helps develop a
The Core Points Newborn hearing tests (since 2012) and infant education give today’s kids a headstart. Today’s cochlear implants and hearing-aids give digital sound quality like never before. Infant verbal education leads children into preschool with peer-level spoken language. Over 3,300 deaf children in Ireland (90%) are mainstream-educated, with under 4% using sign language (#NCSE, 2011). Currently
Using interactive whiteboards in mainstream primary classrooms motivates pupils by offering educational tools with a strong visual learning aspect. For deaf children who learn visually, whiteboards facilitate inclusive teaching and learning styles in many ways. Interactive teaching directly at the whiteboard is possible, instead of the child missing instructions while at a classroom workstation The
Interactive whiteboards altered teaching practices at St Columba’s Girls National School in Co Cork, after its deaf pupils benefited from the tools. St Columba’s GNS, which has a facility for deaf students and teaches all its 600 students sign language, quickly realised the value of the whiteboards. When teaching new concepts in class, visual images and
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