Welcome to the new blog site of Eagle Café. As you may already know, Eagle Café is a classroom laboratory where deaf high school students with special needs learn about food preparation and food service. I have the pleasure of working with your students and seeing the growth through hands-on activities that my classroom provides.
Eagle Café is located at California School for the Deaf (CSD) in Fremont. CSD provides many different ways you, as parents can get involved. I am sure you have heard about the Parents Supporting Parents training and hope you will attend this informational day of learning and supporting. This training will take place this weekend. More information can be found at CSD Outreach Department. Another way you can get involved is to join Association of Parents, Teachers, and Counselors at CSD. More information about APTC can be found on the CSD APTC Website. The officers are energetic and motivated. They welcome more parents to join and help make the team a dynamic one. One of their goals is to raise funds to be used to support the school. They hope to provide scholarships for students interested in attending summer camps with focus on math, science, art and academy. They also hope to support instruction programs at the school.
You may notice the increased use of technology in the classrooms at CSD. As you know, deaf students are visual learners. They are also kinesthetic learners. Technology as part of instruction enhances student learning. Keep in mind that technology does not replace teachers or textbooks, but to help make classroom learning effective. Technology is not the only way to learn standard contents, but also gives the students opportunity to get their hands on technology use to gain experience. Technology use skill is essential in many of the future careers, and will be an asset to have when applying for a job.
Every classroom teacher has a wish list. I am no exception. What would really work in my classroom that enhances student learning is a Flip video camera. There are so many ideas on the usage of a Flip camera in an educational setting. They can be found at this website, Ideas to Inspire. See a PowerPoint demonstration of different ideas of how the pocket video camera is used at Many Ways to Use Flip Video Cameras in the Classroom. Two examples are provided here to illustrate how the use of pocket video camera could be applied in my classroom. Using a pocket video camera would record student activities in the kitchen. Demonstration on food preparation can be filmed and shown to other students who otherwise can’t read recipes or directions. Teachers can use a pocket video camera as an assessment tool. Before a lesson plan is taught, students are asked pre-test questions. Their answers as signed in American Sign Language are filmed. After having the class going through a unit, they are asked post-test questions which are the same. The students will be able to see for themselves how much they have learned, and how they are able to answer more questions after a lesson. The devices are available at Flip for Education.
Another wish list device is a MacBook laptop to be used as an editing tool for the videos produced with the pocket video camera. It also has many other functions such as word processing, spreadsheet, Internet, and a built in camera. With the built in camera, students can narrate. Their signed language can be recorded and assessed. Various types of instructional software can be installed in this powerful laptop. It is available at a discounted educational price from Apple.
Student learning can go further with the aid of amazing technology. With your involvement at APTC, together we could make possible to purchase the needed teaching tools to make instructions very effective. Please feel free to post comments and questions here on the blog. We would like to see a discussion about this topic going on.
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DISCLAIMER: This blog is an assignment for an educational technology course at National University. It is not a real fundraising blog.