Math Observations in Deaf Education (MODE) is a monthly webinar series hosted by Dr. Dawn Kidd, a middle school math teacher at the Texas School for the Deaf. Dr. Kidd invites different guests each month to discuss in ASL a particular current topic in math education. The webinar is presented in an informal talk show format, complete with visual aids, ideas for teaching, etc. Voice interpreting and captioning are provided for each webinar.
MODE #1 – Remote Teaching Mathematics for Deaf Students
March 3, 2021
This webinar provided classroom teachers of deaf students with recommendations and ideas for providing quality learning during remote instruction. Tips were shared on activities, apps, and ways to keep students engaged.
MODE #2 – Khan Academy: Instructional Mathematic Videos in ASL
April 14, 20201
Khan Academy is a tutoring website which includes instruction in a variety of subjects including mathematics. The webinar featured two current members of the DeafTEC Khan Academy project team discussing the addition of American Sign Language to the existing languages available on Khan Academy. Opportunities for public involvement in making and evaluating videos was shared.
MODE #3 – Perspectives of a Deaf Mathematician
May 19, 2021
For MODE #3 our guest was Christopher Hayes, a PhD candidate in mathematics at the University of Connecticut. Christopher gave us some information on his background, including how he developed his love for mathematics, as well as barriers he experienced as a deaf student. We also discussed insights he has as a deaf learner and teacher of high school and college level mathematics and saw some cool fractals as well.
MODE #4 – Lessons Learned: What Changed for the Better in Education During the Pandemic?
October 27, 2021
Four educators who teach mathematics to deaf and hard-of-hearing students discussed how pandemic teaching has impacted their instruction and what has changed for the better in deaf education. Panelists shared the teaching strategies, time management techniques, resources, and technology they used from the past year that they hope to continue.
Recording of this webinar is not available.