What is ASL Clear?

Through a competitive, multi-year contract with The MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Boston University (Robert Hoffmeister, Principal Investigator) is collaborating with CRT (Jeanne Reis, Project Director) to develop an online American Sign Language STEM Concept Learning Resource, ASL Clear. The resource offers a growing collection of complete STEM units in ASL. Each unit contains a micro-lecture associated with a set of STEM terms, definitions and examples. Unique ASL‐feature search functionality, made up of handshapes, movements, and locations, allows students to access all content using their knowledge of ASL. By moving from a vocabulary-centered focus to the level of concept-centered content development, our model presentations of STEM content and vocabulary in ASL have the potential to enhance academic discourse in the classroom and increase the sharing of contextualized STEM terms in ASL. ASL Clear is now available at   ASLClear.org. CRT provides professional development in using the ASL Clear to support STEM education. Contact  crt@tlcdeaf.org  for more information on our professional development offerings for teachers, interpreters, and other STEM education professionals.

ASL Clear Design Features

The ASL Clear project team is a group of Deaf and heritage ASL-speaking STEM experts in education, research and industry who seek to open the same doors of opportunity for others. Our materials model rich language and instruction in ASL, and present STEM content in ways that can be readily accessed and understood by deaf children of various ages. Our content complements state and national curricula, and will make it possible to build instructional and assessment tools expressly designed for bilingual students in ASL and English. The bilingual theme is woven into the design of the ASL Clear application as well. Our video and technical teams have collaborated in the development of innovative ASL-based and visually motivated search and navigation functionality, as well as English text-based access to all materials. This allows different audiences to independently and easily search for information: students wishing to learn about the exciting and engaging world of STEM, and parents and teachers wishing to provide critical early language, thinking skills, and learning experiences to deaf children.

The Process

Concept -> Lecture -> Term -> Definition

Lecture

Term

Definition

Current List of Topics

science

Science

Scientific Method
Earth & Moon
Earth Science
Ecology
Food Chain
Habitats
Heredity
Living Systems
Natural Selection
Photosynthesis
Plant Parts and Functions
Conducting an Experiment
Elements, Mixtures, Compounds
Water Cycle
 
technology2

Technology

Introduction to Technology

engineering

Engineering

Engineering Design Process

math2

Math

Angles
Base10
Circles
Exponents
Factorization
Fractions
Functions
Geometry
Graphing
Linear Graphing & Equations
Perimeter, Area, & Volume
Pythagorean Theorem
Quadrilaterals
Real Number System
Rounding
Ratios
Triangles
 

Contact Us

63 Fountain Street 5th Floor Suite 503 Framingham, MA 01702
508-879-5110
Work Hours: 8am-5pm (Mon-Fri)
crt@tlcdeaf.org

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