Signing Glossaries for Science Exhibits (2019)


This video will showcase the unique and innovative features of six glossary apps that have been researched and developed for use by visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing before, during, and after visits to aquariums, botanical gardens, natural history museums, nature centers, science museums, and zoos. The video will highlight integration of the three principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) into both the iPhone, iPad, iPod and Android versions for the purpose of making exhibit STEM content more accessible to visitors who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and use ASL for communication. It will share the methodology and key findings from a formative evaluation for usability and effectiveness as well as lessons learned. Comments and images from visitors who have used the apps will be integrated into the video. Emphasis on approaches used for design and integration of the glossaries as well as outcomes for users will be relevant for viewers interested in increasing accessibility of visitors to informal STEM learning environments through technology. Expected learning objectives are for viewers with a wide range of backgrounds to become aware of the features of a new technology and ways of integrating it to create museum experiences that are more inclusive of visitors who are deaf or hard-of hearing.

NSF Award: 1602284


This discussion took place during the TERC Video Showcase Event Nov. 14-21, 2023. Discussion is now closed.
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Karen Mutch-Jones
Karen Mutch-Jones
November 14, 2023 5:41 pm
Thank you for sharing your work–this video continues to be both informative and compelling. It reminds me (and I’m sure others) of the importance of including multiple representations and approaches to ensure accessibility. And while you were able to build off your classroom tools, your signing glossaries for science exhibits highlight the ways you have been responsive to children, who are deaf and hard of hearing, outside of a school environment. I imagine it has enriched the experiences of their families and friends too! I appreciate your creative and flexible use of technology for all.
Martha Merson
Martha Merson
November 16, 2023 7:16 am
Thanks for this. It answered some of my questions about how people can access the glossaries. What are some strategies you’ve used to make disability coordinators aware of this resource? LEAD comes to mind.