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options -- students can choose the classes
they want captioned
notes -- transcripts of lessons are avail-
able to students to use as study aids
personalisation -- a customisable screen
means the students can adjust font size,
colour and style to suit their personal
preferences and adjust the background
to reduce glare, and
portability -- the solution can be entirely
wireless and works on mobile devices
such as laptops or iPads.
The Ai-Live solution empowers deaf stu-
dents by giving them control of their own
Feedback about Ai-Live
We have received a range of positive feedback
from schools using the Ai-Live solution.
One Year 9 English teacher, for example,
reported greater student engagement, adding
that, 'My teaching became more personal-
ised and students seemed to be more involved
in group work, contributing to class discus-
sions and maintaining eye contact with me.'
According to a teacher of the deaf, 'One
student went from not looking at me until her
interpreter arrived in the room and was near
the bottom of the class... to being one of the
most engaged students in the class, actually
coming top of the class in the yearly exam.'
Students have also responded well to
Ai-Live. One Year 10 student explained
that, 'It enables me to access all the infor-
mation on everything.'
A Year 11 student said, 'I would like cap-
tioning to be a part of my future. It will be
helpful when I am at university as well as
Schools leaders have also embraced the
system. According to one principal, 'The
Ai-Live project has been an example of
how current technology can be used to
enhance the learning of deaf and hear-
ing-impaired students. This project has
provided learning opportunities beyond
those that can be supplied by an in- class
interpreter. Almost instantaneous trans-
lation of spoken material, combined with
live one-to-one media streaming with the
interpreter, provides students with access
to information and to teacher-delivered
material that before was filtered and inter-
preted by a non-teaching assistant. This is
supported by emailed written translations
of lessons to further aid understanding of
the lessons content.'
Now, imagine this...
You walk into the classroom.
You give the teacher a microphone to
wear, turn on you r iPad, smile to your
classmates and you are fully prepared and
excited for the class to begin. You can fol-
low everything that is going on in the class-
room, even when your friends are saying
something cheeky to the teacher and you
are able to answer the teacher's questions.
You become the envy of your classmates,
as you have a full transcript of the lesson for
revision notes. Is this a dream?
No. This will be the reality for many
deaf and hearing-impaired students across
the country. T
Leonie Jackson is the Head of Education
Access at Ai-Media.
1. The teacher wears a lapel microphone.
2. Audio is delive red to a remote captioner, who liste n s to the content and
respeaks into voice recognition software.
3. The text of the classroom discussion is delivered to the student's laptop.
4. Notes are emailed to the student afte r the class.
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