MMS Messaging – Can Video Conversations Increase Collaboration among Deaf Educators
Wednesday, March 31 6:00 PM-7:30 PM Location: Pavillion
Abstract: This poster presentation will demonstrate how MMS Video Messaging on an Apple iPhone can be used to conduct conversations in American Sign Language (ASL) rather than through traditional text messaging in English. For many Deaf educators, ASL is the language of choice, but until recently communication exchanges required more permanent ‘video stations’ with a webcam and a computer. Now, video chatting can occur in real time on a cell phone. In addition to showing the process, this poster will highlight uses in the field for this technology such as for mentoring between seasoned and new teachers who are Deaf. As a preliminary study, two MMS equipped phones were given to Deaf educators and the usage was tracked. Survey data will be shared.