A Summer Class Exploring Computer Science with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students ISLAND 2023
From Mary Albert
The purpose of this research project was to design, deliver, and assess the content and methodology of an introductory course focused on the block-based coding language, Scratch, for educators of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. Prior work by The Playful Learning Lab examined various STEM resources and their effect on student perception of STEM topics and content retention when utilized for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. Previous research has shown that computer science and programming resources and curricula available today are not fully accessible for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. Educators and teachers are faced with creating adaptations themselves, often limited by time constraints (Ladner, 2020). The purpose of the Summer 2023 Playing with Coding course is to provide the background knowledge and content to educators of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students so they are able to explore the possibility of teaching the programming language in their own classrooms. Through the course of our research and participant survey reflections, we hope to determine effective methods and resources that educators can successfully use to teach the Scratch programming language to Deaf and Hard of Hearing students.