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ASL Clear

Through a competitive, multi-year contract with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), Boston University is collaborating with CRT 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. 

Chart displaying Concept - Lecture - Term - Definition

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. We 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.

Current List of Topics

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

Technology

  • Introduction to Technology

Engineering

  • Engineering Design Process

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
  • 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
  • Introduction to Technology
  • Engineering Design Process
  • Angles
  • Base10
  • Circles
  • Exponents
  • Factorization
  • Fractions
  • Functions
  • Geometry
  • Graphing
  • Linear Graphing & Equations
  • Perimeter, Area, & Volume
  • Pythagorean Theorem
  • Quadrilaterals
  • Real Number System
  • Rounding
  • Ratios
  • Triangles

This is what ASL Clear video content looks like. We are describing and giving a summary of ASL Clear here, which is to help students and more.