TECHNOLOGY is revolutionising education for deaf students, with the new Victorian Deaf Education Institute leading the charge.
The institute, which shares a St Kilda Rd home with the Victorian College of the Deaf, offers teacher training and is a base for research and using new technology to improve education.
Under a scheme being trialled in nine schools, a teacher speaks into a microphone that is converted by software into a caption, which is sent to the student’s iPad or laptop within seconds.
Research in 2010 found one in two deaf or hearing impaired students dropped out of school before Year 12.
Education Minister Martin Dixon said the State Government would give $9.2 million over four years to the Institute to improve hearing impaired people’s education.
He said Victoria’s 2760 deaf and hearing impaired students were not given the same educational opportunities as their peers which was ‘‘completely unacceptable’’.
Fifty teachers are taking a Master of Education (Hearing Impairment) at the Institute.