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Excerpt: Calling All Students

On a visit to Mary Sue Boxer's class, you might find a Spanish-speaking deaf student calling her sister through a relay operator who speaks Spanish. In another class, a student may be sending an electronic mail (e-mail) message to his father. In still another, students take turns using a telephone line simulator to learn the basic parts of a telephone conversation: greeting and setting up the call, transacting the reason for the call, and closing. (A telephone line simulator allows two telecommunications devices to communicate without having to use a real telephone line.)

These are only a few of the many examples of telecommunications education at the Maryland School for the Deaf, which in 1980 began to incorporate telecommunications into its curriculum and is now updating its technology, instructional methods, and curriculum.

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