TERC develops SigningAvatar® technology to enable deaf and hard of hearing students to learn Earth Science terms and definitions


Cambridge, MA – Led by Principal Investigator Judy Vesel, a TERC research group has designed and created an illustrated and interactive 3D dictionary for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.  The Signing Earth Science Dictionary (SESD) includes 750 key Earth Science terms and is the first tool of its kind to bring high school Earth Science learning to life using characters that sign. It is powered by Vcom3D’s SigningAvatar® technology and incorporates interactive features that support Universal Design for Learning. As such, it provides members of the target population with the language support they need to access Earth Science content delivered on the web, via electronic media, in hard copy and in conversation.

To download the rest of this article and learn more about the Signing Earth Science Dictionary (SESD), please visit the TERC Newsroom article Breaking Barriers.

Signing Earth Science Dictionary
Signing Earth Science Dictionary

About TERC – For more than forty years, TERC (originally standing for Technical Education Research Centers) has been introducing millions of students throughout the United States to the exciting and rewarding worlds of math and science learning. Led by a group of experienced, forward-thinking math and science professionals, TERC is an independent, research-based organization dedicated to engaging and inspiring all students through stimulating curricula and programs designed to develop the knowledge and skills they need to ask questions, solve problems, and expand their opportunities.