Popular App “Glides” Into Fanwood

IMG_3029On October 29th, the Glide app spokesperson, Sarah Snow, (more popularly known as Sarah Glide) visited with Fanwood students and gave a “School-To-Work” workshop. Sarah and her team shared details about why and how the app was created, and why is continues to grow more and more popular.

Glide is a mobile video messaging app that streams video messages, live or recorded, between mobile devices. The app allows for messages to be watched live, or viewed later, if the sender permits. This app is extremely popular in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities because it is all about visual communication.

Glide’s mission is to “transcend the boundaries of human communication through the power and personality of live video messaging.” New York School for the Deaf wholeheartedly supports this initiative.IMG_2965

The students asked thought provoking questions about the app’s creation process and challenges along the way.  One student asked how Glide got it’s name. Great question! Glide was named because of the seemingly effortless way in which it allows for communication: it’s as smooth as gliding!

While Glide wasIMG_3053 not created for any specific group of users, it is most widely utilized by people in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.  Upon realizing this, Glide teamed up with deaf professionals around the world to get feedback on changes that could be made to make the app even more accessible for the deaf community users. Sarah said was that she would bring this idea back to the product team to see if captioning could be implemented in 1:1 messages at some point in the future. She also captions the videos she creates to sends to users.

Thank you to Glide, Sarah, and her amazing team.  The students loved the presentation…as well as their Glide hats and shirts!  Click here for more pictures.

 

Fanwood Students Appear on “The Sunny Side Up Show”!

DSC_0563Exciting news! New York School for the Deaf was invited to participate in a filming of NBC’s Sprout Network’s “Sunny Side Up Show“! Last week, the show’s theme was all about different types of languages, and one of the episodes feature ASL.

The show’s producers asked our students to teach the characters on the Show some ASL, and to lead the TV audience in signing the show’s Birthday Song.  In addition to filming, students had the opportunity to tour the studio.

 

The people from the Sprout network absolutely loved working with our students and commented on how “well-behaved, kind, interested, and fun” each of them are.

To view the “Sunny Side Up Show” featuring ASL and Fanwood students click on the YouTube links below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=caeLhQdXjq8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ew9hhibUmaY

Click HERE for pictures.

“School to Work” Workshop with GLIDE Inventor, Sarah Snow!

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Exciting news! On October 29th, the creator of the very popular app, Glide, is coming to Fanwood!

Glide is a mobile video messaging app that streams video messages, live or recorded, between mobile devices. The app allows for messages to be watched live, or viewed later, if the sender permits. This app is extremely popular in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities because it is all about visual communication. Glide allows for quick and direct communication.

Sarah Snow, creator of Glide, will give a workshop about how she invented the app and how it became popular and remains popular.

The GLIDE workshop is On Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 1:30pm. This event is open to Fanwood students and parents.  Please click here to RSVP by no later than Monday, October 26, 2015.

Playground Ribbon Cutting a Success! Thank You To All NYSD Supporters!

IMG_1633On Friday, October 16th, friends, supporters, community members, students, and staff members gathered in the middle of campus to celebrate the arrival of their long-awaited new playground.

THANK YOU to all donors for your steadfast support. This dream became a reality because of you. We truly appreciate each and every one of our donors, but wish to give special recognition to the following:

The Thomas and Agnes Carvel FoundationIMG_1986
The DeGregoria family in memory of Laura DeGregoria ‘93
Hon. Suzi Oppenheimer
Dixie & David David DeLuca
Westchester Emergency Communications Association
Louis M. Klein MS Students and Mr. Steve Goodstein
The Hyde and Watson Foundation
St. David’s School Students and Mr. Nick Imbelli
Forest Hills High School Students and Ms. Dawn DeRisi
Suffern High School Deaf Awareness Club
Marie & Peter DeLuca
Jean & Peter Sullivan
Xerox Community Involvement Program
Fanwood Alumni Association
Fanwood Alumni Association Basketball Team
McRae Family Dental
KOMPAN Playgrounds
Every child desIMG_1712erves and needs a safe, accessible place to play and your support made this possible.

After a welcome and introductions by Superintendent, Ronald Stern, Ed.D, NYSD Trustee, Dixie DeLuca shared a few words of appreciation for the IMG_1812many fundraisers, donors, and supporters.  Class of 1977 almnus, and current staff member, Linda Mosca-Ginis shared the history and memories of what used to take place on the field where the new playground is located.

Before the ribbon was officially cut, our adorable students explained to the guests how IMG_2020excited they were to finally have a safe, and FUN place to play.

Special thanks to Whole Foods Market of White Plains for the refreshments.

We look forward to years of fun, laughter, and learning taking place on this playground!

CLICK HERE FOR GREAT PICTURES FROM THE PLAYGROUND RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY

Fanwood Students To Appear on NBC’s Sprout Network’s “Sunny Side Up Show”!

IMG_20151014_125301013Exciting news! New York School for the Deaf has been invited to participate in a filming of NBC’s Sprout Network’s “Sunny Side Up Show“! This week, the show’s theme is all about different types of languages, and tomorrow’s episode will feature ASL.

Last week, the show’s producers reached out to us looking for students to teach the characters on the Show some ASL, and to lead the TV audience in signing the show’s Birthday Song.

Today, a group of students and staff members went to NBC Studios to film the episode that will air tomorrow.  In addition to filming, students had the opportunity to tour the studio, and will be mentioned on Sprout’s various social media platforms.

What a great experience and opportunity! “The Sunny Side Up Show” episode will air tomorrow at 9:00am on NBC’s Sprout Network.

For more information about the show, visit:  http://www.sproutonline.com/shows/sunny-side

Playground Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – You’re Invited!

PlaygroundRibbonCuttingCeremonyBannerThe construction of our new playground is finally completed and we very much look forward to seeing the children at play!  To celebrate the playground, and the generosity of our donors, we would like to invite you to an official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

Date: Friday, October 16, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: New York School for the Deaf
555 Knollwood Road, White Plains, NY 10589

At that time, we will unveil our donor plaque so we can publicly acknowledge the many generous contributions.  Light refreshments will be served.  We truly hope you will be able to join us.

RSVP to Arlene Rice at arice@nysd.net VP 914 259 8022, or 914 481 8209.

Superdeafy, John Maucere, Takes Fanwood By Storm!

On ThIMG_0732ursday, October 8th, students were thrilled to welcome well-known performer and ASL Storyteller, John Maucere, to Fanwood.

John spent the day at Fanwood performing for students from pre-k through high school. His performances were inspirational, thought provoking, and entertaining.  The students were very engaged and participated fully in the show. As a young IMG_0444man, John had an unrelenting desire to make a movie.  He vividly described the roadblocks along the 15 year journey.  He never gave up and his dream to make a movie came true in 2013 with No Ordinary Hero: The Superdeafy Movie.  He asked the students to do the same by never giving up on their personal goals.

At the end of the performance, he did not run out the door, but rather stayed to participate in the students’ Homecoming Pep Rally.  After the Pep Rally, he even stayed to do an interview with a student for their news program. John was so giving of his time and talent and we had an amazing day with him! Click Here For More Great Pictures.

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