This paper opens with an overview of the ways in which videotape inspires gifted hearing-impaired children to "totally communicate" their feelings and reactions. The author speculates on the existence of a "camera/communication reflex" wherein the children, having viewed their peers on TV communicating animatedly in varying environments will do so themselves when in those environments as well as in the process of presenting videotapes of themselves in those environments.

The balance of the paper explains the manner in which videotape can be used with a group of gifted hearing-impaired children to enhance the curriculum. The concept of a class presidential election (part of the social studies curriculum) is explored, and the election campaign detailed. The culminating activity, a videotaped debate between the two presidential candidates, is described as well as the "communicatory" activities which ensued.


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