Welcome to Kool Kidz Vidz !

Your students have valuable insights to share with other students!

How It Works

Teacher Tools members can select students who are interested in sharing their insights with other kids with hearing loss. They can be hearing aid users, cochlear implant users, communicators via sign language or cued speech. In other words, any students with hearing loss! Videos can also be recorded with young adults in college. Are you a young teacher of the deaf with a hearing loss who could be a role model? You too can submit a Kool Kidz Video!

  1. Select interested student(s) who are old enough to understand that the video will be shared with other students who have hearing loss (i.e., age 6 and older). These videos will be recorded and made available in accordance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA) meaning that to protect a child’s identity, no real names or ages will be shared, nor will the name of the school, city or state (school grade may be mentioned). Video of DHH student pairs is permitted.
  2. Discuss with your students the potential questions, issues, experiences they would like to have filmed
  3. Obtain written parent consent using the provided SSCHL consent form: English consent form . Spanish consent form .
  4. Keep one the original signed parent consent and send a scanned copy via email to teachertools@successforkidswithhearingloss.com

Note: Teacher Tools reserves the right to request that a video be changed if there is a possible violation of the COPPA Act or other significant concerns with the content or quality of the video.

  1. Record the video using your iPad, video camera, laptop, Smart Phone or other device (mp4).YouTube quality is the goal; a professional-grade video is not expected!
  2. Once you have completed the final version send it to teachertools@successforkidswithhearingloss.com for review and uploading.
  3. You will then be emailed your coupon code worth $50 off your next Supporting Success order.


Parent consent: No Kool Kidz Vidz video can be used without signed and parent consent. Teachers may provide the parents with a copy of the video. The parent can keep a copy of their child’s video if they desire. English consent form . Spanish consent form .

Sharing: The teacher cannot upload the video to any school or personal website, FaceBook or email it to anyone for any purpose. The only exception is to provide the video to the parent for review, as desired.

Length: Videos should be at least 3 minutes and not exceed 10 minutes in length. Ideal length is 5-6 minutes.

Topics: For the video to be accepted for upload students should describe their experiences, challenges, solutions, triumphs and feelings as they relate to their selected topic. Any/some/all of the bulleted items listed below can be discussed in one video. Keep it positive!

Style: The concept is for the student to be sharing their experiences and insights with other students.

  • Although occasional teacher prompting is acceptable, the student should be prepared to talk about the topic independently, preferably not in an interview format.
  • Students should be encouraged to look into the camera (i.e., keep eye contact with the blue camera light) so that the other students watching will feel a connection with the speaker.
  • It is a good idea to do some practice videos before the final version is submitted. Transcripts will be made of the videos and will be provided as visual support to those watching and for instructional purposes so perfect speech intelligibility is not required.

Submitting Videos: Once your Kool Kidz video has been completed, email teachertools@successforkidswithhearingloss.com with the full mp4 video file. Contact us for any concerns about sending the video file. In addition, it is suggested that the teacher submit a minimum of 5 discussion questions that they would suggest be used by other teachers when they show the video. Drafting these questions may be a valuable review activity to perform with the student who was filmed.

Benefit to Teachers:  In addition to involving your student(s) in an enriching activity that hones their concept of self-advocacy and other skills, teachers who have one or more Kool Kidz Vidz accepted and uploaded to Teacher Tools will receive a coupon code for $50 off their next Supporting Success order.

Kool Kidz Vidz TOPICS Encourage students to share their experiences . Focus on the positives.

The following are suggested topics. If your student wants to talk about something else and it is information that will be helpful to DHH peers, then go for it!

Acceptance by Others

  • Share a story about something another kid said to you about your hearing devices. How did you respond? How did it make you feel? What could you have said to show that you aren’t going to let their words make you feel bad about your hearing devices or yourself?
  • Share an experience, ie, “This one kid annoyed me because he said X,Y,Z. What would a teacher do if I told her about it? She let the kid still say it, so that isn’t fair! So I said, “Q,R,S” to him, and he finally went away.”

If you use sign language or cued speech to communicate, how do other kids or teachers react to you? What have you done to “break the ice” and make friends with hearing kids? Share some experiences about when you successfully communicated with your teachers and you felt like they really understood what you meant.

  • What have you done when a teacher or someone has not understood the impact of your hearing loss and has made comments like, “Well, he heard me say his name, so I assumed he could hear everything I was saying” or “It seems like he can hear fine.” Or “He just was not listening”? How else could you react when this happens to help them understand?
  • Sometimes hearing kids mention or point out the hearing aids or cochlear implants and this makes kids with hearing loss feel embarrassed. When someone points out your hearing devices, what do you say to yourself so you don’t feel embarrassed? What can you say to encourage other kids with hearing loss to feel okay about wearing their hearing devices?
  • How do you educate other people about your hearing loss and what you need to listen/learn/communicate? Give examples of times you have done this.

Responding to Challenging Communication Situations in School

  • Share some of your most challenging classroom listening situations and why they are frustrating. What do you do when this happens to you? What would you like to do different (if anything)? It would really help if ______.

Share a story about challenges understanding what classmates say. What did you do when you had a hard time hearing them? What could you do different? I need to remember that _______

  • Tell about situations in which you do not hear much or all of what was said. How do you feel when this happens? How do you handle this? Share a situation when you handled it really well and felt really good about it!
  • Share how you feel when teacher(s) do not follow the needed accommodations (like not wearing the FM, passing the mic, or repeating class discussions)? What can you do/say to address this…?
  • Sometimes people think that preferential seating is all that they need to do for you to hear just like the other kids. What is preferential seating to you? Is it different due to the subject/course, the class size, shape, the teacher and teaching style? What could you say to a teacher to get them to allow you to pick your own spot to sit?
  • Many kids really know what kind of accommodations help them in school and which ones do not. How do you let your teacher(s) know what you need in order to hear/understand or communicate your best?

Use of FM/DM Hearing Technology

  • Share an experience about using your FM in school. How would/do you handle it when the FM isn’t being used correctly, such as sharing a story about your teacher not using your FM system (including not using a pass around mic during discussion). What did you do? What would you have liked to do?
  • Some students choose to not use FM in the classroom. Why did you choose this? Did you do so for all classes/situations? What must you do differently when you are not using the FM (your added responsibilities)?
  • Share a time when a substitute or regular teacher refused to wear the FM or made you feel stupid because you didn’t hear what he/she said. What could you have done to prevent this from happening? If it does happen, what are some ways you can handle it? How can you be assertive in letting the teacher know what you need and why you deserve to hear your best through the FM?
  • Share a time when your teacher passed the mic and what a difference it made. Describe how other accommodations really help you. Share what you say or do to encourage your teachers to do these things.

Responding to Challenging Communication Situations at Home or in Social Situations

Share about what helps you hear better in social situations and what your friends do to help you when you have missed something. How do you remind them to make it easier for you to communicate? Role play examples.

  • What are the most difficult social issues you experience because you have a hearing loss? How do you respond or wish you could respond at those times?
  • Some kids find sports or after school activities to be the socially lonely. How has being involved in sports/activities with kids that don’t have a hearing loss made you feel? What have you done to make it easier to get along and make friends with other kids when there are challenges communicating? Role play examples. What technology or accommodations have made a difference for you in participating in sports/activities?
  • What kind of hearing technology has made a difference for you at home, social situations or when you are out in the community? If you use sign language, what strategies have helped you communicate in these situations? What do you say to other people so they know what you need to understand your best? Role play examples.
  • What is one thing you would like your friends or family to understand about what it is like to have a hearing loss? How do you think you could help them understand or what have you tried to help them understand? What would be better if the “got it”?
  • Many kids come from homes where their family does not speak English. How has this made it hard for you as a kid with hearing loss? It helps me when my family ­_______. What I would really like my family to understand is ­­­_________. Share an experience about using hearing technology or sign language and how it is different at home than in school. What would you like to see changed?

Knowledge is Power

  • Share what you know about your hearing loss, hearing devices, and the accommodations that work best for you. Role-play what you could say to a new teacher to let them know about your hearing and communication needs.
  • Share how it makes you feel knowing that no one else in your class (grade, school) wears hearing devices. Why is it hard? Why is it okay? What would you like to say or share with a younger kid with hearing loss to make them feel okay/better about being the only one to use hearing devices in their grade or school?
  • Share what you would like my classmates and teachers to know about having a hearing loss.
  • How many other kids do you know with hearing loss? Are you friends? Why or why not? Why do you think it is important to connect with other kids who use hearing devices and/or who communicate like you do?
  • If you use sign language, what do you like about using an interpreter in the classroom? What don’t you like? If you could change something about being the only kid in your class to use sign language and an interpreter, what would it be? Why?

Focus on the Positives

  • What is something positive about having a hearing loss? What do you like about having a hearing loss? What is cool about having a hearing loss?
  • What interests you? What cool hobbies do you have? What is cool about you? Does having a hearing loss get in your way at all? If so, what do you do?
  • What do you imagine yourself doing in the future? What college or profession are they interested in? What do you think you may need to do differently than others in your college or profession because you have a hearing loss (use devices, use sign language, etc.)?
  • Do you know an adult who has hearing loss, uses hearing devices, sign language or cued speech? How have they inspired you? What is something important you have learned from this person?
  • How do you think having a hearing loss has made you a stronger person?

Questions? Email teachertools@successforkidswithhearingloss.com

Thank you for your interest in Kool Kidz Vidz and making our aloner/solitaire/one-and-only students benefit from the insights of other students with hearing loss.

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