EDTC Learning Project

The importance of deaf culture!

This week, I decided to learn about deaf culture instead of learning a few new signs. I just felt that I should be able to educate myself about deaf culture instead of just learning ASL as a ‘cute’ project. I feel that it would almost be cultural appropriation of me to not learn about the culture.

The first website that I went to was by Healthy Hearing and it was called “The importance of Deaf Culture.”  What I gathered from this website was that communication doesn’t always have to be verbal. I really enjoyed this quote because when we as humans think of communication we tend to think of language and orally talking to each other. At least this was what I thought. I realize that deaf culture is entirely its own community in its own amazing way. I think what some people don’t realize is that some people are happy being deaf.

Another really interesting thing I learned is that ASL is not the same throughout multiple countries or regions. Lots of people think that ASL is just hand gestures and English but it’s really not. Like different countries, there are different languages and this is the same for ASL. Sign language also has different grammar, accents, rhythms, word order, and rules for pronunciation.

The second website that I went to was called Start ASL- Deaf Culture.

In this website, I found some of the important values of deaf culture. There were language, speech, socializing, and literature. All of these concepts are considered very important in deaf culture.

What I really took from these two websites was that people of the deaf culture don’t want others to think of them as having a disability.

Here are some facts about deaf culture that you may not know:

  1. 9 out of 10 infants are born to hearing parents.
  2. Sign language is different between countries and regions.
  3. Deaf people listen with their eyes.
  4. Not speaking is highly valued in deaf culture.
  5. The term “hard or hearing” is considered negatively in deaf culture.
EDTC 300

Our World Is Tech Based

I have come to the realization that technology is a part of our world and it will continue to be. We all know that in the past, technology hasn’t been as prominent as it is now. There was cellphones and computers but what we can do with them now, is completely different from what they could do in the past. Before this class, I was aware that people have a digital citizenship. I am definitely more aware of what it is now, especially from taking this class.

As I was reading the “Digital Citizenship Education in Saskatchewan Schools” article, I understood what it means to have a digital citizenship in the classroom. It really helped me to realize my part as a teacher in teaching digital citizenship and my own part as a digital citizen. There was a quote from this article that really displays the concept of digital citizenship is someone wasn’t sure about it. I really like it because it informs the readers about moving forward in a world based on digital citizenship.

“Digital Citizenship is more than just a teaching tool, it is a way to prepare students for a society full of technology,” by Dr. Mike Ribble.

Reading this quote as made me think about the challenges of teaching digital citizenship in schools. We all know that technology is becoming more evident in schools these days. The thing that I have trouble understanding, is how can we allow our students to develop their own identity through technology. My first thought took me to blog posts because a student can develop their own ideas and thoughts from this. Now that I think about it, students can create their own digital identities in multiple different forms. Blog posts, youtube videos, assignments, and so on. The tough part that I find, is trying to teach this to the younger students. While in my internship, all the students from K-5 had their own chrome book to use. I noticed that the younger students had a harder time logging in and getting on to the chrome books. It took them a significant amount of time to do this. It required a lot of assistance. I do understand that children won’t and don’t always have to create their digital identity through certain technology alone. When working with he younger students, how can we get them to develop their digital citizenship when it is so time consuming. This something that I plan to research and to find out information as it is something that intrigues me.

I seen this picture online and I think it really gives an awesome idea to teaching digital citizenship in the classroom. One thing that I really plan to teach my students are these concepts. I feel that with this world being so technology based, students need to learn the importance of protecting themselves on the internet.

Retrieved from: https://www.heathwood.org/academics/digital-citizenship

ECCU 400

Disrupting Systemic Racism

Right after the Gerald Stanley trial happened, I went home that weekend. I was having a rather intense debate with my dad about the trial and the results. Prior to this, I was feeling quite uneasy about the entire thing. I had my opinions and thoughts and everyone else had theirs. I wasn’t exactly sure what to believe and how to believe it. So when I went home, and I had this debate with my dad, it opened up my eyes to the whole thing. Now my father is a white settler farmer just like Gerald Stanley. And in no means was my father protecting Gerald, but he did see his side of the story. Now to set the record straight, my dad never thought that what Gerald Stanley did was okay. He did however believe that this whole thing wasn’t about race. He claimed that if a bunch of white young men and women came on his land trying to steal things, he wasn’t exactly sure what he would do as well. The thing that I had trouble with was how all my friends back at school were very incredibly upset about the whole thing, while back at home (still also upset) but with a different point of view. To be honest, I wasn’t sure who to believe.

I decided at that point that I would gather the facts about the whole case. Once I did this, it put my mind a little at ease as to what my own thoughts and opinions were. I explained to my dad that it in fact was racism happening and that Indigenous people don’t have the same rights as we do. I think this put a little perspective into him as he did go quiet for a bit and think about what I had said to him. After that we talked a lot the trial and the facts behind the trial. Things started to make sense. I think for me (as a white settler educator) I need to understand the racism in this entire trial. I do think the best way to do it though is to go by the facts. The facts are that a person was still killed and this is NOT okay.

As I was talking to my dad, I was really trying to educate him on the systemic racism that happens in our world. At first he was a little defensive and not wanting to understand what I was saying. I think eventually he did come around and understand a bit better. What I am really trying to get at, is that we need to educate ourselves and others on this matter. I am glad that I stood my ground and shared all the things that I knew about this idea. I think it is so very important to educate others on this and to make sure that we can move forward towards reconciliation. So what will I do to move forward in my communities? I will educate, I will stand my ground, I will speak the truth, I will gather the facts, and I will try to work towards disrupting systemic racism because we all know it is surrounding us on a daily basis.

Indigenous peoples deserve to have the same rights as everyone else.

EDTC Learning Project

Colours Galore!

Okay guys, here is my video for this week. I thought I would be neat and add some music too the video this time. I also wanted to switch up my style and do a silent video instead of me talking in the video.

I wasn’t sure as to what to learn this week for my learning project. I decided colours was a good idea because we use colours a lot in everyday life. As I started making this video, I realized that some of the colours were way harder to duplicate than others. I also noticed that when using my “SignSchool” app, some of the colours had more than one sign so I wasn’t sure as to what sign I should use. I will definitely have to do some more research and figure out why there are more than one sign for some colours. Another thing I noticed when learning the signs from the app was that they didn’t have a sign for the colour green. I had to actually turn to youtube and find the sign for green. So Im not too sure why the app didn’t have green on it.

As I was learning the signs, I also noticed that remembering multiple colours was slightly tough. I would forget some of the colours signs, and then have to go back and rewatch the video from the app. I think that the more that I watched the videos, the more I learned the signs as well. On the app, they actually had more than just colours for that topic. They had signs for #dark, #light, #gold and so on. I figured that I didnt want to push it too much and try and learn to much. This week was really fun learning the colours!

If anyone has any ideas for me for next time, feel free to comment. I am always looking for some awesome ideas.

EDTC 300

youtube is scary….yet amazing

As I was watching the video on youtube, I came to the realization that the world of youtube is scary but also amazing. If you think in a broad sense about what has came from youtube it’s incredible. People have been discovered as amazing talented singers (aka. Justin Bieber). Some have created very negative videos, while others have made people feel amazing and beautiful.

when I first turned to youtube, I was quite young and impressionable. What I first started to watch was makeup artists create tutorials on how to do makeup. This really intrigued me. I started to follow more and more people in the beauty world. This made me really enjoy the world of makeup and aesthetics. I enjoyed it so much that I would go out and get makeup and practice putting it on like the people in the videos. It made me fall in love with youtube because it was the only thing that I typically watched.

On the other hand, youtube has had an immense impact on my life as well. I remember watching the Amanda Todd videos shortly after she killed herself and the media was in a scramble. I remember thinking that her story was so incredibly terrifying and painful. Now to bring it back to the video, I am sure that Amanda Todd’s story got millions of views in a short amount of time. I think its just incredible to realize how our world uses the advances that we have.

We talked in class about how people become famous from youtube or how people can make youtube a place to cry out for help. I remember just recently when Logan Paul put a video on youtube about going to the “suicide forest” in Japan and seeing a man who had just recently committed suicide. The internet was in an absolute frenzy because Logan decided to make this video and not take the fact seriously that a man lost his life and a family lost their child. It just really measures me that our world has changed so much, even since I was a child. Youtube only came out when I was fairly young. There was nothing like this before.

Don’t get me wrong, I think that technology is an amazing thing that we have in todays society. I also believe that what we do with it and how we use it is another story. I believe that technology such as youtube is being integrated into society more and more. As a teacher, I personally think it is my job to help students prepare for the future ahead, and to do this, I think that technology plays a huge role.

EDTC 300


So this week I participated in a education chat called #5thchat. When I seen this I assumed it would be content based for grade five (or the upper elementary) but it was actually quite different than I thought. The chat was very centred around student engagement. I really enjoy this topic so I was really excited to do this chat.

Since this was my first chat, I didn’t really know what to expect. Everyone started out by introducing themselves on the chat. I thought this was nice because I was able to get to know lots of other fellow educators. After the introductions, we started out with the first question. Typically when answering each of the questions, I liked to wait for others to respond first, but I didn’t want to get behind so I tried to answer right away. I also found myself, looking at other peoples answers as well, because I was worried my answers wouldn’t be that good as all the other educators were full time teachers. Once I got through the first couple questions, I started to become more comfortable and just gave my honest answers. I even found some people retweeting my answers which was nice.

I found that I actually gained a lot of awesome resources from this ed chat. Since the topic was on engagement, a lot of the questions focused on some ideas of engagement in the classroom. Many of the other educators gave lots of resources and ideas which was really nice. I felt that I was able to give some ideas but not a ton as I haven’t been in the classroom as long. I would definitely do another chat again. I really enjoyed the topic of this chat and did feel comfortable with writing about it.

ECCU 400

Cultural Appropriation

As I was listening to the presentation about cultural appropriation, I thought back about a time that I experienced this first hand. I went to a k-12 school in Gull Lake. In my grade three year, I remember that we had a specific day of school where we were to dress up like another culture. Maybe this was for halloween, or maybe it was a “culture day” in school. Either way, the task was to dress up as someone else. Well I came to school in a traditional Chinese robe that my mother had handmade for me. I wore white face paint and put my hair in a traditional Chinese style. What I remember about that day was that I actually won a prize for best costume.

Now did I really know at the time that I was being culturally inappropriate? Probably not as I was about 8 years old. Something that I really took from the presentation, was that we are human and we make mistakes sometimes. It is so very important to own up to those mistakes and to recognize that you did something wrong. So essentially this is me saying that I recognize that by dressing up in a traditional Chinese robe was inappropriate.

When I look back on this memory, I realize that I wasn’t the only one was using cultural appropriation. When I said earlier that I won a prize for best costume, I think it goes to show that my school was participating in cultural appropriation as well. They gave me a prize for wearing this outfit that was sacred to Chinese culture. Like mentioned in the presentation, and in “Indigenous Writes,” we need to do our research and make sure we know about what is sacred or not in culture. We gave the example in class about the eagle feather. The same thing could be said about wearing a traditional Chinese robe. I think with this situation, it just takes me being aware that what I did was not okay. Yes, I was a young child and didn’t really know any better. Now as an adult, I can take this situation and what I have learned and use it towards my students or my own children in the future.

I think learning about cultural appropriation has helped guide and influence my own miskasowin a bit. I can understand and be more aware of the things that I do and say now that I know about cultural appropriation.

EDTC Learning Project

Hi my name is H-a-i-l-i-e


This week I learned how to say “Hi my name is Hailie,” and “Nice to meet you.”

I realized:

  • It was harder than I thought to learn a phrase.
  • Its especially hard to learn two phrases and then get all the signs down.
  • I mixed up some of the signs of each phrase
  • Take it nice and easy
  • Practice, Practice, Practice

So here is my video…. excuse my face… not sure why it starts like that! haha

So as you could tell from the video, I did screw up on making my letter “a.” I found it difficult to get all the hand and finger movements right because some of them are quite complicated! I truly think that practice makes perfect in this situation and to just keep trying it until you feel completely comfortable with it.

So I decided to branch away from my app this week and try some videos to learn from. The two videos I used were:

  1. “Greetings in ASL” 
  2. “ASL- nice to meet you” 

I found using the youtube videos were fairly easy as (like the app) I could always go back and rematch the video until I understood it fully. I did watch a few videos to make sure that the signs I was learning were correct!

One really interesting thing I learned while learning how to sign my name was that, someone who isn’t from deaf culture (me) would sign their name with each individual letter. There is such a thing as sign names and this is where a special sign is invented for you personally from someone of the deaf culture. It is typically related to your name somehow and gestures a body movement! Some people have several name signs for them from multiple different deaf communities.