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Learning ASL- Final Assignment Post

Hey everyone!

I cant believe we are at the end of this semester and finalizing up some assignments and the courses! This semester learning ASL as my learning project has been really incredible. I feel like I have really expanded my knowledege as a teacher and learner from this class. Coming into this class, I had a basic knowledge of technology and even ASL. I have learned a few ASL words from when I worked in a daycare. I was able to learn a few basic words and teach them to my daycare toddlers so that we could mainly communicate during meal times.

I have used a variety of websites, apps and twitter followers to get all my information for my learning project.

Week 1: Lets Get to Learning

  • In this weeks blog post, I really just explain what project I am going to do.

I came to the conclusion that I wanted to learn ASL for two reasons:

1) I think learning this may be useful in my next years of teaching and 2) ASL is a special form of communication for a wide range of people around the world.

I started with downloading a variety of apps, as well as setting goals for each week. Some of these goals were met, and some were not!

Week 2: Watch me Struggle to Remember the Alphabet 

In this weeks learning post, I did actually learn the full alphabet in ASL.

My video was posted to youtube.

Week 3: Hi my name is H-A-I-L-I-E 

In this weeks video, I learned how to finger spell my name. Here is my video so you guys can rewatch it if you want to. I also just used Photobooth on my mac to create this video and then I uploaded it to youtube.

I also explained a bit about the process, saying that it was harder than I thought to learn a phrase.

Week 4: Colours Galore

This week I learned how to sign some different colours. My video link is here to watch it again.

Wow was this post difficult because I had to memorize all the different colours and the different signs to go with them!

Week 5: the importance of deal culture 

This week, I wont lie to you, I was feeling a bit sluggish and didnt feel like creating a video so I learned a bit about deaf culture instead. Which I still believe is important because I dont think its appropriate to just want to use sign language without knowing its importance. I used Healthy Hearing to research the importance of deaf culture. I also used Start ASL- deaf culture to learn about Signing and deaf culture.

In this post, I then gave some facts about deaf culture.

Week 6: Surprise! 

This week I decided to take things in a new direction and surprise my roommates with some ASL phrases that I have been learning. Here is the video for it. I found this weeks post probably the most fun out of them all because I was able to do the learning with my friends and have fun with it.

week 7: Get your ASL in Gear 

This week, I learned some new ASL sign but in phrases. I must say that this weeks was a tough one because I learned multiple different phrases and so I had to remember each phrase and each sign to go with them. I also created a fun video this week using I-movie so I found this weeks to be a fun week also. Video.

Week 8: Mid Semester Blues 

So I think my heading says it all because during this week, I was so run down and exhausted. Even though this was the case, I was still able to create another video using Screen Castify. The video talks about different resources you can find for learning ASL along with all the different websites and videos I used in the video.

Week 9: Kick that ASL in the Class. 

In this weeks learning post, I learned a ton of different classroom signs. I really enjoyed this one because I was able to play around with the video editing portion and create a cool video using Videorama. Here is the link to this video. 

Week 10: A story about my family 

This is the last learning post for the semester. I wanted to end the semester with a nice video on family signs because I feel like I have had so much support from my family these last four years of my degree. so here is my video link where you will see me sign some cool family signs in a cool video used on Adobe Clip.

Here is a list of all the apps that I used to create my videos: 

As I was going through each of my posts for this project post, I realized that my first few blog posts were very boring and lame! As the weeks went by I tried to experiement more with my videos and making my blog posts a fun and exciting place. I want people to read them so I had to make them interesting.

I also would say that this learning project is such a fantastic idea for students in university and students in a classroom in elementary, middle school or high school. I will definitely be taking this idea and transfering it to my own classroom some day. I also think that the process of doing this learning project is really great to show students. I was able to look back at all my posts and realize how far I have come and all the different things that I have learned!

So here we have it! The final assignment is almost done. Thank you to all my fellow classmates and Katia for making this semester such a cool and exciting one. I have learned so much about some seriously cool apps and websites. I also felt like I learned a lot about cyberbullying with Carol Todd and about myself as a online educator.

 

 

 

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A story about my family!

This week is something new as per usual. I decided to learn signs this week about family. This weeks learning post was pretty easy. I basically just watched a video on youtube, learned those signs, created my story and recorded it. Bing Bang Boom Done!

I decided to do family signs this week with it being the last week of school left. I feel like I have been so supported lately by my family and so I wanted to learn some signs about the most important people in my life.

The video that I used to memeorize the signs was called “Family Signs in ASL,” on youtube. I found that this was an awesome video because he goes over the signs multiple times nice and slowly. I would highly reccomend anyone follow his youtube channel.

I used the app “Adobe Clip” to create the videos. I basically recorded each clip by itself and then put them together in the correct order on the app. It is such an easy app to use and super user friendly. I also added music to my video right from the app. You click the Music icon at the top and it will give you a bunch of different options. Pick your choice and it will insert it into the video wherever you want. You can also choose how loud you want it on your video. Mine has talking so I didnt want to drown out my talking with the music!

So here is my video

Ps. Ive been having trouble lately with getting my video directly onto the post so you will just have to go watch it on youtube. Sorry guys!

 

 

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Kick that ASL in the class!

So this week I decided to take some common words used in school and learn them in ASL. I started out by researching online some common words used in schools. The first website that came up is quite a popular and common one. It is called “Signing Savvy.” I have definitely used this website before because it is so great. One thing that I LOVE about this website is that you can type in any word that you are wanting to sign, and it will come showing you a video of how to sign that word. I was essentially able to just search my words and copy the signing from the video. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!!

Here is my cool video that I actually created from a different video editor this week. The video editor that I used was called Videorama. This is so cool because I just downloaded it to my phone and it was super easy to maneuver. I took the videos of myself on my phone, transfered them to the app, and added text, filters, and music to the video that are all included on the app! Might I just say that this app is FREE! Who doesnt love free stuff really?

You will notice in the video that I have been able to add text to this video which is something that I havent been able to do before… always trying to improve! Incase you missed it, here are the words that I used in the order of them presented:

  1. Teacher
  2. Teach
  3. Chair
  4. Try
  5. Write
  6. Book
  7. Read
  8. Finish
  9. School
  10. Student
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Mid Semester Blues!

Hi friends! This week (like stated in my video) was a long and tough one. I have felt pretty burnt out this last week and decided to do another video but differently than I typically do. I didnt actually learn any ASL signs but, I did gather lot’s of different sources and ideas for others to use when learning ASL. I think that as part of a learning project, I shouldnt confine myself to only learning new signs. I think it is just as important to learn sources and other aspects of ASL. So this week, I gathered a ton of sources and ideas (like mentioned before) to create my learning project. Lots of others can use these cites as well when learning ASL or learning how to teach it to children.

I used “Screencastify” to create this video which I found was super cool! I really enjoyed using it but it did take some time to figure out. So if you are having trouble too, I created my video, downloaded it to my desktop and then put it on youtube.

For some reason, I copy and paste the link for my video on here but another video shows up in its place, so not sure why that is happening. You may notice this weird line below this sentence….. click on it to watch my video because not sure why the other way wont work. Classic technology hey! Oh well!

Here are all the website links from my video:

  1. School Health – benefits of using sign language in your classroom 
  2. Education Week Teacher- solving common classroom problems 
  3. Start signing- why kids should learn sign language 
  4. The best apps for learning sign language
  5. Youtube- 25 basic ASL signs for beginners 
  6. Youtube- Sign language 101-lesson 1 
  7. Twitter- AmericanSignLanguage- @learn_a_s_l 
  8. Twitter- Gallaudet University- @GallaudetU 
  9. Facebook- Ai-Media 

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Get Your ASL in Gear!

Reflection:

The process of learning ASL has been a lot more complicated than I actually expected. I find it difficult to know what to learn each week in an organized way. I almost wish their was an app or website that tells you exactly what to learn week by week to make you fluent in ASL. I have definitely learned that for a person to learn ASL, it takes a considerable amount of time. I don’t even think I have cracked 0.0002% of ASL culture! This “Fluent in 3 months” website actually gives an awesome insight into all the different things that people need to take into consideration when learning ASL. I think as a teacher, I even find it hard to organize the content and figure out what to learn first and then what comes next etc. I definitely plan on keeping learning ASL and trying new things!

Here are 5 reasons from the website “eLearning Industry” that describes why Learning Sign Language is so important! Check it out!

This week:

As my video states, this week I did something a bit new and different than the previous weeks. I try and keep things a bit interesting for my readers! Like teaching, no one wants to learn something the same exact way every time… Boring! So this week to create my learning project, I researched some common ASL phrases. The first website that came up was called, “Signing Savvy.” It was an awesome website that gave me several different phrases and a video to go with each phrase which I found very helpful. I then picked a phrase, learned it and took pictures of myself creating that sign. When I put the pictures all together in IMovie, it made one long video! Ps. I use I-movie for most of my videos and I love it! So easy to add your own music and create videos!

I created three total ASL phrases in the video! The first one was from Signing Savvy and it says, “I am learning Sign Language.” The second one was from the website “Start ASL” and I signed “My name is  Hailie.” The third one was from the website “Life Print” and I signed, “Today is Sunday.” So all those signs are in the order of the video in case you wanted to follow along! Hope you enjoy!

Ps. I am in no way an expert when it comes to signing so I may do something wrong unintentionally! After all, this is a “learning” project!

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Surprise!!

Learning ASL is WAY harder than I ever thought it would be. This week I did some online searching. I wanted to see if there were only certain ASL phrases or if if you have your own phrase do you finger spell it? FYI, I never did find this out yet. Still trying to research it and see.

So this is how I feel about learning ASL right now……

Also here is my video for this. It is a bit different than the others so I hope you enjoy!

Here are the words that I signed in the video:

  1. Cool
  2. Oh I see
  3. Thank You
  4. Yes
  5. Hello

PS. The app that I used to create my video was called Adobe Clip and I found it so easy to use and best of all…. ITS FREE!

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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.
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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.

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Hi my name is H-a-i-l-i-e

Update:

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.

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Watch me struggle to remember the alphabet……

Hi guys, so this week, I focused on learning the alphabet in sign language. I was on my way home from Regina to my hometown for the weekend with my mom. I have the “sign school” app that shows me the letter and it’s sign. My mom and I went through each letter individually and tried to really just figure out each sign. Once we got a few signs down, we would try and go back and do the sign without looking at the picture. This is basically how I learnt the alphabet in sign language. I found doing this actually quite easy and really fun. It took me about a day of practicing and learning to finally get it.

I created a video and posted it to youtube to show that I can sign the alphabet and numbers from 1-10.

Click this link to watch my video

What topic should I learn next?

a) Household

b) Clothing

c) food