Summary of Learning

Six weeks was truly was too short for this class, I wish it would have been longer because I know my learning is not finished. But here is my Summary of Learning for EDTC 300. I have four takeaways:

  1. Twitter and building my PLN
  2. Creating a positive digital identity
  3. The importance of teaching about cyberbullying in the classroom
  4. My ASL learning project

I would just like to point out how technology can be our best friends but also our enemies. When creating my summary of learning I decided I wanted to try Powtoon, but I learned at 3 minutes I could only create 3 minutes unless I wanted to pay for the membership. So, I had to create three separate Powtoon slides, record my voice to make sure it was all in sequence, screencastify my slides one by one, move to iMovie, and finally having to re-record my voice because it would not move over and sounded bad when I would use the microphone on screencastify. After almost working on this project for over 15 hours it was finished. Unfortunately, I did try and try to get it under 7 minutes but I could not. So, I hope being 18 seconds over is okay 🙂

Here is the script for my video:

Hello, I am Danielle Kelln and welcome to my summary of learning for EDTC 300. Before University, the only technology and social media that I was really aware of was Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. However, with my Twitter account, I had no idea how to use it or what its purpose was for. Going into my first ECS 110 class, I was told: “you will need a WordPress.” A what!? What is blogging?? What are you asking me to do?! I was so scared and confused to move out of my comfort zone with social media and try blogging. But as I went on, with blogging it seemed okay, and I did get used to it. I used blogging for so many of my education classes like ECS 100, 110, 200, and 210.

So here I was walking into EDTC 300 thinking I would be okay. Well, I was wrong, Katia threw so much new technology and concepts at us in the first couple of weeks, I was scared. You may be wondering what was thrown my way so sit back and let me tell you a few things that stuck out to me. First Katia told us we would be video chatting on Zoom, which I had never even heard of. Then went on to say we would be blogging each week, creating our own learning project, and tweeting daily. I learned about creating a Personal Learning Network (PLN), which I never knew I could meet and connect with so many people that share the same interests as I do. I finally learned what a hashtag was really meant for and how it could help me connect with so many others. Also, educational chats, you can’t forget about those!! On Twitter, I became an active participant by sharing resources to my fellow EDTC friends, retweeting others, and using hashtags. By creating a bio and highlighting who I am, what I am passionate about, using different hashtags, and joining different chats I was able to grow my Personal Learning Network (PLN). Which is, a group of people or organization that I have connected with. Once Katia threw us right into #saskedchat to get us understanding Twitter better I was finally able to understand Twitter and how useful it is. I even joined in on more saskedchats and the newteachertribe chat.

I began to see how important keeping a positive digital identity is. It was interesting to see what we do online is still connected to what we do offline. I think we all have one identity and we need to be aware of what we post online because if we leave a negative digital footprint, it could hurt us in the future for possible jobs. I enjoyed learning how important keeping a positive digital identity was and how many employers look at our digital identity when thinking about hiring us, which is why Katia helped open my eyes to the importance of creating an e-portfolio compared to handing in a paper resume to an employer. So throughout the semester while working on my class blogs, and learning project, I started to work on my e-portfolio. I created a teaching philosophy, a section for future lesson plans I showed my I believe statements, professional development, and more. Through my ECE 325 class, I was able to receive a site visit from the Government of Saskatchewan and for in my ECS 200 class a completion of 20 for my community-based service learning. If anyone would like to follow my blog or read any of blogs here is the link.

In the article The IRL Fetish, Nathan Jergenson makes the point how we never really turn off social media. He says “Social media is more than something we log into; it is something we carry within us. We can’t log off”. For myself, I was never taught about creating a positive digital identity until EDTC300. But for my students, it is my job to teach them. I need to have an understanding of all the different social media and technology that is out there. I can only do so much for my students while they are inside the classroom, so it is important to teach the students how to be safe online and the importance of being safe online, so when they are outside of the classroom, they continue to be safe. But it is important for educators not to just ignore and take away the technology, but instead, teach the students to use them properly.

After digital identity, we started to discuss digital citizenship and cyberbullying. But as we have seen in many cases, once technology is involved so can cyberbullying. With the hopes of talking about being safe and discussing cyberbullying with the students, they will not participate in cyberbullying while using technology. In class, we talked about the Amanda Todd case and how this is an important example of cyberbullying that we could show our students. It shows the importance of teaching students to be safe online and why they need to think before they post, share, and make their presence online. Just like in the TED Talk we watched and Monica Lewinsky states “With every click. We make a choice. The more we saturate our culture with public shaming, the more accepted it is, the more we see cyberbullying…” We need to use these real-life examples to show students how wrong cyberbullying is. If students never get taught about cyberbullying they many never realize how wrong or in trouble they will get if cyberbullying someone. Teachers need to be aware of the cyberbullying that may be going on in their classroom. Which is why they need to create a safe environment so students experiencing cyberbullying will feel comfortable enough to talk about it. Hopefully, with talking about cyberbullying in the classroom, the students will not cyberbully outside of the classroom.

So my three major takeaways were Twitter, learning about digital identity, and the importance of teaching about cyberbullying within the classroom. But the number one thing that stood out to me compared to any other university class that I have taken was that I got to decide my own learning for a portion of this class. I decided to learn ASL because I thought it was a beautiful language and it would be beneficial in the classroom. I have learned so much throughout my learning project that I ever connected with the co-founder of the ASL App that I was using to learn from the check out my signing and had a conversation with one of my classmates.

For myself being a future educator, I am responsible for the learning of students, which is why I need to become aware of technology and the positive ways it can be used inside the classroom. I  was nervous for EDTC 300 because I did not know that much about technology. I know for many of my students’ parents they will be fearful about me bring technology into the classroom. So I will use the knowledge that I have learned throughout the semester to show these parents how important technology is for their children. We need to face the reality that technology is not going anywhere, so we better start getting comfortable with it. I suggest to anyone wanting to learn about technology, to take this class.

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Contributing to Others

On the first day of class, we were all warned that we would have to create a blog post on the contribution to our fellow classmates. I feel for many of us we were contributing but not documenting when we did. This was the case for me, I was contributing to many of my classmates throughout the semester on our Google+ Community, Twitter, through blogging, and our class lectures on Zoom, but I completely forgot while I was doing all of this to screenshot what I was doing so when this blog came around I had everything in order. So after class when Katia reminded us I hurried throughout all of these places to screenshot all that I have contributed to my classmates. I have really learned a lot throughout this class, thanks to Katia and my other EDTC learners. I would not have been able to learn all that I have without the help from everyone in the class and I want to highlight where I have contributed to the learner of others!

Google+ Community 

In the Google+ community, this is where anyone who was asking a question could ask and where we could give our feedback and answers. I commented on many of my classmates’ discussion posts when I could answer or where I was able to give my insight/feedback. When I first created my about page I wanted to ensure that it looked professional so I reached out to my EDTC classmates to get their insight and when my classmates did the same I would let them know how I thought their WordPress was looking. I always tried to answer questions when someone had one, or encourage anyone who posted on Google+ that they were doing a great job 🙂

            

           

            

        

Twitter 

Another huge part of this class was Twitter, and building my Personal Learning Network. While I was building my own PLN, I was also contributing to their PLN. We were given the task to Tweet at least twice a day – the first sharing a resource with my fellow classmates and the second is replying to someone’s Tweet. I shared many resources throughout the semester and replied and commented to many of my classmates. I felt I was contributing to my classmates learning because I would be sharing resources that I found would benefit us all as pre-service teachers. Also, I would reply and encourage their learning, and I also participated in different educational chats throughout the semester where I used our class hashtag #edtc300  to allow my classmates to see what I was up too. When participating in different chats over Twitter, I noticed many of my other classmates were there too, which is where I could contribute to their learning throughout these chats as well. I also retweeted many helpful tips and resources others shared so my classmates could see them as well. I was also able to get advice, ask questions, and got replies from teachers around the world and with retweeting I allowed my fellow classmates to learn from these replies.

Blogging 

Throughout my blogging, I contributed to my classmates learning by commenting on their posts of encouragement and questions. I have gone through and picked the comments that I believe have contributed to the learning for my classmates. I would go through our Voices of EDTC300 and look through the different posts that my classmates created and where I would comment and contribute to their learning. I tried to motivate my classmates as much as I could because I know for myself the nice comments that I would receive motivated me to do more with my learning and to continue with my learning.

Overall, I really enjoyed my EDTC 300 experience. I learned a lot about technology and even where I am with my knowledge of technology and where I want to be when I am in a classroom.  I always helped my classmates whenever I could and encouraged them throughout their learning projects. I truly have loved my experience during EDTC 300 and I am grateful for all that I have learned, being able to contribute to my classmates learning, and my classmates contributing to my own learning.

That’s a wrap!

Well, the time has come to wrap up my ASL learning project for EDTC 300, I am sad having to write this post, but I know my learning will continue after the class. From the beginning when I signed up for EDTC 300, I knew that I wanted to pick ASL for my learning project. I had many reasons I chose American Sign Language (ASL), (Taken June 24th, 2018 but may be changed due to Wikipedia) the first being I fell in love with the show Switched At Birth, (Taken June 24th, 2018 but may be changed due to Wikipedia) I thought the language was beautiful, and since I am going in to become an educator I thought it would be beneficial. I realized just how important and beneficial learning ASL would be, after an encounter at a school one day when I was subbing as an EA, and the teacher asked me if I knew any sign and I had to say no, so with confusion they swapped everyone schedule so one of the EAs that did know sign could work with the student. From that moment I knew when EDTC 300 comes around and I have to pick my learning project it is going to be ASL for sure. If I have a student that needs ASL or I encounter someone who uses ASL, I will be able to communicate with more people. I love expanding my knowledge and learning a new language which helps me communicate with more people.

What my Goal was 

When I started my ASL learning project, I set a goal of learning the basics (ABC’s & numbers), commonly used words, and not so common words that could come up in conversation. I was able to stick with this goal, I first learned the numbers 1-50, then went onto the ABC’s, and after I learned common words that can be used in conversation. However, I was not able to achieve my goal, of learning not so common words that could come up in a conversation, I never realized how hard learning ASL would be and just how fast six weeks would go with learning. It is a good thing that I am going to continue my learning after class so I can learn not so common words that would come up in communication. At the end of the semester, I gave myself the goal of wanting to sign a song or create a brief conversation that I could sign. I am proud to say I was able to achieve this goal! I was able to learn O Canada in ASL and even went the extra mile to have a conversation in ASL with another one of my classmates who was also learning ASL for her learning project.

The Technology I used

I used many different apps and websites throughout my learning project, the one app I relied heavily on was the ASL App. I really enjoyed the ASL App and found it easy to follow along with while learning. I do suggest, to anyone that is wanting to learn ASL to download this app. It is nice that you can slow down the video to help get the hang of the finger/hand movement to be able to sign the word. I did get through all of the sections on the ASL App without purchasing, the ASL App Pack. Once I am done with EDTC 300, I want to continue my learning, so I plan on purchasing the pack.

I relied on iMovie to help create my videos of my learning. I would record myself on photobooth and move the recording over to iMovie, where I edited the video and created one long video of my learning.

For many of my weekly learnings, I used the ASL App, but I also downloaded two other apps onto my phone: SignSchool and ASL Kids. I found SignSchool really easy to navigate throughout. I enjoyed how the app gave you a sign of the day and three different tools that you could pick from such as the dictionary, letters and numbers, and topics. For each of the tools, there is a bunch of options to pick from which I found to be really helpful for people who are wanting to learn. I enjoyed this app because once I was done learning the signs there is a review option I can choose and it showed me a sign and gave me options to pick as to what sign it was. This also helps out with not only knowing how to sign but also to recognize others signing.

I did play around with the ASL Kids app to see if I could learn from it. However, I did not take anything from it. I did see potential with this app for my future classroom since it was easy to navigate and it allows children to learn signs. There is a section that is called play, which is where the students can watch a child sign, and afterwards, have to decide what that sign was. This is great for memory since it helps the user be able to know what others are signing to them, not just being able to sign themselves. There is a downfall to this app which was it only gave the user so many words to learn in ASL and once they are done learning the signs they must pay $2.79 to add 87 more words. There are some people that would not want to pay for more signs which may turn them away from using this app, however, if in a classroom a student needed ASL this app would be beneficial for them and would make logical sense to purchase more of the signs.

I looked at different YouTube videos to learn from. I learned some basics from 25 Basic ASL Signs For Beginners | Learn ASL American Sign Language. As well, I learned O Canada over a YouTube video. I found YouTube to be a great resource, to learn anything you type in what you are wanting and I guarantee there is a video to help you learn. If someone does not have access to a cellphone to download apps, I suggest looking at YouTube videos to help you learn ASL.

Finally, I also looked at a few different websites to help learn some of the words I was wanting throughout my learning project. I used the website Handspeak, ASL teacher resources, and lifeprint throughout my Canada learning experience to learn the sign for some of the words  I was wanting. All these websites were helpful for learning the words I wanted, I did not play around with them in depth to see how they were for learning ASL, but from the little bit, I was on them they were helpful and suggest looking into these websites if wanting to learn ASL.

I never realized, how much I could learn just from technology, there are so many websites, apps, and different resources out there to learn anything. I do still think it is beneficial to learn from reading a book but with technology becoming so integrated into our society it only makes sense to learn from technology compared to looking through a book. I really enjoyed being able to pick and choose what I wanted to learn and at what pace I wanted to learn it. It was scary at first videotaping myself for others to watch, but eventually, I thought it was so interesting how with just a camera and YouTube  I could share what I have learned with others.

The Progress I made

Week 1: Choosing my learning project – ASL

  • Deciding to learn ASL.
  • Explaining where I was at with my learning – which was I knew no ASL.
  • Setting a goal for myself throughout my learning project.
  • The resources that I will use and how I will show my progress in learning ASL.

Week 2:  Numbers

  • Numbers 1 – 50

Week 3: The Alphabet

  • The alphabet with shoulder

Week 4: Universal Gestures and Greetings

  • Universal Gestures: Time, Call, Drink, Eat, Type, Text, Write, Picture, Walk, Run
  • Greetings: Hello, What’s Up?, Alright, Bad, Fine, Good, Goodbye, Yes, No

Week 5: The Basics

  • Five W’s- What, Why, Where, Who, and When?, How, Deaf, Hearing, Me, You, Them, They, My, Your, Friends, Want, Like, Thank You, You will learn signs, My name is… Danielle, What is your name?, Paper and Pen please, Paper and Pen please? You sign fast!!, Say again?, What’d you say?, I know only a few signs, I know a little fingerspelling, I want to learn more signs, Why are you learning ASL?, Are you Deaf?, I am hearing, How are you, Where are you from?, I am from… Regina, That’s my friend, Is that your friend? Where do you work?, He/She said…, Will I see you again?, I will see you again, Nice meeting you, See you later, Understand, I don’t understand, How do you sign?, What is the sign for…?, Don’t, Want/ Don’t want, Have, Do you want to meet up?, Asking me, Asking others, Others asking others, Meet, Will we meet up?, Hard-of-hearing, Again, Are you deaf?, Please sign slowly, Sorry, How do you sign ___ point at it___?, How do you sign ____ fingerspelling?

Week 6: O Canada and Stereotypical Canadian things

  • O Canada Anthem
  • Double double, Hockey, Moose, Beaver, Sorry, Toonie, Loonie, Hat/Toque, Bunny Hug, Maple Syrup, Pop.

Extra Learning: Conversation with Ashley Osachoff

  • Hello, what is your name?
  • My name is Danielle.
  • I am hearing too. I know only a few signs.
  • I am good, how about you?
  • Where are you from?
  • I am from Regina.
  • Nice meeting you. See you later.

All together

So look back on all I have learned in the past six weeks is amazing, I am really proud of myself for all I have learned. To start the learning project I knew zero ASL so I was going into this clueless, so from learning all I have I would say I did pretty well. In six weeks I was able to learn:

I really enjoyed being able to learn such a beautiful language and learn at my own pace. I will continue to learn throughout the years, I know I will never be fluent as there are so many words to know. But if I can have a conversation with an ASL user, I am happy. Also to know that if I sub as an EA again, I can confidently say I do know some sign or when I have a classroom of my own and have a student that uses ASL I have a baseline for it and can communicate and work with them. Best of all, if I have a student that uses ASL, I can continue to use technology to help me learn, but I can also use my student to help teach me more! I cannot say it enough, I have loved learning ASL and will never stop with my learning.

My Five Takeaways

  1. Learning online was a great experience. I knew I could learn online, but I never realized how much resources there are online that I can learn from. I did not realize I would be able to learn so much ASL as I did just from the few apps, YouTube videos, and websites I looked through. Putting into google – I want to learn ASL, so much will pop up that you will be able to communicate in ASL in no time. As well, even though I never communicated with people in person, I was able to communicate with many people over the internet through learning ASL and the rest of my learning in EDTC 300.
  2. YouTube is a great resource to incorporate into the classroom. Before this learning project I never really went to YouTube to learn new things, but YouTube became a lifesaver. I realized the great potential that YouTube can have in a classroom and that even though the internet can be scary sometimes, it can also do wonders in the classroom for assistance. YouTube is a great resource when wanting to learn online which is why I think it is a great resource to bring into the classroom and allow students to access.
  3. The ASL App became my best friend. If it were not for this app on my phone, I do not know where I would be at the end of my learning. I was able to learn so much and will continue to learn from this app. I even connected with the co-founder of the app over Twitter to check out the learning that I have done in ASL.                                                                       
  4.  ASL is not an easy language to learn. Whoever said learning another language was easy, was terribly wrong. But it is even harder to learn a language where there is no verbal communication involved. I had to work constantly at moving my fingers and getting from what is in my brain to get my fingers and hand to do that. It was stressful at some points during this learning project, but I pushed through and was able to learn so much. I am so happy to have learned some ASL that I could communicate with someone who is a user of ASL.
  5. Do not be afraid of the idea of deciding your own learning project. For myself, I knew exactly what I wanted to learn, but for many people I talked with, they were scared to pick because we never get the opportunity to pick what we learn throughout our university classes. But DO NOT be scared, pick something that you want to learn and that you will have fun doing. That is the best suggestion I am able to give someone that is thinking about taking EDTC 300.

Continuing To Expand My Knowledge

I am sure many of you thought I was done with my learning and was going to wrap up my blogging. Well, I am back! 🙂 This past week, Ashley Osachoff reached over to me via Twitter and asked if I wanted to collaborate with her to have a conversation in ASL.

I thought why not, Katia suggested to me to try collaborating with someone in the class that was learning ASL or reach out to ASL users on Twitter to check out my blog. I reached out to the cfounder of the ASL App, and now I have collaborated with someone from my class!

Throughout chatting Ashley and I decided to have our conversation over Zoom since we have become familiar with Zoom over the course of the semester. For myself, I was able to learn how to create my own Zoom room, host a meeting, and how to record over Zoom. Before we recorded, we created a google document, with the conversation we would have, this was so we could practice since we are both not fluent it made sense to know what one another was going to sign so we knew how to reply properly.

I knew many of the words that we were going to be using since in a previous week I learned them for the week. But while practicing I learned that Ashley was not aware of the signs for many of the words that we were going to be using so she asked me what app or website  I was using, so I suggest she download the ASL App because it has been a lifesaver for me throughout my learning project!

I hope Ashley was just as nervous about creating the conversation as I was. I was scared to have a conversation since I did not think my signing was good enough to communicate with someone else. But I went with the conversation, and it turned out to be great. I found having a conversation with someone else increased my confidence in signing. I practiced a lot before going into my conversation with Ashley, just because I wanted to make sure I knew the signs and the conversation would go smoothly.

Throughout our conversation, I was actually able to watch Ashley and know what she was signing even without the conversation beside me, which I thought was a great accomplishment. I was now able to sign a bit, but also understand what others were signing. I am so glad that Ashley reached out to me to create a conversation in ASL. Thank you for the conversation and expanding my learning in ASL! I suggest you all go check out Ashley Osachoff’s blog and watch her learning in ASL. Also, give her a follow on Twitter since in class we have been working on creating our Personal Learning Network (PLN) and to check out all she has tweeted!

I Can Finally Code!!

This week I was able to experience my first ever coding, I learned through and completed an hour on One Hour Code. Of course, when I logged and saw that I could code Frozen, it was a no-brainer what I was going to pick! So off I started with level 1, I was able to figure out the first few levels, but once they began to get harder and more complicated there were times I was frustrated and just wanted to give up!! But I worked through it and ended up completing my hour.

One Hour Code is created for beginners to learn how to code. I found the website to be easy to navigate through and was both helpful and fun. I think when teaching students to code, this is a great resource to use to get them coding.

I decided to go with the blocks to code for my first time compared to using JavaScript, but once you have completed a level, you can look at the JavaScript and see the coding you created.

There were a few times throughout my coding that I struggled and was confused as to what I was supposed to do. This is a beginner level coding so it is a bit easier and I was struggling I cannot imagine trying to code something in JavaScript! However, with practice and continuing the tutorials I hope to be able to code in JavaScript soon.

Level 20 was so much fun! I was able to create my own coding without following any instructions. I can see kids having a blast with this level since each student can create something unique that they are able to show off to their classmates. I recommend to any teacher that is wanting to teach their students code, to use this website. It is so much fun, easy to follow along and use, and the tutorials are things that students know and have seen!

Once I was done my Frozen tutorial, I received a certificate to show off the completion of my hour of coding. It was nice to receive something to show my hard work, students will go crazy over receiving a certificate, that they will instantly show their parents once they get home! I really enjoyed this experience and will definitely be using this website in my classroom someday!

Twitter in the Classroom

This week Kelsey, Laura, and I collaborated together to present the pros and cons of using Twitter within the classroom. Throughout this post, we will have a conversation with a teacher, parent, and principal. The teacher strongly believes in the use of Twitter and technology within the classroom to further students learning and digital identity. While the parent is concerned about the use of Twitter and technology within the classroom for privacy and cyberbullying reasons. You can check out the conversation between the teacher, principal, and parent on this google document.

We found many websites that helped argue as to why Twitter should be used in the classroom. There are many websites that you can give concerned parents, here are a few that we found:

Picture retrieved from here.

We have also found various websites that will help students, parents and teachers with ways to prevent Cyberbullying. We researched cyberbullying and found many resources that can be useful.

Cyberbullying is becoming a more prominent aspect within schools that can cause immense pain and stress on students. The advancement of technology and social media has led to a rise in online bullying.  Cyberbullying is important to understand because many teachers never know when their students are being bullied. The danger of cyberbullying lies in the underlying factor that many parents and teachers never know about it. One of the major bullying factors that we are familiar with in schools is Ask.fm. Ask.fm took cyberbullying to a whole new level because it allowed people to bully each other without knowing who it was. It enabled students to bully their peers by anonymously posting disturbing and harmful things on their peer’s accounts. This type of cyberbullying is something that needs to be acknowledged by teachers and is something that needs to be better addressed. We have done some research in regards to cyberbullying and have found several online resources that will help students, parents, and teachers in being able to further prevent cyberbullying from happening in schools or in their personal lives.

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How Twitter is positively used in the classroom:

While certain aspects of Twitter are labelled as “bad” or “harmful” Twitter also provides a wide range of positive elements as well. Twitter offers a wide range of information in order to support multiple types of research in education. It is a useful tool to find information from multiple sources. There are hundreds of thousands of people on twitter and many of these individuals are from educational sectors. Twitter is diverse as it offers different perspectives on issues coming from people from diverse occupations and backgrounds. Twitter is worldwide, therefore these perspectives come from a very large audience. If someone is having an argument or rant on twitter they have to narrow their opinion down in under 280 characters. This means that Twitter gets right to the point due to the limited characters you are able to post. Furthermore, people on twitter are either linking articles to read or posting their opinion. You don’t have to read through a lengthy opinion of someone before getting to the point of their post so it is therefore labelled, instant. Twitter is also considered to be easy access for many individuals who are seeking educational resources, advice, or ideas for their classrooms. There are many different types of educational articles that can be found by following different educational profiles. These profiles can be current or upcoming teachers, professors, supervisors, principles or others. Individuals are able to gain a wide range of information and guidance off of Twitter that can be used in their lives or in their classrooms.


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During last week’s class, we talked a lot about cyberbullying and the ways in which it harms students. With the rise in social media, there has subsequently also been an increase in cyberbullying. Online bullying is something that needs to be properly addressed and we must learn ways to help prevent it from happening. We were able to gain a lot of valuable information that we implemented into our discussion post for this week. One of the elements that we talked a lot about as a group was how we as teachers can help prevent cyberbullying from happening. We thought it was a good idea to incorporate the resources that we were able to find online. These resources are something that will help future and current educators. We believe that with the help of these resources it will help prevent cyberbullying from happening in classrooms. Being able to learn and become more knowledgeable about ways to prevent it from happening is one of the steps that will help both students and teachers. Kelsey, Laura, and I  were all interested in learning more about cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is something that is happening in schools and something that all of us need to be aware of. We hope you enjoyed our post!

O Canada

For my last learning project, I decided that I would jump ahead of learning the basics, to learning a song. When I started this learning project, I wanted my last post to be signing a song or creating a  conversation. However, I did not realize how much I needed to learn, if there were more weeks in the class I may have learned more, but I know, I am still going to continue to learn ASL once EDTC 300 is done.

When thinking about what song I wanted to sign, I took a lot of time thinking. I have seen people do random songs, or songs that are meaningful to them, but then it just clicked, and I thought why not learn O Canada so when I have a classroom of my own it can be another way we sing it! So off I went and learned O Canada. While learning O Canada I found a great YouTube video that went step by step to learn, and I also ventured out and tried using the google chrome extension Screencastify to show you the video I used while signing myself.

I thought as the last learning project, and continuing with the Canadian theme, I would learn some stereotypical things/sayings that are put onto Canada. I thought it would be fun to learn about them and also to teach my students when I have a classroom. I took from various websites the different words I learned such as Hockey and Moose I learned from the app Sign school, which I have used before during my learning project. I was also able to find other websites you can learn ASL from such as Handspeak, ASL teacher resources, and lifeprint. I learned that for toonie and loonie there is no sign for them, so I needed to spell them out. The words bunny hug and maple syrup had no distinct sign, so I combined the words bunny and hug, and the sign maple and spelling syrup together to create the words. I am so happy with all the resources that are out there to learn ASL and for anyone wanting to learn ASL all you have to do is google and you can learn!

 

 

 

Overall, I have enjoyed learning ASL and am sad that this class is coming to an end. I cannot wait to continue my learning and hopefully be able to have a full conversation with ASL users in the future.