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.
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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!

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.

ASL – The Basics!

This week for my learning project I finished learning off the on The ASL App up until having to purchase signs, I focused on the basics, and anything that I did not learn from the app I took from the YouTube video – 25 basic ASL Signs for Beginners | Learn ASL American Sign Language.

      

     

I am becoming more confident in my signing throughout the weeks. I found signing the basics was a bit easier than previous weeks of signing, I feel this is because I am becoming more confident and gaining the muscle memory to moving my fingers. I also enjoyed this week how I was able to use some of the previous signs I have learned to use in the weeks learning project. I was able to spell my name and spell where I was from during this weeks.

 

I have really enjoyed using the ASL App throughout my learning project. But, to learn more signs, I will have to buy the pack to get the rest of the signs. However, looking through the pack, there are a few I can download which are Colours, Nyle’s Sampler, Sign and Vote!, and All About Sports. I have downloaded the sections and hope to either learn them during my learning project or afterward.  Once I am finished my learning project I know I am going to continue with my learning and purchase the pack so I can learn all I can. However, I do want to research more and learn from different apps/websites so I will not be purchasing the pack just yet. I think it is beneficial for myself to see where else I can learn from. By learning from other places, I may be able to connect more with ASL users and have them comment on my learning project.

I have contacted the Cofounders of the ASL App to go and look at my learning project and let me know what she thinks. She even commented the ASL App Twitter account o look at my learning project and see how it is going. I have truly become in love with Twitter and how I can connect with some many people through just one social media. I am glad to be taking EDTC 300 because I have grown my PLN, connected with so many people I would never have, learned some ASL, and gaining so much knowledge in technology that I can use in the classroom.

I have loved learning ASL, and I am so glad that I chose to learn it for my learning project. ASL has always been something I wanted to learn, so it was just perfect to pick it for this. I know I will not be fluent by the end of my learning project, but I will not stop learning after this, I will continue to learn and expand my knowledge. Even if I never have a student who is deaf or hard-of-hearing, I still have the knowledge in case I would. If anything, I will be able to have one more language I know and can communicate with others that use ASL.

I will branch out next week and learn off a different app/website/video that I find. I have to do some research to figure out what I want to learn so stay tuned to my page! 🙂

Hello, what’s up?

This week I branched off and learned universal gestures and greetings. I am happy that I am starting to get the muscle memory of using my fingers which has made this week a little easier to learn. However, there was still some words that were difficult to sign. Signing walk I found it hard to get my fingers to move the way I wanted to, it took a lot of practice to achieve being able to do it.

I have been dedicated to using the ASL App to help me through my journey of learning ASL. For anyone wanting to learn ASL, I recommend downloading this app. I have gone through every section expect the basics which I will be learning next week. As I continue to use this app, I understand why Twitter and Google both suggest using the ASL App. The app does help out learners since they can watch the videos as many times as needed, slow down the video to learn, and can decide how many words to learn at a time.

I also ventured out and looked into other apps that I could use to learn ASL. I found two apps – SignSchool and ASL Kids. I did play around with ASL Kids app to see what it was like, but I did not take any learning from it. However, when having a classroom, I will use this app because it is so easy to navigate and it allows children to learn sign as well. There is a section called play, where students can watch a child sign and after they have to pick what sign it is. This is great for memory because it not only helps out myself and students to have a conversation in ASL but also understand what someone is signing to us. The only downfall to this app is, you only get so many words to learn in sign language and have to pay $2.79 to add 87 more words. Even though some people will not want to pay to have this app, if there was a student in the classroom that needed ASL buying signing words that everyone can learn will help that student out, as well educate the other students in the class to learning another language.

I found SignSchool to be easy to navigate throughout. The app gives a sign of the day, and three tools to pick from the dictionary, letters and numbers, and topics. Within each of these tools, there is a bunch of options to pick from which is really helpful for people who are wanting to learn. For this learning project, I learned from greetings which I found under topics.  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 options to pick as to what sign it was. Again, this helps out with not only knowing how to sign but also to recognize others signing.

At the end of my video, I learned yes and no from the YouTube video 25 basic ASL Signs for Beginners | Learn ASL American Sign Language. I realized many of the other parts of this video geared towards having a conversation and overlaps with the basics in the ASL App. So, I will use the rest of this YouTube video and the ASL App to learn the basics/ conversation starters next week for my learning project.

Overall, I have enjoyed learning ASL, expanding my knowledge, and learning another language. Once I am done EDTC 300 I know my learning is not done so I will continue to learn ASL.

ASL – The ABC’s

After working on my getting my fingers moving with the numbers, I moved onto concurring the alphabets. It was a little bit easier getting my fingers to go the way I wanted them to, but it was still a challenge learning the alphabets since I am still working on the muscle memory of moving my fingers. From Thursday until Saturday I was practicing constantly and when recording myself it took many tries until it was right. I was getting frustrated with how in my brain I knew what I wanted but when it came to recording and moving my fingers it just would not connect. After many attempts, I was finally able to record myself signing the alphabets.

For my video, I used iMovie and played around with it so I could speed up my video. I found editing the video to be pretty easy to do so in the weeks to come I want to find another editing video app on my computer and attempt to learn how to use a new one as well.

I also used The ASL App to teach me the alphabets. I used this app to help teach me the numbers as well and I highly recommend it for anyone who is wanting to learn basic ASL. On this app, it shows you many different ways to recite the alphabet in ASL there is hand exercises, ABC with Face, ABC with Shoulders (which is what I decided to do), and say your name smoothly. I also like how this app gives you the option of pressing the turtle which will slow down the video to help learners follow along. At the beginning of learning the alphabet I did use the turtle to slow down the video so I could follow along and practice along the way.

       

       

I have enjoyed learning ASL so far and cannot wait to continue with my learning project and be able to know some sign that I can have a conversation with ASL users.

ASL – Know Your Numbers

For my first attempt at ASL (American Sign Language) I decided I would move learning the alphabet to next week and start with learning numbers 1 – 50. I can tell you that continuing to learn ASL will be a challenge but well worth it in the end, but hey what doesn’t take a little bit of a challenge to learn! I was frustrated throughout my videoing because I found my fingers would not work how I wanted them to. Before learning I did not realize that using my fingers to communicate would be that difficult, but jokes on me it was. Trying to remember which way my hand was to face and which fingers to move was hard. For myself, I speak English verbally and have just come to learn the muscle memory for my mouth and tongue to move the words I am wanting to say. But since I have never had to use my fingers to speak without words I do not have that muscle memory which I found to be difficult to do at the beginning. I hope that with the weeks to come I will build up my memory and become more able to move my fingers in a flowing motion.

I decided I would learn numbers first because I only have a few days to learn, practice, and record since I was away camping for the long weekend and did not have the best service to learn. But I also thought about how numbers are universal and when I am teaching a mathematics class and I have a student who is deaf I have the knowledge of numbers to use. As well even if I do not have a student from the deaf community I can always incorporate ASL numbers into a mathematics lesson to expand my students’ knowledge and allow them to learn a bit of another language while still staying on the task of mathematics. I used an app on my IPhone called: The ASL App which can be downloaded for free for anyone who is wanting to learn a little. I also used a YouTube video I found to help teach me 30 – 50. Throughout watching videos and doing the numbers I realized it was like a pattern the first number just changed depending on the tenths position that was used. I found this really interesting and is another great way to incorporate another language into the classroom as well as teach patterns in a new way.

picture of The ASL App

This coming week I am going to learn the alphabet. After learning the numbers I am very nervous to learn the alphabet and trying to get my fingers to move the way I want them to, but I will continue to practice until I am able to accomplish it.  I hope you all enjoyed my video and continue to watching my ASL learning project. I hope you all feel welcome to leave comments or suggestions!