This week I again looked at the MSH Dictionary and looked at the category of food. I’ve found it interesting how many connections are made from past knowledge on previous words I have learned.
This week the weather and all the shopping sales with Black Friday coming up got me into the Christmas spirit. I decided to try to learn some Christmas Carols and I found this really cool article called Sign Language Christmas Songs and Carols that provide a list of songs and ways and places to look at them. I really liked this site because it provided a ton of resources all in one place. Some of the sites it provided were places that you could purchase resources which could be helpful for teachers if they were looking for resources for their classroom.
I checkout Signing Savvy again this week in order to learn how to sign Merry Christmas.
The Christmas Carol I attempted to learn this week was We Wish you a Merry Christmas. I found a YouTube video that helped me and I created a screencast to show you guys how I learned this week. Even though it wasn’t a great video it was one of the easier videos and songs to learn from. The song was easy to learn from as a lot of it is repeated. The video was the easiest video I saw as it was meant for children and went really slow.
This song was one of the easier songs I found to learn as a lot of the words are repeated and it goes fairly slowly. I was looking at a few other songs this week such as Jingle Bells and Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer and while they were good videos they were hard to learn from because they went a little too fast and they were sometimes hard to follow.
I also found a really good website called Baby Sign Language which had a lot of Christmas sign language flashcards that would be really helpful for a teacher to have in their classroom.
This week I checked out the Hour of Code option on Code.org. I checked out the Code with Anna and Elsa. I struggled a bit with it because I sometimes didn’t understand what I was supposed to be doing but once I got the hang of it, it seemed to work better for me. Also after reading Kylie’s post I decided to check out the Flappy Code and created my own game! The Flappy Code was very entertaining as I’m sure most of us played the actual game.
I found the coding to be a lot like a puzzle. You have to get it in the right spot for it just to work. I learned that if you don’t get the right code in the right place it won’t work. While I did find this coding activity pretty easy I did struggle with it a few times just trying to figure out how to make the design work. I honestly never even thought coding was important unless it was your job. I do think coding is important for student to learn how to do because it gives them a better idea of how things such as their apps, social media, games, etc. is created.
I think the coding we learned this week was fairly simple and straightforward but if I was to go try to code any more it would be a lot harder. I think the purpose of learning how to code it to teach students the ways that things are created and that it takes a lot of hard work.
I found some good article explaining why it is important to learn how to code. Check them out!
One thing I learned from the TedTalk this week is how having inclusion in the classroom can help students to become more accepting, understanding and compassionate. Watching Dan’s TedTalk he mentioned how a teacher had explained to him about a student who had come from a war torn country and how the students were accepting and wanted to help her learn because of his son.
Another thing I learned about based on reading Kelsey’s blog about one of her blog posts was about how homework could make students with a disability feel frustrated. I think this goes back to treating each student as an individual. If a student was struggling with math a teacher would modify an assignment for that student and it should be the same with a student with a disability.
One last thing that I learned is you don’t have to be ashamed to make a mistake while speaking to somebody with a disability. In Kelsey’s one blog post she mentioned the example of saying “see you later” to a person with impaired vision. I think it’s important to know it’s okay to make mistakes as long as people aren’t doing it on purpose.
One connection I have made is to my past school experience. When I was in grade three we had a new student who was blind move to our school. One thing I remember clearly is how he was held to the same standard in the way of how assignments were supposed to be completed. We were always supposed to write in complete sentences and when this student answered questions he would have to answer them in complete sentences.
Another connection I made was in terms how it can make students more accepting and compassionate. During recesses with this same student other students would offer to walk around and talk with him. It was always a lot of students who would want to do this at recess as we were all accepting of him and wanted him to feel welcomed in our class.
One question I still have it how can we help other students to become more accepting to a student with either a physical or learning disability?
This week in order to complete our blog post we were required to watch The Secret Path by Gord Downie. “Chanie was a young boy who died on October 22, 1966, walking the railroad tracks, trying to escape from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School to walk home. Chanie’s home was 400 miles away. He didn’t know that. He didn’t know where it was, nor know how to find it, but, like so many kids – more than anyone will be able to imagine – he tried. I never knew Chanie, the child his teachers misnamed Charlie, but I will always love him” (The Secret Path, Gord Downie).
One thing I learned during the panel discussion of the video was about the 60’s Scoop. This was something I just learned about only about a month ago. Tasha, who was apart of the panel discussion, was a survivor of the 60’s scoop mentions her parents were survivors of Residential Schools and were not fit to take care of her. Her experience was one that was not a common one as she had a very loving home she was placed in but she was taken away from her culture. One thing I didn’t know was how many children that were taken as there was as many as 20000-50000 children taken.
Another thing I learned is that just talking and listening isn’t reconciliation but there needs to be to understanding and a deeper impact to help to move on and learn about the past.
One last thing I learned is how when this panel discussion occurred that only 66% of Canadians had heard or read of Residential Schools and that only 40% of Canadians had hear about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It is mentioned that well this is a problem and needs to get to 100% it is a little encouraging as 90-95% of Canadians express interest in learning about the Indigenous People and Indigenous Culture.
One connection I made was with what Tasha was saying how she didn’t learn about Residential Schools until her late teens when she met her birth parents. While I learned about Indigenous People and the Indigenous Culture I didn’t learn much about Residential Schools until high school and even then it wasn’t a lot. I didn’t get much knowledge of the topic until I took Indigenous Studies in University.
Another connection I made is that fact that this is still happening. There are still people in our society that are directly and indirectly dealing with the affects of Residential Schools and we keep trying to say “Oh this happened a long time ago and we should move on.” As we saw the people on the panel discussion we some way indirectly or directly affected by Residential Schools so it’s very much prominent today and needs to continue to be talked and learned about.
One question I still have is how can we continue to be part of the resolution and how can we better incorporate the Truth and Reconciliation Commission into our classrooms?
This week I continued to use the ASL Dictionary and looked at the category of Nature. I have worked a lot with the ASL Dictionary app throughout the semester and it is an app that I would like to continue to use and it is one that I would definitely recommend to others. It has been very helpful to look at the categories and that it has a video provided with a spoken description of how to preform the sign. I really like how it goes slow and the video is preformed over again so you get a really good idea of how to preform the sign. Check out my video below to see the nature signs I learned this week.
This week I also decided to learn how to sign O Canada. When I was in elementary school I had a few teachers that would sign it doing the actual song but I was never taught. I would always try to follow along but I found it hard as I had not actual teaching on it. I figured learning how to sign Oh Canada would be a beneficial tool to have in the classroom.
This week I looked at this one website that provided a couple videos to use as tutorials which I did like but I did find that it went a little too fats for me for first learning how to sign Oh Canada. I found a vey helpful PDF that would be a good print out for a classroom. It provides the lyrics for O Canada and then the direct words that you would sign as well it provides diagrams for the signs. I checked out multiple videos this week to learn how to sign O Canada. Most of the videos were okay but they were a little too fast for me. Some of the videos I checked out included Oh Canada ASL, O’Canada, and O’Canada in ASL.
The video I actually learned from was O Canada learning how to sign with Jaclyn Paul. I really liked this video as it went really slow and taught a few signs at a time and then would go back over the signs until the video was complete.
I decided to do this week’s video as a screencastify because I wasn’t totally comfortable with signing O Canada and wanted to show you all the video I learned from as well.
Although I didn’t learn some of these signs I found a couple pintables that would be good to put up in the classroom.
The Fake News. It’s Complicated article provided me the terms that relate to fake news such as “misinformation (the inadvertent sharing of false information) and disinformation (the deliberate creation and sharing of information known to be false).” I think that a lot of people may share fake news without realizing it because they may not know that what they are sharing is fake. The Fake News. It’s Complicated article provides a really good chart that helps to explain the ways of Misinformation and Disinformation which you can see below.
The Fake News. It’s Complicated. article makes a really good statement “Every time we passively accept information without double-checking, or share a post, image or video before we’ve verified it, we’re adding to the noise and confusion. The ecosystem is now so polluted, we have to take responsibility for independently checking what we see online” (Wardle, 2017). I think that it would be important to teach our students to make sure they are that verifying their information in order to make sure they are not sharing fake news.
The Stanford Study article talks a lot about students and how they are easily tricked by online media sources that they cant tell are fake. There is a statement in the article that says, “Overall, young people’s ability to reason about the information on the Internet can be summed up in one word: bleak” (2016). The Stanford study gives a lot of example of ways to learn how to validate if a source is true or not. The article discusses the fact that news outlets may put out a fake article for more money saying, “Many news organizations have turned to native advertising as a source of revenue. By definition, native advertising tries to sell or promote a product in the guise of a news story. Native advertising makes it difficult for unsuspecting readers to know if and when there is an ulterior motive behind the information they encounter” (2016). Sources may put out news to get more attention in order to make more money and when people give them that attention they will keep doing what they are doing.
A lot of experiences I have had with fake news would be from social media and from fake movie announcements. I see a lot of fake news when it comes to celebrities and announcements from them. It would be important to address this in the classroom as it would be important to make sure that they have the ability to verify the information they believe to be true. We could teach the students to make sure they verify news they may find on social media. We could help students to know what news and media outlets are reliable and what ones should be verified. We could show students ways to spot fakes news by showing them tips and articles such as this one titled How to Spot Fake News or the article Fake news: Universities offer tips on how to spot it.