First off the Google Plus Community was a place where we could ask and answer questions and post resources that we didn’t necessarily feel that we needed to share with others. While we didn’t use the Google Plus Community a lot I tried to answer students questions and give support in regards to others blogs. Check out the screenshots below of some of the ways I tried to contribute to others learning.
We were able to use a Twitter List as well in order to help contribute to others learning. We were able to share resources and respond to others. I tried to find resources that related to our topic during each week. For example I tweeted an article about the benefits of coding when we had our blog post of coding due. I tried to share a lot of articles and resources related to #edtech and #digcit as well general resources for teachers and resources for ASL learners. I tried to respond to my classmates and give them support of what they were posting and asking questions when needed. Of course you can check out my twitter to see more of my contributions!
The last part of contributing to others learning would be through blog responses. We were able to read and respond to others blog posts. I tried my best to read and give positive feedback and support as well as answering questions and sharing resources. Check out some screen shots below to see how I contributed on the blog responses!
All in all I think through the course of the semester I helped contribute to other students learning through giving support, sharing resources and answering questions when needed! I enjoyed collaborating with everyone over the semester and wish everyone all the best in their futures!
I learned how to sign Twinkle Twinkle Little Star using a combination of two YouTube videos, you can find the first one here, which may be more helpful for younger children and the next video being the one I actually learned from.
My next blog post “Finally! The months of the Year!” I was able to finally learn how to sign the months of the year after a few weeks of struggling. I was able to find a video from “Mrs. Rodriguez’s ASL Classes” and a site called Lesson Tutor that provided a step by step template of how to sign the months. I can’t forget to give credit to my lovely classmate Kendall as she also learned how to sign the months of the year and her post helped me big time!
Throughout the semester I also worked on a ton of categories for some basic words. Categories such as food, travel, toys, clothing, manners, feelings/emotions, animals, actions, and bedtime routine. The categories were from MSH Dictionary. MSH Dictionary was a very helpful app that I used a lot through the semester. It gives a lot of words and then preforms the sign and then explains the sign while preforming it slower. Check out the pictures of the categories below!
I used a lot of resources such as websites, visuals, and YouTube videos to help me learn. I found a lot of them very helpful and I have linked to them in this post and previous ones and would definitely recommend them to anyone trying to learn ASL! In order to see more detailed posts about my learning project and the resources I used and put into my posts check out the link to my learning project category! Also check out my YouTube channel to see all of the videos I made that shows all the words I learned!
I strayed from my initial plan quite a bit by adding a couple extra weeks working on common words and adding how to learn “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and “We Wish you a Merry Christmas” but it was all worth it in the end! All in all I really learned a lot and I would love to continue working on learning ASL in the future!