This semester in EDTC 300 we were presented with the incredible opportunity of a learning project with technology.
I made the choice to learn ASL and I have made a lot of progress from where I started considering I had no previous experience with ASL.
My first blog post “What am I going to learn?” I created a rough outline of what my learning project might entail.
Learning sign language? It’s as easy as A,B,C was my first blog post. For my first week of actual learning I learned how to sign the alphabet. I used the ASL App until it updated and was no longer supported by my phone. This week’s blog post included my first ever YouTube video! ( I must say I was nervous to actually post this video). This week I used the MSH Dictionary app as well.
I learned to sign the days of the week also from a video from My Smart Hands.
The next week my blog post was called Learning Common ASL Words is Hard Work
My blog post “What?! You have to sign more than one word?” included my first step at learning some common phrases thanks to Start ASL and a YouTube video from Learn American Sign Language. I used Signing Savvy as well a lot to learn common phrases.
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!