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!
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!
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.