Back From the Break, and the Learning Doesn’t Stop

Hello, and welcome to my fifth Learning Project Vlog/Blog. I have been away for the last week in Mexico for a wedding. And not to brag but I was really happy to miss the coldest days of winter 2018 yet. But now I am back and happy to be. While I was away I didn’t have much internet access, and was busy most of the time, so I didn’t get a chance to learn a lot of new signs. However, I did get to practice the signs I already did know and I even taught some of the signs I know to my friends I was down in Mexico with.

For this week I went off a bit of my last video, sign to do with family, as well as some action words. This week used two different websites that I have found very helpful lifeprint and handspeak. In this video I decided to try something new, and instead of writing the words on screen, I overlapped my voice on the clips in the video.

Check out the video below:

As I have stated in the video, I have been struggling to categorize signs into topics, however, I have thought of my next weeks #LearningProject video. I plan on learning signs of things in my yard back home and my cousin yard. These signs will include, dog, cat, bird, horse, cow, bull, chicken, pig, goat, duck, tractor, trailer, wagon, bales, house, shop, and shed. I might even try to learn sentences that include these signs, but I’m not entirely sure quite yet.

Thank you for joining me this week, see you next time.


But First, Let Me Take a Selfie

As someone who was raised in the era where cell phones began to become more of an everyday thing, and everyone was getting one, I believe it is important to know proper and safe use of these devices, especially in the times we live in now.

Everywhere I look, people are taking pictures and posting it on social media, and this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but used improperly, it can be. Taking pictures with friends and posting is fine, but there are things that could make it negative. I.E. the picture of friends could have alcohol in the photo, which in the long run could effect that persons future if they are applying for a job.

Throughout school, we were taught how to behave properly in the “real-world” community, and as an educator I think it is important to teach the same ideals in the “cyber-world”. Everyone is so into their phones, that instead of fighting against the current, why not go with the flow and have everyone benefit from it.

It is important to teach students how to have a positive presence in the world and their community, the same goes for technology. These things aren’t necisarnaly part  of the written curriculum, but more in the hidden-curriculum. Though its not written as something to teach, it is still important to discus with your students. If we teach our students have a positive presence in the “cyber-world’ rather than them creating a negative one, the students will benefit from it in the long run.

However important being with current times are, I still believe it is important to put down the technology and be there in the moment, and appreciate everything around you in the “real-world”.

Live and Learn

So this blog about my #learningproject will be my 3rd Vlog, and as you can probably tell, I am not that good, but I am still learning, and yes I will make mistakes here and there. So if you are learning ASL or know it already, please comment or let me know by some other means, as I want to correct my mistakes as I go, so I may get better, and eventually apply this into my life when needed.

Anyways, so this week I did a little vocabulary words; family, parents, grandparents, mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, child, sister, brother, boy, and girl. I also learned some conversational questions, such as, ‘do you have a sister/brother?’, ‘where do you work?’, ‘are you married/single?’, and a few others. Take a look at my video below to check it out:

As I continue to learn, I have begun to notice that you don’t sign the way you speak in English. For example, “where do you work?” is actually signed “where work you?”. However, its not always like this, so I am finding it hard to know when this applies and when it does not.

Next week I will not be posting for I won’t have access to a computer, as I have a wedding to attend to in Mexico. However I still plan on practicing my ASL for my #learningproject for #edtc300. As of this point I am unsure as to what to learn about, but I know I will do some more vocabulary words, maybe words that have to do with actions, such as stand, walk, play, watch, drive, stay, etc., and some words that continue from this vlog, such as, aunt, uncle, daughter, son, baby, friend, and love. These are just what are flowing through my head, but I have noticed I am struggling with topics to follow under or words to categorize as time goes by.

I have also began to watch “Switched at Birth”, and it is a good show. There is a lot more signing in it then I though there would be. I have been slowly picking up words here and there, ones I already know and ones I don’t, but I have learned from the show. I have also learned a little bit on deaf culture, you don’t get to give yourself a sign for your name. you have to finger spell it until someone who is deaf gives you a specific sign for your name. I never knew that before, and this show continues to teach me a lot about deaf culture.

Thank you for tuning in this week, I will see you again soon. Remember, if you found a mistake I have made, whether it be in this blog or previous learning project blogs, please let me know so I can better my ASL.

Technology and the World we Live in

I just finished watching a video, “An Anthropological Introduction to Youtube” by Michael Wesch. I was assigned to watch at least 15 minutes, but ended up watching the entire thing. It was a very interesting video, even though it was created 10 years ago. After watching the video, I stopped and gave it some thought. As an educator, how do I plan on educating my students in the world we live in with ever changing technology and media. 

I was part of that generation where technology was already a part of my life by the time I was around 7 or 8 years old. But this technology was limited to a land line home phone and an old, very slow, dial up computer. And like we discussed in our EDTC 300 class, dial up was no fun, and you couldn’t be on the internet and the phone at the same time. I can recall getting booted off the computer or my songs not downloading on lime wire due to my parents wanting to make a phone call, and I’d have to start the whole process over again.

However, as time has changed, so has technology. As I grew up, I got my very first cell phone when I was in grade 8, it was an LG slide. Since then I have gone through many phones, and this technology has become a part of my life, as much as I’d prefer not to admit it. And as a young person that didn’t have internet on my phone, my parents didn’t have to worry about any inappropriate use. However, as time goes on, and you can’t go anywhere without WiFi, kids now a days have easy access to materials that are very impressionable on young..

Once I turned 16, I got my first laptop, and Acer, and I thought it was the best thing in the world, even though I didn’t have much use for it until grade 12, and my first year of university. When I was opened to the internet through my laptop, my parents would tell me how important it was to be responsible with this piece of technology. But for the first two years of having the computer, I really only played games and went on Facebook (which is apparently for old people now).

As an educator, it it important to have a positive online presence, and it is important to teach students the same thing. Because once something is on the internet, its on there forever and it can spread like wild fire, which is something that. Wesch discovered first hand, even while was on Super Bowl Sunday. Even with texting, it is important for kids to know how important it is to be responsible. Cyberbullying occurs more often than it ever has now that almost everyone has access to some form of technology that allows you to communicate.

Though computer and phones do have a positive side to them in a classroom, it is important to know when to use them and when not to. Cell phones are great tools to use when you are not sure how to spell something or need answers. Instead of going to the library and looking through an encyclopedia (like they did in the “Stone Age”), you can now just go onto google. Almost everything is digitalized now a days, and is easily accessed. With this easy access most schools and students have it is important how to use their technology appropriately and leave a positive footprint.

For the when not to use them, students need to know when to shut it down and be in the real world. Though sharing an instargam pic shows people what you may be doing, it keeps your life from being private, any now has access to that photo. Though technology allows us to communicate, we need to be present in the life’s we are to be living. As I was in my internship, I had a bin for cell phones to go in when students entered my class, and if we needed them they were allowed to go the their phones. I found this to be very helpful in the class, and I would do it again. And by me taking their phone away they were attentive in class, and to not, this didn’t limit them in my class, I would incorporate technology into my lessons, such as searching for good materials for paper, using different types of programs for presentations, etc.

Technology is a big thing in the world we live in today, and as educators we need to keep with the “times”, so to speak. Not only is technology useful for students but it is useful for us teachers as well. It allows us to gather resources faster, keep track of our classrooms, and gives us the ability to use new teacher resources such as plickers or kahoot.

Learning Project ASL #3 – What Day is it Anyways?

Welcome back to my third learning project blog if you have made it this far. Its nice of you to be joining me on my ASL learning journey.

This week I used two resources, Signing Savvy as well as an app off the iPhone App Store, called ASL. I have been trying to use several different resources, but it is a bit hard considering different resources give different signs for the same words. However, it is still helpful and I have been enjoying the process thus far.

Last week I decided to learn months, days, as well as please, thank you, and you’re welcome. Check it out and see my vlog below:

Thought out this week while learning these signs, I discovered that signing months, were is no specific sign, instead you sign the months like you would write them in short. For example: January – you would finger sign J-A-N, however for something short like March or shorter, you would sign the full word, for March you would finger spell M-A-R-C-H.

Near the end of the video, I discuss how there is no real way to sign you’re welcome, I learned this from several rescuers on youtube, and they all gave the three ways I show in my video. This is where I realized that youtube is wonderful to learn ASL, so if you are learning it too, search through youtube.

Next week I plan to learn signs to do with people and family, such as, family, parents, mom, dad, sister, brother, child, grandma, grandpa, boy, and girl. I also want to learn come conversation questions, such as ‘do you have any sisters/brothers?’, ‘are you single/married?’, ‘do you have children’, ‘where do you work?’, and ‘where do you live?’. These are good conversation starters, and considering I want to learn how to hold a conversation by the end of the semester, I figured these would be a great place to start.

Join me next week to see my next Vlog on ASL. #learningproject

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Time to EdChat it Up!… But Nobodies There….

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I participated in my first EdChat every, and unfortunately it was a bust. I logged on to my twitter, and went to twiterdeck (which is amazing by the way) 10 minutes before the chat was to begin. I was excited to see there was a notification about the chat starting soon, but to my unfortunate realization, nobody was talking.

With this dilemma, I decided to share a resource 20 minutes in, in hopes that someone might comment or begin the chat, and yet, there was a no show. So I began to ponder questions I could ask to spark a conversation, and 15 minutes later I asked the simple question “What are some of the most effective classroom management tactics you have used in your classroom?”. I wasn’t expecting much from this question, just hoping someone might answer. However, there was still nobody there.

I waited 45 minutes for some sort of conversation to occur, continued to check until an hour went by, but, nothing ever did surface. I even went to the internet to find answers. In saying this, like I said before, my first edchat was unfortunately a bust. This however, does not break my spirit in participating in an escheat ever again, I do plan of participating in an escheat successfully in the future.

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