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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To Follow or Not to Follow

My Feedly feed.

As a new blogger and a future educator, finding blogs to follow that allow support or offer advice are very important. I have recently joined Feedly, and my way of finding new blogs to do just that, are, honestly, hash tagging educational words, or words that my major and minor would fall under. Once I find one that catches my eye, I click the blog name to see they types of things they actually blog about, to see if it will benefit me and my seek for knowledge and understanding. Here are two blogs that I have found thus far, that I find are very helpful to me and may be helpful to other educators.

BLOG #1 – Cool Cat Teacher Blog

I have gone through this blog several times over the last couple of days after I started following it. It gives great advice for teachers anywhere from inclusion in the classroom to ideas that will help you grow as a teacher, and if you check out my twitter, I have shared the latest article on “5 Ideas to Help You Grow”. There are sometimes pod casts that allow you to listen to what the article will speak about, and she brings in other educators onto her pod cast and discuss things that are happening in classrooms now. As an educator, its nice to hear what other teachers are doing in their classroom, and gain advice to better yourself as an educator. I have, so far, thoroughly enjoyed reading this blog.

If you are wondering how I found it, I went onto my Feedly, went to discover, and typed EdTech, and there it was. I click on the name and skimmed through some of her blogs, and read several of them and decided this was a great blog to follow in my opinion. Below is a screenshot of some of the things this blog posts. Go check them out!

BLOG #2 – Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

If you want to gather great material and idea of different types of assessment, this is the place to go. It is a wonderful blog that contains Teacher Guides and Assessment Tools that can help you as an educator in the classroom. They have phenomenal ideas, although you may not agree with some, they always have alternatives that are sure to fit with you one way or another, whether it be, you take their idea, or you go off their ideas and alter them to work for you. They talk out amazing resources in their blog as well, and ways we can incorporate them into our classrooms.

If you are a teacher that is always looking for Assessment Tools and Teacher Guides, this is a great blog for you to check out. Below is a screenshot of some blogs they post, and the very top is the blog name. Go check them out!

If anyone has a good blog they follow with helpful information or advice, please share. You can comment it below or contact me through my blog. Thank you!

My Journey Continues – ASL Learning Project

Last week I decided on what I was going to do for a #learnigproject, and that was ASL. I have found several apps in the App Store, ASL and SignSchool, to help me with beginner steps that I wanted to learn, such as, the alphabet, counting up to 9, a simple greeting, and learning to spell my name by learning the alphabet.

For some reason I thought learning ASL would be really easy, however, I find its just like any other language, its very different and it will take time to learn. In the video, at times, you can see me struggling to remember the signs for some letters and numbers, and this, to me, is like another language. It takes lots of practice, and you won’t learn it all in one week. I have placed what I am saying in the video but incase you miss it, I say, “Hello, how are you?”, “I’m fine.”, “My name is Sydney”. The video then transitions into me doing the alphabet, and slowly moves into numbers after that, and I know its rough, but please bare with me.

So far I have enjoyed learning ASL, and I look forward to continuing to learn. I want to reach my goal I set out for myself, holding a conversation in ASL. However, for now I want to learn the basics. So, in saying that, by next week I plan on being able to say your welcome, please, and thank you, as well as each week day name (ex. Friday, Saturday, etc.), and each month name (May, February, July, etc.). And like I did today, I plan on Vloging my process and abilities I learn in ASL, and yes I know this week looks rough, but I will keep on practicing and in time I will get better (hopefully), and I hope I can hold a conversation with someone else one day when I do get better.

If anyone has advice or great recourses on learning ASL, please I am all ears, don’t be afraid to comment or contact me.

What to Learn, What to Learn…

Photo Credit: jenzwick Flickr via Compfight cc
Photo Credit:jenzwick Flickr via Compfight cc

After giving it some thought, I have decided to learn ASL (American Sign Language). It has been something I have wanted to learn for a while, and as a teacher I figure it will come in handy during my profession.

So where am I at? I somewhat know the alphabet, and to ask someone “How are you?”, I also know how to respond “I am fine.” However, this is the extent of my knowledge in ASL. Before I am done university, I want to have a good base and understanding of ASL. I want to be able to hold conversations, but right now, I am just beginning.

By this time next week, I want to be able to do the full alphabet, numbers up to 9 (it is different) and say my name in ASL. And if I finish this early, begin on learning the names of each week day (e.i. Wednesday, Saturday, etc.)

I plan on learning ASL online, from youtube, mobile apps, articles online, and if needed, go the old route and get a book to help me learn. And each week I plan on learning something new, as well as continuing to practice what I learn previous weeks.

Welcome to the World of Me

Hello there wondering world… or whoever is reading this. I am Sydney Wall and I am a beginner at blogging, so bare with me as you join me in my blogging journey. And don’t worry I do plan and getting better at this, it’ll just take time. I have blogged in the past, but I have not very good at it, and as a teacher in the modern world I know how important it is to have a good understanding of technology, which as of right now, I do not have. I’ve never been one to blog or write tweets, but I have had a Twitter account before but I’ve never really used it. I have just recently began using it again in the last year, and I may have only around three posts of my own. So as you can tell I am a beginner, but I want to learn more. If you want to follow me on my Twitter account the link is attached.

And now to introduce myself!

I am from a small town in northern Saskatchewan, that not many people have heard of, but I assure you it’s there. I grew up in the country, ten minutes out of this little town, and an hour and a half out of the nearest cities. I am currently living in Regina, which means I have a long drive home, five hours to be exact. Being this far away from home really makes you miss your family, friends and pets (this includes cats, dogs, and horses). But the holidays make it all worth it when you get a go back home and see everyone, and ride your horses (I have two, one’s name is Sparky, the other is Apollo)


I am currently in my last year of University in the Ed. program, as a Social Studies major and a Visual Arts minor, here in Regina. I live in the city with my fiancé and three pets, two dogs, Myah (a pit bull) and Ronin (and Alaskan malamute), and one cat, Todd.


Thank you for reading, or even if you just looked at the pictures of my animals.

And “In case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening and goodnight.” – Truman Burbank, The Truman Show, 1998.