Numbers and Questions

I’ve moved on to much harder signs now– the numbers 1-10. If you are anything like me, you might be thinking, doesn’t everyone count with their fingers? Wouldn’t it be the same in ASL? That’s what I thought. But in the beginning of the video it states that you only use one hand when signing most things. So then I realized I had a lot to learn.

Turns out it is still not all that different, just a rotation of the hand and holding up different fingers. I would say overall I mastered the numbers 1-10 fairly easily. I enjoyed the video because it was easy to follow and the little girl was cute. My favourite number to learn was 10, because it is just a thumbs-up with a little wiggle.

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The second video I watched was called “25 Basic ASL Signs for Beginners.” I thought this sounded like an appropriate video for me to watch given my skill level. The video was good because it went through each movement about 3 times, and one time it plays through in slow motion. The only downfall was that it had no sound, and while you don’t actually need sound because it is sign language, I still enjoy videos that have audio aids to help guide me along in my learning. I also enjoyed this video because it didn’t just go over a bunch of different signs in a random order, but had it split up into category type styles.

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I like this because not only does it show the most basic signs, like “yes,” but it shows them in a practical and real-life situation. It does this throughout the video, showing you what to do if someone you are talking to is signing too fast for you, or how to introduce yourself, and many other things that are useful for everyday signing.

I must keep practicing before I can upload a video of me signing, but that is my plan for next week. Hope everyone else is having as much fun with their projects as I am with mine! See you all soon 🙂

ASL Basics: ABC’S

I have to admit, I am a little behind in my learning project. The good thing is, from watching the show that inspired me to learn ASL I have picked up a few things, so I already feel like I have begun. But, I have now started for real. I thought the best way to begin was to learn the alphabet, because although most words in Sign Language have their own movements, if there ever is something you don’t know you can always spell it out. That’s why I consider the alphabet to be the first thing I need to master. I began by watching a short video of a man doing the alphabet, found here. I enjoyed the video because it shows different angles of his hand for us to make sure we have our positioned correctly. I found the downfall of the video to be that it was silent, and didn’t say the letter that he was performing. I think it would have been more beneficial for him to either say the letter, or have a visual aid along with the movement.

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Since I am still learning, I decided to try another video. This time I went with something made for kids, because why not? I hope this one has lots of visuals and makes learning a little more fun, and “ASL ABC Lesson and Song” has an enticing ring to it. This one was much better. It was a little girl teaching an adult woman how to do the alphabet, which pretty much automatically made it better than the last because kids are just adorable. And I was correct, this one did include visuals of the letters while we were learning.

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Another excellent feature of this video is that since it was in the structure of a lesson, the girl was able to explain exactly how to put your hands to correctly sign the letter. Also, they gave helpful tips to remember how to do each letter. Tips like “to differentiate between D and F, remember in D the first finger goes up, because D comes before F,” and “N has just two fingers over the thumb, because an handwritten n has two bumps.” (as in the picture below)

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Now i have gone over the alphabet many times, and I will try to keep practicing until I have it completely memorized. Right now, I can only remember letters a-k. So I must keep working on it! Next time, I plan to learn the numbers. And if that is easy, as I think it might be, I will learn basic words that relate to a person. Things like family, sister, brother, mom, dad, etc. Stay tuned!

Math 101 Tale

For my content creation tool I chose Little Bird Tales. I chose it because I remembered it from ECMP 355, and I wanted to look into it a little bit more. I like it because it just like an online art pad, so you as teachers have complete creative control over the flow and design of your lesson. Here I have started a lesson, “Math 101.”

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You can see it gives you the options to free draw with almost any colour you may want, use text, make lines or squares, fill in shapes, and has an eraser that can erase it all. You can also upload your own pictures, and save your image onto your computer.

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Here I have started to work on the first page of my tale. “Lesson #1: Addition.” You can also add video to any page in the tale. When first playing around with this, I accidentally recorded myself saying “hello, hello, hello” over and over again, and that was not something I wanted to be associated with my Addition Lesson The good thing is though, Little Bird Tales has a very handy “How Do I..” drop down menu, that lists almost any problem you might encounter while using the tool. I like this feature a lot, and I find that most websites and tools don’t have problem solving tips so easily accessible for users. I was able to look up my problem and delete the recording right away!

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Overall, I this this tool is very interesting because of the freedom it gives to teachers, but it is a lot of work to go through and create pages and upload/draw all of the content, add audio, and share as a class. I think it would be good to do for simple lessons, or content that you want them to be able to go through and access any time. As a teacher I might use this for review material, to break down units and go through to summarize what we’ve learned.