Final ASL Project

Hey guys!

I have finally finished my learning ‘Hello” by Adele for my final representation of my Learning Project. I’ve had so much fun learning ASL this past semester, and I can honestly say I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished. I may not be fluent in the language now, but I’ve learned many phrases and I think I could have a basic, starting conversation with someone! I do plan to continue with my learning, as like I mentioned in my first post, I think it is an incredibly important skill to have. Especially if I am going to be in the Education field, because you never know what students might come into your classroom!

I began with learning the Alphabet, and a the time it was a struggle but just this weekend I was teaching my cousin and I remember every letter and was even able to help her! That felt good. Then I learned the Numbers 1-10, which was actually more difficult than I expected. But I was still able to learn them! It was easy once I practiced a few times. After that I felt kind of free to learn, and I looked at many different videos. Some showed basic phrases, questions and answers, some showed common words like mother, father, family, school, etc., and then I started working on my final project. In the middle to show some of my project, I created a little video of me signing my name, where I’m from, and what I’m doing.

Now to sum it all up, my video of me signing ‘Hello’!! It’s a little slow, I wish I could’ve done it to the music, but it was just too fast and I kept messing up. Even going slow I messed up a bit in the middle, but instead of restarting I just ended my video, started a new one from the same spot, and put them together using YouTube Editor! Hope you’ve all enjoyed following my learning!



Summary of Learning

ECMP 455 is over for the semester, and I can honestly say I’ve learned a lot. From participating in an #edchat on Twitter, which showed me that I should get out there and voice my opinions and got me more comfortable being online, to looking at just how voicing certain opinions can affect a career and how/what to do to be careful, professional online users, I look forward to starting my teaching career with all of this new knowledge. I learned not only how to behave and properly use technology, every week we were introduced to so many new, fun, and creative tools to use in a classroom. I know I probably won’t remember them all exactly when it comes time for me to have my own classroom, and there might be many more out there by then, but I think that I now have great ideas and starters to get myself and my students using technology in the classroom! That being said, here is ย mine and Alex Taylor’s Summary of Learning ๐Ÿ™‚

We made it using PowToon, which was an awesome tool. It was super easy to upload our own pictures, do voice overs on the slides, and use cool graphics to make the video a little more visually appealing. Unfortunately, with the free trial version we were only allowed to make videos that were 5 minutes or less. We didn’t realize that at the time, and we had more than 5 minutes worth of information to share, we had to create two videos and put them together using YouTube Editor. (another great tool we learned about in this class). Hope you all enjoy, and I would recommend using PowToon for any future creations!

Online Opinions

In response to last weeks class, I know I’m a little late, but I just wanted to share some of my thoughts on online discourse.

I do think that constructive online discourse is possible. I think this because in the world we live in today, almost everything is possible online. However, I do think that there is many, many factors that limit the constructiveness of the discussions. One might think that being in an online community would be better, because people have to really think about their thoughts and write them down before anyone can read it, so it would be more likely that in that time they are able to maybe cool down or think more rationally about what they are saying. In a face-to-face disagreement or heated discussion, I think a big problem is that people say things that they might later regret, because they didn’t take the time to think about what they were saying, and how it might be taken by other people.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen in online discussions. I think there is a lot of negativity surrounding them because of the anonymity people are allowed online. When people are forced to own up to their opinions (good or bad) I think they spend a lot more time focusing on what they are saying, but when they are able to post things and voice their opinions without anyone knowing who they are, that’s when things can get very uncivil, and therefore nonconstructive.

I think that it is possible to change someone’s minds in an online discussion, just the same as it is possible to change someone’s mind in a face-to-face conversation. Online discussions can be just as persuasive than personal interaction, as long as the people are remembering that while in an online space might be easier for them to separate themselves from their words, to truly share your opinions you just have to think about what you are saying. I think as a society we have a lot to still learn about how to properly communicate in an online community, but I definitely think it is possible!


Hey all!

Another update on my learning project ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m currently learning the song ‘Hello‘ by Adele, and it is going quite well. I have the first verse, the chorus, and some of the second verse learned! I am particularly enjoying this learning project because I find it easy to practice the words I’ve learned while I’m doing many other things- like cooking, walking around my house, as a break from my math studying. My friends probably think I’m pretty strange as I’m always waving my hands around my head doing signs.

I have just been using the same video for learning the song, which has some advantages and disadvantages. It is unfortunate because I only get to see one person’s interpretation of the lyrics, but I tried looking up other videos and they are just too different from the version I’ve been learning and I didn’t want to get confused! So while watching only one video is good because I don’t get confused, but I think it would be really interesting to get different interpretations. For example, in the video I am learning where the song lyrics say “..but I ain’t done much healing” it is changed in my video to “..but I don’t feel healed” and in other videos it might be translated a little differently.

I think this is the most interesting part of learning the song is seeing how the lyrics are changed to make signing easier, and how even though they’re changed they still mean the same thing. I’m looking forward to getting the song down pat and sharing it with you guys!