EDTC 300, Learning Projects

Well, that’s a wrap!

Well folks, I hate to break it to you but this is not only my last learning project blog, it is my last assignment of the semester, and my last blog for at least 3 weeks.  I am supper excited!  Well here are the last 10 blog posts all rolled up into one final blog!  I am going to share the deep and dirty secrets of each week, and then let you know what resources I discovered along the way, and what I would do differently.

Weekly Summaries! 

Week One:

Well this week was when I decided that I was going to do ASL as my learning project, I find language a beautiful thing (maybe because I like to talk), but ASL is often a language that goes un-noticed.  In the past I have worked with babies through baby signing, my nephew learnt it when he was young and also worked with children who’s main language was ASL.  Obviously it is very important to communicate with your students in a variety of way, so I thought this would be a great skill in my classroom!

Also, in the past I have watched the show “Switched at Birth” and really was interested in watching the signs and then reading the subtitles, often I even paused the show after they signed to read what they had just said.  This was really painful and time consuming!  Also, I found that they signed really fast (which obviously, like I talk really fast).  I guess when you perfect something you go fast as long as people can keep up!  I was really excited and couldn’t wait to start this journey!

 

Week Two:

This was the week that I learnt just a few phrases:

  1. Do you know how to sign?
  2. What’s up?
  3. How are you?
  4. Want to get coffee?
  5. What is your text number?
  6. I love you. (Friendly)
  7. Can you teach me sign?

I was literally like a kid playing police officer, you know the one handing out tickets all weekend long.  Well, instead of tickets I was signing to everyone I saw, and I went and saw family, so I signed a lot!  These phrases were fairly easy to remember and do, so it was a great way to start.  The video that I found was awesome, and by starting off here I didn’t get discouraged.  However, now that I have kind of wrapped up my learning I only remember a few of the signs for a few of the words.  I guess that’s why its easier to learn a language if you are immersed in it.  It’s true I guess, if you don’t use it you lose it!

 

Week Three:

This was week one of trying out the alphabet, and let me tell you that was easier said than done!  I struggled, my hands hurt, and my fingers did not want to work as fast as I needed them to.  Even now, one or two times through the alphabet and my knuckles are killing me! Which I learnt too that you should stretch your hands out before signing, and after – who would have thunk it?

I also would not have imagined that it would be taking me more than a week to learn the simplest alphabet, but it did! I almost got discouraged maybe because I thought that this was going to be so easy, maybe because my hands hurt.  But I didn’t think I was ever going to learn it, and if I couldn’t do the alphabet than how was I going to do words and phrases?

 

Week Four:

Well, I thought I would have somewhat mastered the alphabet by the second week and then moved over and would have had the opportunity to learn it on my left hand too!  But, who was I trying to kid?!  I could barely do it on my dominant hand why would I even think that I could do it on my left?  To be honest, it was a flop I can barely form the peace sign with my left hand let alone 26 letters!  So, I had high hopes once again the crashed down… but I did learn and was able to film the alphabet on the right hand!

 

Week Five!

Halfway!!, right?

What better way to celebrate the halfway mark than by compiling a video of two weeks of lessons, why didn’t I showcase all of my learning?  Well that’s because I didn’t have anyone to film me the other weeks and didn’t seem to think outside of the box to film myself on my computer or something.  Looking back this video was a great contribution to my learning and my reflection, so I wish I would have done more!  However, this was easy I would review all of the signs then record, then review, and then record.  It made me seem like a pro (maybe not, but I felt like one).  Using the internet as a resource was easy so I could constantly review it regardless where I was because I am one of those people who always have my phone on me!

 

Week Six:

Why does it seem like the basics are the hardest?  Well, to be honest I feel like maybe the numbers and letters are so much harder because they are harder on the joints and mainly because I was forming them so rigid, where phrases and other words I do smoothly – exactly like the actors on “Switched at Birth”.  So, once again I was struggling with something!  The numbers I didn’t really have a great resources and got confused after the double digit mark so I decided to do some more research and learnt some things for week seven.

 

Week Seven:

Well this week was a big week, not only did I find a great resource for numbers but I learnt some songs too!  So, I found this great resource on YouTube, and learnt songs and numbers through it.  I even subscribed which was the first thing I subscribed to!  How exciting?! (I know I need a life desperately!

Well, once again I was taken aback and kind of struggling, on something that I was so excited about.  OK, so I wouldn’t say I was struggling but when signing songs and only having to sign a few of the words it’s kind of difficult to remember where you are in the song, and how does it even make sense to students who have hearing impairments when you only sign a few of the words?!  But, I learnt it and this is something I have taken to work with me – when I’m singing with the kids (poor kids, I can’t sing to save my life) I have started to sign along with the few songs that I learnt.  The kids actually have even started following along with me.

 

Week Eight:

This was a big week, I really wanted to succeed at the video that I was making with Hayley, so I found numerous resources and videos and practiced, practiced, practiced.  I really liked this blog mainly because all of my resources were in one place, which was super helpful when it came time to record the video!  My blog became my own resource.  I mean it kind of sucked because I wasn’t able to have all of the videos in the same blog I ended up having to put links, but hey it worked.

 

Week Nine:

The week of the video!  I was so excited and honestly didn’t have to do more than record my own signing.  I recorded myself and Hayley put the video together and I put it into my blog.  I know I got the easy way out, but hey she’s amazing what can I say?!  So, with one final week left of the assignment I decided to do what everyone does at the end of a unit and I was going to go over everything one last time!

 

Week Ten:

Was a review period, and I went through and reviewed all of the signs I have learnt this semester!  It was almost as if I was preparing for the end of the semester test.  I reviewed and practiced all of the signs one last time.  I am also so happy that I reached my goal!  I may have set the bar low, but I reached it so that’s a win in my eyes!

Resources I would/would not recommend:

  1. Eight Friendly Phrases in American Sign Language – This video was easy, slow and great resources for the easy signs.  I WOULD recommend it.
  2. Five Quick Tips for Signing the ASL Alphabet – These are some great tips, especially if your hands get sore while signing it, give it a read.  I WOULD recommend it.
  3. ABC song/ASL alphabet – American Version – This song moved super fast, it had cute music.  I would not recommend it because of the speed.
  4. The ASL app – This app was great, you can slow the signs down or keep them normal and follow along.  I WOULD recommend it!
  5. Numbers 1 – 30 ASL – This video moved quickly, but it gave you a various views.  But since it doesn’t give you the numbers that it is currently signing I got lost and confused.  I would not recommend it, because I found a better number video on Communication Junction channel.
  6. Communication Junction – Seriously find them on YouTube, I really enjoyed these channel and even subscribed.  I WOULD recommend it.
  7. Signing Time – This website was great.  I have found that I learn ASL better through videos, and this website had numerous words and videos.  I WOULD recommend it.
  8. YouTube – Many of the videos I used and things I learnt I found atleast one video on YouTube, if you ever want to learn ASL YouTube is a great resource.  I WOULD recommend it.
  9. Pro Deaf – This is an app that I just found, but haven’t checked out so I am going to put it here but I don’t know if I would recommend it or not.

 

What would I do differently?

One thing I would do differently which is a major difference than what I did is, I would have some organization to this madness.  I wish I would have outlined what I wanted to learn each week, then maybe things would have flowed nicely, rather than flying by the seat of my pants.

What did I learn?

  1. Resources are everything.
  2. Sometimes the things you think might be easy are hard than one would think.
  3. You don’t sign every single word!

 

Once last note, I really enjoyed this learning project – probably because I got to choose the topic, which is something I think is important to remember when getting students to do assignments!

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Final week – Final ASL blog!

Well folks, since this is my final ASL blog I thought that it would be a great week to use my personal blog as a resource and go over everything for a final time. I mean I hope to continue to learn, but since it’s the end of the semester I wanted to review what I have learnt.  After all, this is what we as teachers do at the end of a semester, we review and quiz.  I am lucky though there isn’t a test on this!

So here’s everything I have learnt:

  1. Do you know how to sign?
  2. What’s up?
  3. How are you?
  4. Want to get coffee?
  5. What is your text number?
  6. I love you. (Friendly)
  7. Can you teach me sign?
  8. Alphabet
  9. Alphabet on both hands (fail)
  10. What time is it?
  11. Call me
  12. Drink
  13. Eat
  14. Hungry
  15. Full
  16. Sleep
  17. Thumbs up
  18. Thumbs down
  19. Tall
  20. Short
  21. Big
  22. Thin
  23. Type
  24. Text
  25. Write
  26. Picture
  27. Crazy (something I knew growing up)
  28. Not feeling well
  29. cold
  30. Hot
  31. Whew
  32. Peace
  33. Peace out
  34. Cut it out
  35. No dice
  36. All Good
  37. All perfect
  38. Walk
  39. Run
  40. Drive
  41. Bike
  42. Numbers
  43. You are my Sunshine
  44. Twinkle Twinkle little Star
  45. Baa Baa Black Sheep
  46. Video Preparation!

So, overall I reached my goal of learning over 40 words or phrases, and even learnt some songs!

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Contributing to others, or building a community.

I definitely built a personal learning network over my twitter feed, that has become my professional social network online.  I have literally jumped from following 4 people to almost 100!  It is amazing to read and to get lost in the posts almost everyday, but then of course forgetting to retweet or like everything that was meaningful.  Also, through the google community I was able to comment and help a few times, but not nearly enough – or I just didn’t screen capture enough.  But below are the screen shots I have found.

 

Also, as required I commented on everyone’s blogs.  However, I unfortunately am going to be honest and left it until the last minute and commented on each person’s blog around two times (some only once).  So, below are links to the comments that I have made on each person’s blog!  Also on comments made on my blog I have commented back engaging in conversation.

Alyssa 1

Alyssa 2

Amy 1

Amy 2

Carley 1

Chelsea 1

Chelsea 2

Conor 1 

Conor 2

Daniel 1

Daniel 2

Danna 1

Danna 2

Deborah 1

Deborah 2

Dianna 1

Dianna 2

Dianna 3

Hailie 1

Hailie 2

Hayley 1

Hayley 2

Jessi 1

Jessi 2

Jessi M 1

Jessi M 2

Julia 1

Julia 2

Kaitlyn 1

Kaitlyn 2

Katelyn 1

Katelyn 2

Kayci 1

Kayci 2

Laura 1

Laura 2

Lisa 1

Lisa 2

Madisson 1

Madisson 2

Manuela 1

Manuela 2

Megan 1

Megan 2

Olivia 1

Olivia 2

*I just learnt that if you highlight the place where you want the link to go and then press “ctrl v” is pastes it without clicking the link button.  Amazing!*

Rebecca 1

Rebecca 2

Rebecca 3

Sarah 1

Sarah 2

Sydney 1

Sydney 2

So, I thought I was being really creative by linking to my comments, but now all I see is a big long list of names that is slightly annoying.  I am not going to switch it because I don’t really know what other way to do it.  Thanks for everything this semester, I really enjoyed it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Summary of Learning through EDTC 300

Hey folks, here is my summary of learning video where I used screencasting for the first time ever!  It was so easy to use and by having my typed up script hooked up to my t.v. and then recording my computer screen this project was a breeze!

 

Below is my write up of my script, however I did do some improve.   Overall this course was very helpful and I would definitely recommend it and have to be honest to many classmates!

 

Hi everyone, my name is Regan Luypaert and before Ed Tech 300 I was afraid of technology and somewhat technologically challenged.  I believe now I was more “technologically challenged” because of my fear of the unknown, unknown of the capacity and unaware of the potential apps and programs that I could use to help me get through every stage of my technology growth.

When First hearing that I would have to be re-downloading and reinstalling twitter to my life, I was less than pleased I found no use for it when I had it originally, why should I get it again?  So, honestly to get the grade I did it, I went through old tweet realizing how immature and ignorant I was years ago and I deleted everyone I followed making twitter my professional form of social media.  Once I was done un-following everyone and blocking them from following me again, I was left with 4 whole people.  That 4 people in only 4 short months grew and not my personal learning network via twitter is following 97 people!  Through my twitter feed every morning or evening I am able to read about everything that my fellow aspiring teachers are finding interesting and what actual real-life teachers are doing in their classes everyday! I am so excited to learn further and explore more through these great mind that inform me through twitter every day, twice a day!

I have always been aware of the potential hazards of the online world which is part of the reason why I have always been somewhat apprehensive.  Amanda Todd was just one story that truly haunted me, but being told that it is up to teachers and adults to teach and inform our students this is something that I was just going to have to over come.  I have learnt that although the online world is intimidating it isn’t always dangerous as long as you are smart and aware of what you are doing.  Teaching vulnerable youth the tools and information about online safety is important for their overall personal safety and now I feel confident through this class to be able to teach them to be more aware!

Another amazing contribution to my learning was the brief outlines, tricks and tips for all of the apps and programs that I can potentially use when I am a teacher.  These are useful tools to have and to actually have the opportunity to see in action is amazing (Katia I have let Christine Massing know that you have See Saw set up to teach about it).  Having all of these tools always available to myself as a list now is going to be a great asset to my hopefully future classroom.  I am so excited to try, fail, and retry many of these with my students.

Some of the programs that I was able to really learn about and explore was first WordPress, having no identity online is not a good thing.  By learning WordPress and exploring the different features of it I was able to begin my online portfolio.  I learnt how to change the displays and organize the blog neatly and professionally. Another app that I was able to explore was See Saw which was a very interesting and beneficial app to my growth to becoming a teacher.  Also, I got the opportunity to briefly explore Bitly which is an app that shortens URLs making it easier for your students to type in a URL.  Another amazing program that I was able to explore was tweetdeck, which made me twitter chats a lot easier which too is a very beneficial program that is able to help me communicate better with fellow aspiring teachers and teachers in the field.

I have also learnt briefly the skill of signlanguage, which is something that I have really found interesting the ability to learn and explore through the online world and also through learning networking.  I have learnt a lot from my fellow classmates blogs and really had fun with this learning.

 

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Coding, Coding, Coding

Hey ladies and gents! I have to first off tell you all about my AMAZING life changing discovery – some of you probably know it already so remember this is a judgement free zone!  Doing a presentation in my ECS class today I know standing at the computer clcick the mouse to switch slides is just BORING, and I knew if I could get it on my phone somehow I would be able to switch it from my phone to my computer right? Technology is advanced and if I can edit it on my phone I should be able to link it all together some way or another!  Well I googled and first thing I tried was an AIO remote app and let me tell you – nothing it didn’t work at all (or well for me anyways)! So I continued to hit google again and to keep searching and I found with a google add on called “remote for slides” (how simple) I could get an id for a website and then access the website on my phone and then click away to my desire for my presentation!!  BONUS MARKS FOR ME!

But to continue onto tonight’s journey I attempted and succeeded at coding!

I began with the coding academy which for beginners it wasn’t too bad, but moving onto the next level it became difficult and I didn’t really understand AT ALL what I was doing! So, rightfully so I wanted the fun one! So I switched over to code and chose the Minecraft coding program (I was going to call it a game, but I don’t think that’s what it’s about).  I really enjoyed this one, and it really actually made sense what I was doing and as a person who doesn’t read instructions I was able to figure it out.

How lame! My pictures are distorted and they are really hard to see! I HAVE AN IDEA I will make a quick little video with them! (I apparently did not share what all I did on Minecraft, so I guess you will have to try it for yourself :))

 

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Preparing for the video of the semester.

Hey guys!

This video is slightly behind schedule and no better day to post then Easter Sunday, right?  Anyways this coming week myself and Hayley are planning on having a video conversation, so I guess I better brush up on my signing for the video so I don’t make a complete fool of myself haha!  So, as you can imagine my computer is filled with all kinds of signing videos for me to post, and I guess I should probably share each and everyone for yourselves.

It was slightly hard to figure out exactly what to sign because as this semester has showed me, you do not sign every single word that you want to say.  So, basically I guessed and I hope everything is right and if it’s not, well I tried.

What I am going to do below is share what I am saying and then I am going to post videos on how I am planning on saying it, in the order and if I am wrong please let me know!

 

Regan: Hey, how are you?

So first I would obviously sign hey, and then how are you?  I found this video VERY helpful when learning how are you, I watched and learnt through another video early on in the semester but this video really walks you through exactly how to sign and where your hands should be!

Then I am saying:

Regan: I am good, I found a video that seems very dated and some of his words kind of seemed ignorant.  However, I guess the most important thing is that I learnt how to sign I am good, so here’s the video!

Then I say Regan: Ya! It has snowed so much this year.

So I thought I knew how to sign yes, but just to make sure I searched it up (but couldn’t upload the video), which is something I have learnt is that you can search and find anything you want! Then I discovered an amazing signing dictionary website, where I learnt a few different words like snow, year, and cold.  For a lot I found this page that showed me the walk through of the hands, but since it was still images I found it difficult to follow, but I guess I know how to sign a lot.

I found it difficult to search up how to sign this: Regan:  ya, at least it hasn’t been that cold. So I think I am just going to say ya, not cold this year instead.  I couldn’t find at least anywhere (anyone will an idea let a girl know).  

Regan: oh yes, with marshmallows so good! 

Then I learnt how to sign marshmallows through just a you tube video, which it all kind of makes sense because of how marshmallows look.  Which I obviously reached my video limit so I am going to try hyperlinking to the video.

Then when looking up how to say my last sentence which is: Regan: sounds great, lets go. I found another great website, which showed me the last few words that I needed to look up which were sounds, and Let’s go.

I am so excited to make this video with Hayley so stay tuned!  

 

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Bitly is changing lives?

Okay, maybe Bitly isn’t changing as many lives as the title may suggest, but it is however making teaching a little easier.  I know the days of guiding your teachers to a website step by step is somewhat in the past, but I know for sure it will be now when the links to websites that I need are shortened to just a few characters.  Signing up was easy and free so basically anyone can do it!

So just to be clear Bitly shortens URLS for yourself and makes it easier for you to make longer tweets!  For some more uses see the video below!

According to their website their extension is changing lives for business people, and companies around the world.  With their Bitly URL count being a HUGE number somewhat puts it into perspectives… BUT is something this easy so life changing really as good as it seems?

The Reviews that I found here are mostly positive, but also mostly from large business people who are using bitly for marketing and getting their brand around.  There are obviously some special tricks that I need to learn about according to some of these reviews — Like being able to make sure a client clicks on the link and doesn’t just ignore it… client or parent if you need something read maybe this is the way to do it…

Wow, this video is amazing for some easy tips and tricks for us to learn and follow along too!

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Approach with caution

I do write this blog with extreme caution, and as I write it I am carefully considering each and every word that I type.  The internet is a very powerful tool that if not used appropriately can destroy lives within seconds, but also has the potential to save lives as well.  It is a very overwhelming thing that sits in our laps, in our hands, or on a table, desk, etc.  When used for evil can causes heartache, embarrassment, shame, and hurt in an instant.  I have been the teenager that was behind a computer whose life could have been destroyed, or who could have destroyed a life, when hidden behind a computer screen I felt like I had power – why they knew who I was, my name was not hidden in anyway.  Unfortunately with technology it is not forgive and forget anymore, technology has the power to haunt and remind you of everything that you try to forget, now Facebook wants to remind you what you did last year, two years ago, etc.

I fortunately have not had an encounter with an individual attempting to destroy my life, and thank my lucky stars for that.  I appreciate the help that is out there now and the voices that are being heard about this potential issue.  The Monica Lewinsky video goes to show the power the internet had, lets be honest even before it was a thing.  It is terrifying the effects of shame that is placed upon someone because of the internet, everyone makes mistakes life is about living, learning, and growing as human beings.  I think sometimes the negatives of one life is more focused on then all the good, because society loves gossip and they love drama, so screwing up once feeds society.

The Jon Ronson video explains how the twitter world can destroy a person’s life before a plan even lands.  It describes how society feeds off of someone else’s mistake and blows it up.  How lives can be destroyed because of a tweet within seconds.  We must always remember that our words have power, and things that are trending online are always at the top of the list for people to see as soon as they log on.  One tweet can shape how society views you in the moment, and for the rest of your life, because once one person who doesn’t like it sees it, it will forever be online.

The Amanda Todd, the legacy, and Carol Todd all offer insight into how one mistake can haunt you and ruin you, that in one brief second your life can be ruined because of someone else.  The YouTube video that has gone viral shows the pain that one may go through because of an instant in their lives, how a story becomes “never ending”.  How learning where people live, and knowing how to destroy their lives and doing it is overwhelming especially if it is a child behind the screen.  Teaching people about this is something the Carol Todd stresses, and I feel like because of the harm that this tool can cause it is important to teach about it, and share with others because in an instant someone’s life can forever be changed.  Kids make mistakes, adults make mistakes, and everyone in between so I think it is awful that one moment in between can determine someone else’s outcome.

I truly appreciate when Carol Todd was approached with negativity and cruelty she replied with grace and acceptance, and determined that the person who was behind the rude remarks was someone who needed help and I also think that so many people just need someone to help them through the hard times.  Also her four walls, really puts into perspective the “four walls” of dealing with situations and the opportunities that people are faced during the hard times.  But at the end of the day everyone has a story like Carol Todd states, and no one should be judge because of one chapter in their story.

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Let’s sign some songs!

Hey guys, I am going to spruce up this blog some more so please, please give me some trick and tips.  This week I learnt some songs in sign language, and I was REALLY shocked to see that they didn’t include signs for every word, so then how do people who are hard of hearing really know the song??  This is I found really unfortunate but then also found it was easy for myself so I guess that was a plus!

The first song I learnt was “Baa baa black sheep” I chose this song only because it was definitely one of my favorite songs to listen to when I was younger, and really thought it was going to be easy to learn and remember! However, I found it super easy to learn but because you literally only sign: black, sheep, master, dame, little boy, lane, three and yes.  So I had to obviously learn only 8 words!

The second song I chose was because it was on the right hand side bar under “Up Next” so definitely took the easy way out on this one!  Also, I am actually kinda shocked because I know when I have sang this song for the kids at the daycare I work at, I was honestly expecting the same signs that I would use whenever I sang it, however this was not the case!  I really like how Abbey in these songs introduce the actions before singing the song!  This song had a lot more signs for the words and also found it interesting that a lot of the signs “made sense” in my head for what they represented which made this song easier to learn!

Ok, so last but not least for this week’s learning videos that I study was the song “You are my Sunshine”, because honestly who doesn’t love this song!  But this song to there are hardly any signs for the whole song, which has to be difficult.  But this lady is awesome for going through each song slowly first then going through the song after teaching it.  Which I guess is something that I learnt when I was in ECE classes, I was taught to teach the words slowly then to do the song as a whole after – so really why would it be different if you are teaching the song through signing or words!

WOW, take a side step right now! Abbey, is so instructional and her explanation of where your hand should be facing while doing numbers really told me how wrong I have been doing them! FAIL!  Oh well, I live and learn and now I know how to sign PROPERLY my numbers from 1-20 because of how informative she is!

 

This week’s learning really was fun, and something that I will use within my classroom if I teach the young enough grades (lets be real older kids wont want to hear my voice), but I guess would they have to hear my voice if I chose to just teach the song through signing?  Food for thought I guess!

I hope you enjoy the videos and learn a song to two, because this lady is awesome and I even found myself searching her channel (I think that’s what it is called.  If anyone who is doing signing wants to check her out, the link for her channel is here!