My ASL Project is OVER!! Thank You for #KeepingCalm&SigningOn Each Week!

I did it…I blinked…

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It feels like this semester just started…but unfortunately, it is now over.  It has flown by.  My #LearningProject has also flown by!  Seems like yesterday I was just beginning to think what I wanted to learn over the course of my time in EDTC300 (Education Technology and Media in the Classroom).  Throughout this class, I was instructed to choose a topic that could be progressive and substantive throughout a semester.  I was also required to use the majority of the resources that I found online to assist me in my learning through my #LearningProject.  We were to blog about our process week-to-week and to share our progress with the online world and our peers.  With much humming and hawing, I chose to learn American Sign Language (ASL).

This was a skill that I had little to no experience with.  I was also so eager to learn ASL though, as I saw it all the time through movies I’ve watched, through my sister learning ASL from her friends who are apart of the deaf community, as well as in public from the people around me.  But what had the most influence on me, toward learning ASL was from watching and basically falling in love with Nyle DiMarco (famous actor, advocate, and model) from the popular tv show, Dancing with the Stars.  From watching him dance week-to-week, and listening to his home story/experiences and learning what brought him to the show made me want to learn ASL even more.

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I watched his family video, I added the app that he teaches ASL on, I supported his advocacy campaign through purchasing one of his BeYOUtiful apparel items and I also relate to him through the fact that he has a very closely knit Italian background as well as I do!  When watching him sign on Dancing with the Stars, I found myself trying to learn to sign along with him by pausing the channel, etc.  What an amazing individual and even more inspiring through all that he has and is continuing to accomplish.

I used these above online resources, my sister’s ASL Dictionary, various YouTube tutorials, as well as my sister’s friends knowledge, from the deaf community, on the accuracy of my signing through the duration of my #LearningProject.  All of these resources, online, hard-copy and in face-to-face interaction, supported my learning in this ongoing process.

I can say that I have grown and developed in my ASL skills and am very proud in all that I have accomplished, but I still have a ways to go as I will continue to learn ASL and become fluent in this inspiring and profound language!

Below is a recap of my #LearningProject journey:

#LearningProject Recap

Welcome All To, #KeepCalm&SignOn!

  • Introduction, planning process, and how my #LearningProject will be laid out

Introducing Myself Through Signing

  • Week 1 of my #LearningProject
  • My initial thought process and challenges
  • Introducing myself by signing “Hi, my name is Manuela”

SIGNabet – ABC Learn With Me

1-2-3…Come On & Sign With Me

  • Week 3 of my #LearningProject
  • Learning to sign the #’s 1-15
  • The resources that I used adventuring into the ASL number realm, were: a Youtube tutorial, for beginners to learn numbers 1-15 in sign language, The ASL app: Know Your Numbers – Intro & 0-10, and the guidance and assistance of my sister, Alessandra
  • Challenges in learning from videos without people speaking and just sign

Mia Famiglia

  • Week 4 of my #LearningProject
  • Learning to sign a variety of family nouns
  • Awesome source which has a plethora of ASL teaching resources.  From a site called signbabysign.org. (look up how to sign a particular word)
  • This weeks inspiration not only came from my own family, but it also had a huge impact from Nyle DiMarco.  I have mentioned him before in some of twitter posts that are related to ASL.  On Nyle’s website, he has a video from his BeYOUtiful campaign titled, Family. (So touching…)
  • What or who can you become an activist for?

Integrating ASL into the Classroom

  • Week 5 of my #LearningProject
  • Teachers are using sign language to
  • Advantages and benefits to children with using ASL in the classroom
  • Videos of me signing: manners, the 5 W’s, yes and no, part one of school signs, and part two of school signs.  
  • Online resources that I used: Manners, 5 W’s, Yes & No – learned from The ASL APP. , Part 1: School Signs – learned from an app ASL on a smartphone, and Part 2: School Signs – learned from SignSchool app on smartphone

Colours

  • Week 6 of my #LearningProject
  • Learning how to sign some colours
  • For this blog post, I am gathered inspiration and resources from my classmate, Rebecca Hitchens, in which her post is extremely helpful on Colours and Clothes
  • I used the ASL apps that I have mentioned above
  • Connecting and relating it to my own artistic talents and bringing learning colours into the classroom in a different language than what children are used to

MMMM…..Food! Signing my Favourites! 🙂 

  • Week 7 of my #LearningProject
  • Learning how to sign a variety of commonly known food items, yummy breakfast items as well as cultural eats with my favourites in Italian cuisine
  • Online resources: SignSchool app on my smartphone (which I have used in previous blog posts)

Don’t Be Afraid To Show Your True Colours

Animals with Addy!!

  • Week 9 of my #LearningProject
  • This week I decided to teach my 4-year-old niece, Adrienne to sign animals with me
  • To learn some of the signs that we didn’t know, we searched a YouTube tutorial on how to sign animals in ASL
  • Give it a watch 🙂 She’s adorable!!! PLEASE NOTE: Also making a guest appearance in our video is the well known, Belle#2 in my sweater! (She couldn’t be left out as my niece ordered heheh)

“Zia Man, Let’s Make Funny Faces!”

  • Week 10 of my #LearningProject
  • Learning how to sign some emotions with my niece Adrienne
  • Adrienne inspired this week’s learnings by beginning to make funny faces to me and it gave me such inspiration to have her co-starring this week in signing our emotions away
  • Online resource used: YouTube tutorial video on how to sign emotions
  • **Again this week, Belle#2 couldn’t miss out on the spotlight so she had to sit front row in Zia’s (auntie in Italian) sweater.

Holidays??? We Wish…

  • Week 11 of my #LearningProject
  • Learning to sign some national holidays: Christmas, Easter, Hanukkah, Halloween, Happy Birthday and Thanksgiving
  • We had difficulty signing with combining 2 signs together, i.e. Thanksgiving – signing the word ‘Thanks’ and then signing ‘giving’
  • Online resource: YouTube tutorial on Holiday Signs in American Sign Language
  • It’s a long way down the ‘holiday road,’  but we had a great time on our holiday road with signing (HEHE)!

Reflecting on the Idea of Learning Online

a. The fact that if you mess up or get frustrated with a certain aspect of your learning, you do not get judged by others for it, as it is only you and your lonesome learning the newly found skill

  • there were many times each week that I got really frustrated with myself if I couldn’t get a sign down or remotely even do it
  • I could stop what I was doing if I would get too heated, go do something that would calm and take my mind off of it and then come back to it with a clear mind

b. To be able to learn ASL alone without distraction or interruption and at my own pace (as a classroom would otherwise)

  • I was able to go learn in a quiet space in the comfort of my own house (more often than not in my comfortable bedroom)
  • there was a deadline for each #LearningProject post but it wasn’t strict and I was relaxed and not stressed or overwhelmed in getting them completed and published each week
  • pretty mellow atmosphere

c. Receiving feedback, perspectives, suggestions, comments, ideas, advice, encouragement/praise, resources, etc., from my EDTC300 peers and from others in the online world, on my progress through my #LearningProject

There was a lot of commentary from my #LearningProject posts from my supportive EDTC300 peers, which you can go to my Final Networked Learning Wrap-Up document link for that!

d. To be able to connect with people through online interactions that live far away

  • some of EDTC300 peers lived in Yukon, which I thought was pretty cool to see how they do things over there and how their education differs than that of here in Regina
  • adding numerous people from all over the world to my PLN to collaborate with and converse with from my #Saskedchat encounter on Twitter

In Closing…

I am exposed to the benefits of learning online and gathering online resources from my peers and others professionals who are experienced in their differing fields.  I also now see the advantages of sharing my learnings through process and progress with the online world.  I have two big takeaways that I have from my #LearningProject:

  1. Receiving encouragement and feedback from my PLN, peers and online acquaintances

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                     2. Sharing my blog posts through WordPress, Twitter and Facebook using the                            hashtag #LearningProject and #EDTC300 (for people to navigate quicker)

I am super proud of where I am at in learning ASL, but I definitely have the willingness to continue on in my ASL journey!

Thanks, friends for tuning in to my #LearningProject for these 12 L O N G weeks.

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Also, many thanks for #KeepingCalm&SigningOn !!

Ciao! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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Summary of Learning: Shakespearian and Abe Style

I chose to record through audio using an app that I love, titled Puppet Pals!! 

This is a great app to use if you choose to not want to record a video including your face.  I had fun while using it.  I used different characters while speaking through reflecting on the course EDTC300.  Some of those characters were Abe Lincoln and William Shakespeare.

I strongly recommend this course to anyone out there and wants to learn about the cool things that I have outlined and described throughout my blog for the duration of this semester.  Also **SIDENOTE** Katia, the instructor/professor is amazing, so no worries there!!

Below is my Summary of Learning artifact.  The background got a little messed during translation of uploading I think…(which is so sad as it was the background of the Colleseum in Italy, Rome and now it just looks like some characters and a strip of colour…wah).  Believe it or not, it was working the entire time on my phone…before uploading.

Just bear with me, accompanied by technology for one last final HOORAH !!

And to continue…because it cut me short…(again, bear with me)

Hope you enjoyed viewing my weekly blog postings!  Have a great summer to all!!

Ciao for now! 🙂

Holidays??? We Wish…

-Week 11-

This week we learned to sign some of the national holidays.  The holidays that we learned were Christmas, Easter, Hanukkah, Halloween, Happy Birthday and Thanksgiving.  These were a bit difficult to learn as some of them were combining two signs and some were one single motion.  We used a YouTube tutorial on Holiday Signs in American Sign Language

Don’t miss out on watching us signing our holidays away!!! Again…super adorable!

It’s a long way down the ‘holiday road,’  but we had a great time on our holiday road with signing (HEHE)!

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I really enjoyed teaching and learning alongside my niece, Adrienne.  It was very fun and we gained a lot of new knowledge throughout this process.

Thank you for watching… #KeepCalm&SignOn!!

 

“Zia Man, Let’s Make Funny Faces!”

-Week 10-

This week we decided to learn how to sign some emotions! Just like we did when we took this picture…

Signing emotions/feelings was an easy task for us to learn as we always have fun together and it was great to learn and be goofy at the same time!  Adrienne inspired this week’s learnings by beginning to make funny faces to me and it gave me such inspiration to have her co-starring this week in signing our emotions away.  We used a YouTube tutorial video to help us perfect the signs of these emotions, on how to sign emotions

Below is the video we took of Adrienne and I signing!!

Again this week, Belle#2 couldn’t miss out on the spotlight so she had to sit front row in Zia’s (auntie in Italian) sweater.

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Hope you enjoyed this week’s blog post as much as we did! We will be back next week with learning how to sign some of our national holidays!

#KeepCalm&SignOn!

Animals with Addy!!

-Week 9-

This week I decided to teach my 4-year-old niece, Adrienne to sign animals with me.  It is best to learn ASL in early childhood, so this is extremely beneficial for her.  For example, when we were learning to sign animals, she caught on right away and was even teaching me how to sign.  To learn some of the signs that we didn’t know, we searched a YouTube tutorial on how to sign animals in ASL.

Below is the video that we signed together! Give it a watch 🙂 She’s adorable!!! Also making a guest appearance in our video is the well known, Belle#2 in my sweater!

It was a great opportunity to teach my niece sign language for the first time and we had fun learning how to sign animals.

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Be sure to check out next week’s blog post starring Adrienne!! Don’t miss out as we sign ’emotions’ together!

#KeepCalm&SignOn!

Don’t Be Afraid To Show Your True Colours

-Week 8-

The song that I decided to learn to sign this week was difficult to decide upon.  I had so many options in mind, but a lot of which did not turn out.  I instantly thought of Disney songs that I would like to learn to sign through ASL. I LOVE Disney movie soundtracks so much, they are my favourite and I am basically a child at heart…(oh well)!

What Disney movie and song is your favourite?

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My decisions were tough as my options were: How Far I Go, or You’re Welcome from Moana, Let It Go, or Do You Want to Build a Snowman from Frozen, Tale as Old as Time from Beauty and the Beast, and the list goes on.  I finally settled on a song from the Trolls movie, called True Colours.  I picked this song to learn as it was a slower song, it is definitely one of my favourites and it conveys great messages within it; bullying, deaf awareness, just to name a few.

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So without further adieu, below is the video of me signing for you! (punnnnny!!!!)

I gathered my knowledge of learning different hand gestures and signs from various YouTube tutorials and covers.  The video that helped me the most in my learnings for this week was: Signing to ‘True Colours’ (Trolls) Song for Deaf Awareness.  The process of learning and practicing this song was a lengthy one.  I had to mimic and learn the hand positions and signs from the man in the video and went through the whole song from start to finish about 10x over so I could somewhat be fluent in my signs.  When it came to video myself, I was nervous but got it on the first try so I was happy for myself, YAY!

I got the inspiration to sign a song from my ASL #LearningProject pals, Sydney Wall and her All the World is Made of Faith and Trust and Pixie Dust! blog post signing Lost Boy by Ruth B. and Rebecca Hitchens and her blog post on Sign a Song – Update on my #LearningProject.  Check these phenomenal and impressive ladies as they sign away and progress in their learning a new language very amazingly and with great confidence!

I honestly cannot believe I learned how to sign a song.  I am so proud of myself for doing so!!

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This was a fun week of learning! But don’t change that channel, I will be back soon with more on…

#KeepCalm&SignOn!

MMMM…..Food! Signing my Favourites :)

-Week 7-

FOOD Items!

When I was deciding what to learn for this week, I was thinking of different things that I personally love, so food automatically came to mind…and became really REALLY hungry!!!! Food is needed for the well-being, good health, of a person, and it is an important signifier in my family as it brings my loved ones together ❤

First, I decided to learn how to sign the variety of foods that I love under the category of:

BREAKFAST!!!

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As follows are 2 videos that I shared for all to see and learn of signing what I learned from the SignSchool app on my smartphone (which I have used in previous blog posts)! I love breakfast!

Next, I wanted to learn different cultural foods from my family’s background (maternal side), so I decided to sign foods from:

Italian Cuisine!!!

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Here are 2 videos of me signing away with my Italian cuisine favourites, just like momma and Nonna make!! ❤

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(**Sidenote**: for those of you that don’t know… A little Italian lesson in there for y’all) 😀

Lastly, I signed some of my favourite eats!

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That’s it, that’s all folks! Until next week…

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While you wait, #KeepCalm&SignOn!

 

 

COLOURS!!!!

-Week 6-

I am learning COLOURS!!!!

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For this blog post, I am gathered inspiration and resources from my classmate, Rebecca Hitchens, in which her post is extremely helpful on Colours and Clothes. From her post, I learned that the hand positioning for certain colours is significant when signing them and the rationale behind it. What an insightful and useful blog post for others to learn from as well!! To add to my learning resources for this weeks content, I chose YouTube tutorial videos and the ASL apps that I have on my smartphone, which I have been using throughout my #LearningProject experience to gather information on as well.

Here are two videos of me learning the colours, so click PLAY and learn along with me 😀

It was fun learning the colours as I am really into vibrant colours; visual art, so for example, colouring, painting, and drawing. It wasn’t too difficult to learn these colours, but it wasn’t easy either.  I can take what I learned and teach young children about the different colours in ASL, a different language and in a way that they aren’t used to!

Hope you took something away from this post!

#KeepCalm&SignOn Y’all  :)!

 

Integrating ASL Into the Classroom

-Week 5-

Teachers are using sign language to:

  1. Manage students behaviour
  2. Keep students actively engaged
  3. Assist students in literacy development of phonics, reading, and spelling
  4. Assist students in speech development
  5. Assist students in language development
  6. Promote positive peer to peer communication and interactions

There are so many advantages and benefits to using and implementing sign language into the classroom.  What I wanted to learn this week included a few phrases that students may ask in the classroom, such as:

  • “May I go to the washroom?”
  • “I have a question” or “I need help”
  • “May I go get a drink of water?”

…but, it didn’t quite work out, as availability over the break with a close family friend from the deaf community schedule and my schedule didn’t match up.  It is fine because it gave me a chance to learn other school signs in place of those phrases.  I will learn those phrases at a different time, as they will come in handy when my students want to ask questions in the classroom.

The videos that I have presented to you for this week are again broken down into audio and no audio for each thing that I learned.  So, the first 2 videos are of me signing manners, the 5 W’s, yes and no, the second 2 videos are of me signing part one of school signs, and the last 2 videos are of me signing part two of school signs.  

Watch! Enjoy! Learn! Sign! 🙂

Manners, 5 W’s, Yes & No – learned from The ASL APP.

Part 1: School Signs – learned from an app ASL on a smartphone. 

Part 2: School Signs – learned from SignSchool app on smartphone. 

Check these insightful apps out, they’re awesome for any age!!!

Get techy with me and…

#KeepCalm&SignOn!

Mia Famiglia

-Week 4-

This week I learned a variety of family nouns!  It was fun learning them as they are extremely relevant to my life.  As I am a sister, auntie, friend, niece, and girlfriend, and have a mom, dad, grandparents, aunties, uncles, friends, 2 nieces, a soon-to-be nephew, a boyfriend and 3 sisters.

I learned these particular family nouns and more from a really awesome source which has a plethora of ASL teaching resources.  From a site called signbabysign.org.  It is super easy and user friendly, you type the word you want into the ASL dictionary search engine and click on the word you were wanting to learn and it gives you a great video that helps you learn how to sign that word.

This weeks inspiration not only came from my own family, but it also had a huge impact from an actor, model and activist of the deaf community, Nyle DiMarco.  I have mentioned him before in some of twitter posts that are related to ASL.  On Nyle’s website, he has a video from his BeYOUtiful campaign titled, Family.  Please give this a watch!!! If this doesn’t give you inspiration for pretty much anything, I don’t know what will<3<3<3 So touching…

We both come from Italian backgrounds and strong ties.  I am super family oriented, and his video explains Nyle’s life and his family ties so elaborately.  He has influenced me to become an advocate for people of the deaf community, to assist those whose parents do not sign in order to communicate with them and to help them find their identity and pride in order to succeed through life.

I honestly think ASL is so profound and utterly amazing! Choosing this language to learn for my #LearningProject assignment has been such a blessing and gets me super excited to use my new found talent and skills within my daily life and future endeavours!

Help someone, and become an advocate! What are you most passionate about learning? What or who can you become an advocate for?

Keep following along through learning with me…but remember..

#KeepCalm&SignOn !!