Networking with Technology

EDTC 300 is coming to a sad end. This class has been a joy to participate in. Every week we were talking about something new. The most interesting portion of this class was listening every week to what my fellow classmates had to share, that been on zoom, slack, twitter or their personal blog. We were constantly networking together and learning from one another. This was probably one of the most important things we were taught, was how we can use technology as a resource to better ourselves and to learn from others.

Some things that we did in this course was contributing to others learning, that being through commenting on the blog posts, or sharing tweets and resources on twitter, having conversations on zoom or sharing and asking questions and giving answers on slack. We had to work together to benefit one another. I was lucky enough to have been able to learning rom others and to share with others learning in all these different ways.

The first way of networking that I want to discus is the use of our personal blogs. I was familiar with this platform before, with posting and commenting. although before this class I hated it as stated in other blog posts. I was commenting to benefit myself or others and learning together, I was only doing it because it was made a requirement in the class. Although this class showed me what blogging can hold. In a more recent post I spoke on how I have started to enjoy blogging more and how it is like resume. Blogging is also a great way to connect with others. Here I was able to share my thoughts on topics and share my learning project and people in the class and outside of the class could comment on it. They would ask me questions or give me advice or ideas on different things. It was really helpful to see who was following along and then you can play to your audience and try their ideas. You can actually learn a lot about a person from reading their blog. In this class we also had to comment on other peoples blogs, going into it I though of it the same way I did about my other classes where I had to comment on blog posts, but the more we got into the more I understood the point of it.  I can read other peoples in blogs, take our class for example. I tried to read one of each person in this classes blog. Here I was able to comment on how they are doing, what their inspirations were, give them suggestions. These people did the same thing on my blog and it was really helpful. It’s a great way to help those around you with their learning and for you to receive as well. It can also be really encouraging. So many people had such kind words to say and it makes you feel good, like your doing a good job blogging and sharing! Here are some pictures of things people have commented on my posts, with resources, kind words and questions.

i had so many great conversations commenting on others personal blogs. its also a great way to meet new people. I knew somewhat, a couple people in this class, but after reading their blogs I felt like I was given an opportunity to get to know them in a different way. An example of this could be found in Kaeliy’s blog. we talked about her learning project and she chose it, or in Shelly’s blog where she shared a new resource and I listened to her experience in this class. I enjoyed getting to share my blogs with others and the pleasure of reading theirs as well.

The second way of connecting with others that contributed to learning for them and myself was the use of twitter. Again as said before in other blog posts I wasn’t a fan of twitter (like not at all). I had it before this class and just could not get into it and to the point of it, I was also only a lurker. Although this course taught me the meaning of twitter and showed me the potential it has for my learning and the learning of others. With twitter it gives the opportunities to share endless resources, make connections, and create conversations with others. In this class I was able to participate in live chats on twitter. This was something completely new to me, although, threw this I was able to connect with so many new people. Different educators all over Sask I was able to make connections with. This was such a cool experience and really was the start to opening my eyes just as to how I could use twitter. On twitter we were supposed to tweet, retweet, and comment on a variety of posts. We also used feedly, here is where I was able to find great resource that I then share on twitter. When you share resources on twitter it reaches an endless amount of people. I also was able to comment on other posts. Here other posed questions and we could respond to them. It was so interesting to see and read what other educators are curious about, often I had the same questions. We could work together and help one another out. I would share my ideas and such on various topics just as other people would share their idea on various topics when I would ask questions and such. Now at the end of this course, I do enjoy going on twitter, not just as a lurker, but as a contributor. This is to help myself become the best educator I can be learning from others and to help others and be a resource so that they to can become better educators. below are some screen shots i took of conversation and comments that I had with others where we were able to discus topics that would help us answer questions and make ourselves more knowledgable.

The last use of technology we used in EDTC 300 to contribute to others learning was slack. Now  here is where the class share many things. Our professor Katia had it set up in different categories. We had categories for questions and answers, resource sharing, recordings, instruction, random things and more. Depending on what you needed or wanted to share, you could add anything to our class slack. Here we could ask questions and then use one another to help each other out. Giving advice or guidance was great! Another thing was that we could share resources, so if I found a resource that I liked I would share it there for the class to personally have. We could also have conversations with people in the class on here. It was a great was to simply network and help one another out in this course. Below are some screenshots of interactions I had, had with fellow classmates.

This class has taught me so much and has opened my eyes as to all the possibilities there are with technology and networking with others. You share resources and communicating with others and reading others resources are all great ways that teachers and educators can work together to make each other even better. I am so grateful to have learned what I did in this course and am excited to take it with me as I start my career this fall! Cheers

Wrapping Up My ASL Learning Project

Hi Everyone,

This is my final post for my EDTC 300 learning project. Throughout my 7 weeks I have learnt so much about myself and what I chose to learn. The idea of this project was to pick something we have always wanted to learn, or have recently wanted to learn. Here we had to use different technology platforms to help us learn our ‘thing’.

For my learning project I chose to learn American Sign Language (ASL). I chose to learn this because I have had an interest in learning it for the last five-ish years. I started getting an interest in it because I was watching the TV show “Switched at Birth” where the one sister is deaf. I though it was so interesting and cool how she was able to speak without speak. I started to somewhat learn it back then, but then lost an interest. Another opportunity when it came up was in my Internship. I taught a five senses unit and there is an indicator about the aids with hearing and so I taught my Grade 1/2’s the alphabet and then made each student a name card with their name in sign language, and they learn their name and then share it with others. Although I ended up forgetting what I had learnt, between these two opportunities. So, when this opportunity came in this class to learn something, I thought this was perfect. I think that it would be really great to become somewhat fluent in sign language and know some of the basics and such so that I could communicate with others, and a great chance for me to memorize the language.

My goal throughout this whole project was to become somewhat fluent in sign language, because as an educator, throughout my career I may come across a student that is deaf, and it would be hard for them. Although, if I was able to communicate with them in sign language, then it would make the student fell welcome, and it would also create a relationship that would unforgettable for the student and myself. As a pre-service teacher we hear all the time that creating relationships is one of the most important things when your in the classroom, so I took this as an opportunity to create a future relationship.

When I first started this project I said I wanted to learn:

  • The alphabet
  • The 5 W’s (who, what, where, when, why) to ask questions
  • Some basic conversation words and phrases

Although I learned much more then what my first intentions were. I took a huge interest in this as the weeks continued to go on. It was really quit enjoyable to learn.

Moving into week 1 of actually learning ASL I learnt half of the alphabet and learnt this through YouTube. The Youtube videos I watched were “ASL ABC Lesson and Song” and “The ASL Alphabet: American Sign Language Letters A-Z”. YouTube was great in showing me what to do, and how to do it properly. Although moving forward every week I same what wanted to change it up so that I was learning this in as many different ways as possible. Week 1 video.

In week 2 I finished the alphabet and was becoming more confident in myself and where this project was going to take me. For this week I decided to use a photo in learning this. I kind of liked it, but realized that it was sustainable when moving forward and getting into words that would require movement. Week 2 video.

For week 3 I found an app, “The ASL App”. This had to be one of my favorite ways to learn sign language. I loved that you could pick the words that you wanted to learn. You could slow the video down and watch it as many times as you wanted. For this week I learnt the words: hello, who, what, where, when, why, how, me, my, your/yours, friends, bye, deaf, hearing, want, like, thank, yes and no. This seems like a lot, but it wasn’t bad, and I was having a lot of fun doing it so… yeah (haha). Week 3 video.

Week 4 I moved on and found a website that taught ASL called “Sign Language 101” now the thought behind it was great, but I didn’t really like it. The lessons were taught quit fast and it was hard to rewind to re-watch, as the teacher only did each sign maybe twice. This week I learnt the words: maybe, good, don’t want, restroom, lights on, lights off, go, stop, walk, run, eat, bath, shower, TV, game, play, sick, bad, feel, day, night, today, tonight. We were also required to try out a tech tool, I chose to pick “Splice” a video editing tool, and I loved, its an app for iPhones and it is super easy to use (100% recommended… well by me). Week 4 video.

Going to week 5 I was excited. My professor recommend to me I try to learn ASL though Tik Tok, now if you’ve read some of my other posts, I love Tik Tok (haha, check me out, throw me a follow). So I searched on Tik Tok and found a couple of users to learn from, now by accident the first person I was learning from was actually teaching be BSL (British sign Language), I kind of knew there was different types, but I really didn’t realize, till she made a post comparing the two. So, I found a new account on Tik Tok and followed alone there. I pick a couple of different videos to learn from and learnt the words: the seasons (summer, fall, winter, spring), are you hungry?, breakfast, lunch, supper, snack, people, woman, man, girl, boy, coronavirus, wash your hands, hand soap, hand sanitizer, face mask, gloves, tissues, stay home and stay safe. This was one of my favourite weeks for sure. Week 5 video.

Finally we moved onto week 6. This was my final week of learning ASL (well for this project). I chose to learn through Instagram this week. I started my just search Sign Language and a bunch of accounts showed up, so I went through the first couple and found one that suited me the best. I also enjoyed learning this way, it was super simple sand on a platform I was familiar with. This week I learnt the days of the week and the months of the year. It was actually interesting learning how they sign the months of the year. Week 6 video.

Throughout all of the weeks and watching the videos, you can see how I gained a confidence in what I was doing. I also found some love for it. I knew that I was interested in this before, but once I got into it, I really started to enjoy it, and looked forward to what I was going to learn in the following weeks. I have been practice all of the words that I learned week in and week out (haha, especially now as there is really not a lot to do). I did this though because I truly do want to be good at it and so that I could memorize everything I was learning.

Now, our class maybe over, but that doesn’t mean I am going to stop learning ASL. Even after this class I am still going to learn ASL and will continue practicing it. When I said I wanted to learn ASL for being a future teacher, I really did mean it. What better time then now to promote myself for something coming soon.

This project as been one of my favorite things throughout my university experience and I think that this would be a great assignment to promote in schools. This type of project could be done somewhat in all grades, just adapted. I am a strong believer in teaching to the students interests and so what better way then this.

This class and assignment is one I’ll never forget and will continue learning even after. Thank you to everyone who has watched me grow here! I hope you all got something out of this and look forward to learning more ASL in the future, Cheers!

ASL now taking on Instagram

Hey! This is my second last week of the learning project. Last week I learnt ASL through Tik Tok, I did say that I was going to learn this week on Tik Tok again through as different account. Although when it came time to do some new learning, I realized that I can do this thorough a different media. I thought well I love instagram so why not look for some learning on ASL there. Ive learnt a ton of different things on Instagram, so why not ASL.

I started looking on Instagram by typing in the search, sign language, from there, there was a ton of different accounts. I looked at the top three and picked the one I thought suited me the best. The account it called sign_language_takelessons it has a ton of videos teaching different words in sign language, it tells you the word they are teaching in the caption and then the person says the word and then teaches it.

For this week I decided to learn the days of the week and the months of the year. The days of the week were fairly easy to learn, but the months of the year were a little harder. For the months of the year you spell out the words, but not the whole word. Often your just signing the first 3- 4 letters of the month. It was was some what are to memorize which months used what amount of letters, but it wasn’t bad.

Here is the video of the words I learn. I hope you all enjoy and stay tuned for my final video next week!

EDTC 300 as a whole… Summary of Personal Learning

Hey!

Here is my summary of my personal learning in EDTC 300. This course has taught me so much and I am really glad that I decided to take it. It covered so much information and this is just a tiny glimpse of it all. I used Prezi as my artifact for this assignment, it is just a fancier version of a powerpoint. It is some what hard to use at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s a great resource. I hope you get the opportunity to watch my video. Thanks for following a long with me as a participated in EDTC 300, Cheers!

 

Coding with Pre Service Elementary Educator…?

This week in EDTC 300 we talked about coding. Now, when I first think of the term coding, I think of people who know how to really work a computer, an engineer. Really smart, know their technology people, but here we had to do it. Going into this I was so nervous and worried on how someone like me was going to do this. I am good at social media apps and that sort of stuff, “phone business” if I should say, but when it comes to this sort of stuff I am clueless.

To get started Katia gave us a couple of different places we could go to get the idea of coding and such. I looked at the different ones but found that Code.org seemed to suit me the best. it took me a little bit to figure out where to go and what I was doing. Although I then went onto the Hour of Code option. Here they have a selection of different things to chose from to start beginner coding. I chose the the game “coding adventure”. Here it starts of fairly easy and then brings you through the different things to type and add to “play the game”. down below you can see how it progressed. it guided you threw it really nice and easily.

Here in the screen shots you can see how the I was able to progress threw this activity and how the coding kept getting bigger and harder. Here I was just making the monkey move to get bananas, now if we were to scale this larger, you could see just how long it would take to make something such as Instagram.

This experience has opened up my idea to coding. going into it I thought of it as something I would never be able to do, but then after trying it out through the Code.org website, it was actually kinda fun. This is something I could see myself exploring more in the future. I think it gives you a good idea just as to how much work goes into the smallest of games or paint apps. I have a lot of respect for those people who enjoy doing this, their time and patience. I learned that a lot goes into something that seems so small.

I think that coding is something that one should use in their classroom. I think that it is important to show students how things are actually made up. Using something like hour of code could be a great little assignment for students to use. I think they would enjoy this because they could be playing like a game and also gain an understanding of how the technology they use is created. I think it is important for all people to see how what we use is made up and understand some what of how it is put together.

Fake News…

With everything become more on the internet now of days we need to become more digitally literate. There is so much fake news out there and sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference with it, but if we can make more people aware that fake news is a thing then maybe we can find more real news. Something Katia brought up in class on Tuesday was that on our media, they are tricking us, showing us more of what we are interested in and not the whole stories. An example of this is if you were more a dog person, the medias would show you more of other people who are also dog people and you wouldn’t see much of the cat people, useless you go and do that looking up yourself. I think this is something else we should also become more ware of. I have to say myself, I need to me more digitally literate. Things we were discussing in class I knew about, but I’ve just never done looking into, but now as a future educator I am seeing the importance of this.

I think that as educators we need to make our students aware of false news and the importance of fact checking. They are our future and so we need to teach them and set them up for a true successful future. I think in elementary it would be harder to teach our students about false news, but in high school this is for sure something they need to know about, as they go into University it is important they know what fake news is. In elementary school I think we should be starting to introduce the idea of it is, and start to show them some ways to identify false news. In the article “how do we teach students to identify fake news?” by Dr Alec Couros and Katia Hilderbrandt it talks about this topic and then later provides strategies and ideas to hep students identify fake news and become critical readers. In the TEDEd “how to choose your news” by Damon Brown it discuss how so may topics on our media are corrupted and we don’t even realize it. There are so many secrets we have no idea about. In this video they suggest when learning about the news try checking it multiple times throughout the day and with different sources. This will allow you to see all sides to a story, fact and opinions, and to be aware of which on of those you are reading as well. Although when checking different sources, see who the source is, anonymous sources often don’t have the whole truth. Most importantly check your facts before spreading it. In the video “helping students identify fake news with the five C’s of critical consuming” by John Spencer, he share a 5 step process to help students. 1.context,  2.credibility,  3.construction, 4.corroboration, and 5.compare.

Looking into how we could fit this into the Saskatchewan Curriculum, I think it could go with the high school communication class, and into our English Language Arts classes. I think in most grade we could tie this into their English Language Arts curriculum in responding to various our texts. It is something important to discuss with your students and therefore I think when a topic has importance you can find an area of the curriculum to fit it in with. Using integrated studies is a great example of this.

I think the goals of the NCTE is a great idea, I think that media and the internet is our future and we are already starting to see that. Being able to put this into more of our subjects I think is important and in great use for students. As I said earlier in this post, integrated studies is key and is great for students and we can use that here with the NCTE framework.

 

Finding Personal Information Online (how much can you find?)

This week in EDTC we talked about our digital citizenship and then went forward and discussed what you can come across in your online presence. The task was to find someone in the class to “creep on” or better words cyber sleuth. Yep, we need to look up our partners on the internet and see how much information we can find out about them and then reflect on it.

For this I am to find as much information as I can on Mikaela Deguzman. Here’s what I found;

  • She’s 23, born on November 16
  • She’s from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • She’s a able- bodied, cisgender woman (she/her/hers), and is Filipino
  • She can speak English, Tagalog (the main dialect spoken in the Philippines), and French as she went to French immersions schools from Kindergarten till she graduated in 2014
  • She went to Sask Poly and received a level 3 ECE in 2017
  • She went to the U of S at a point
  • She is currently enrolled in the Elementary Education program at the U of R and here she is in her 4th year, going into internship in the Fall
  • She enjoys baking, cake decorating, painting, doodling, and anything that involved being creative.
  • She also enjoys travelling and spending time with her friends, family, and pet rabbit called Sven
  • Mikaela also goes by the name Mik
  • I found that for her Learning project she is learning how to decorate cookies

I was able to find this information threw her Twitter, Facebook, Linked in, and personal blog. I couldn’t find her on Instagram, snapchat or Tik Tok, but my assumption is that she may have some of those. Based on what I was able to find I think that she seems like a really nice person. The way she decorated and the ascetic she chose for her stuff, I can see how creative she is and it gives vibes on her inner teacher. She comes off as though she would be a good friend considering how she includes them as some of her interests. Something about just all of her material seems so professional and well put together. I think the amount of information she has is just right, there is enough material to get a good idea on who she is, but also enough to allow herself to have a personal and private life. Overall after doing research on Mikaela she seems like she could be a really great teacher and a kind person.

Now we looked into what you can find on someone when using the web, for Mikaela it was only good, but not for everyone. I’ve spoke on something like this before in one of my more recent blog posts, but ill say it again for the ones in the back… (supposed to be a joke, not sure if all will get it, haha) there are good and bad in social medias. Yes, you can put yourself out there, and some feel like they can say whatever they want, but the truth is that there is bad to that, saying whatever you want on social media can come back to get you sometimes, even if it’s a joke. We see this in the media all the time, with celebrities, and the media talking their words and turning them, now some people say any publicity it good publicity, but in some cases that’s not always true. For an example in the video “how one tweet can ruin your life” by Jon Ronson he uses an example of a girl named Justine Sacco and how one tweet just ruined her. She tweeted “going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!”.  Looking at this at first we can see just how bad this may look and that exactly how twitter took, the people on there ate this up. The joke was really to mock her privilege, she said “living in American puts us in a bit of a bubble when it comes to what is going on in the third world, I was making fun of that bubble”. Now the media not knowing exactly where it was coming from took it the wrong way, and that’s how things change online. People online are clever and also stupid. As it said in the video it gives a voice to the voiceless, but in good and bad ways. Being aware of what you are posting and who will see your material or who will share your material is something people need to be aware of, and something else to go with that is, once its out there it will always be there. It only takes one person to see it before you then lose ownership of it.

To move forward with this topic, is considering different platforms. I as many people have many different social medias. I for example use almost all of them; Instagram, twitter, snapchat, Facebook, Tik Tok, email, text, and VSCO. Just as I assume many people my age, even older and especially younger use these all as well. I portray myself for the most part the same on most apps, although for some people, they see the different medias as to share different things. They think they have different audiences on different platforms. They discussed this more in the article  “having multiple online identities is more normal then you think” by Nicole Lee. It seems as though this is something a lot of people do and after reading this I think I apply to this. Ill be honest I have 2 Instagram’s, one that I post nice photos on and have a big following on and then one I only have my close friends on where I post more silly pictures or ‘fails’. I post more successful and timeline moments on Facebook, and good quality photos, but not insta worthy photos on my VSCO, and selfies that have zero effort with snapchat, and on and on. Lets be honest lots of us to this and we are really aware of it, it’s a subconscious. We have different behaviors on different platforms.

Now thinking about all of this in the long term, is making people more aware of this. You can find anything you want about people threw different platforms. Teaching students to be aware of this and the good and bad it can have are all very important things to consider when talking about our digital citizenship.

Learning ASL with Tik Tok

Hey!

So this is my fifth week of my learning project and I have loved every step of this so fair! In the past weeks I have started to learn and memorize so many works and such that I think are going to be nice skills to have in life. When I first started the project I used YouTube videos, and pictures. Then I moved onto an app that I had found. I love this ASL app so much, such a great an easy way to learn something new. Then I went forward and tried out a different resource, I tried from this website, now I didn’t like the website as much, I was comparing it to the app and honestly, learning through the website I found it to be frustrating. This week I wanted to look somewhere new that I could learn some basic ASL.

In our class we just got back our midterm assessments and feedback. My professor noticed on one of my blog posts that I mentioned I had Tik Tok, she suggested I look there for ASL learning. So sure enough I thought that was the best idea as I love this app (for whatever reason, haha). So I started looking there. I just typed in ASL and found a bunch of people who have posted about it, so then I had to go through the people and find ones who were more teaching it. I found this one girl and I though she was good and easy to learn from, but then she duet’ed another person teaching sign language and I noticed that was wasn’t teaching ASL she was teaching BSL (British Sign Language) so then I went and followed the girl who she was dueting with that was doing ASL. Now I am not master at sign language, but I did know there was different types and it was interesting to actually see the difference in the video. Anyways now I have been learning from this other girl who actually does ASL (I checked into it, all good). she also really good at teaching it and makes the lesson easy to learn.

So now going into learning from this new platform I didn’t really have a plan or an idea on what I was going to learn, so I started just watching a bunch of her videos and I picked some words and phrases I liked and thought would be some good basics. I learn’t ;

  • seasons (summer, fall, winter, spring)
  • are you hungry?
  • breakfast
  • lunch
  • dinner
  • snack
  • people
  • woman
  • man
  • girl
  • boy
  • wash your hands
  • coronavirus
  • hand soap
  • hand sanitizer
  • face mask
  • gloves
  • tissues
  • stay home and stay safe

Throughout this I found all these words within four different videos. I really enjoyed learning ASL this way. I think moving forward I may look for some more people to check out and see how that goes. I just have been really into Tik Tok and so then bringing something I like into something I want to learning is great. I have learnt in my university classes thank students learn something better when its while doing something they like or learning about something they want to, so here my professor reminded me of that, and I am finding it to be really rewarding and fun!

 

Taking Risks and Gaining Reward

We as teachers I think do have some responsibility when it comes to modelling active citizenship and anti-oppressive education. I think we have been given a platform where we can make others aware of the circumstances that happen, regardless of what it is. Although I think when we do experience these idea we need to show it with an unbiasedness. I read this article called “Teaching for social justice and Approaches to citizenship Education in Social Studies” by Marco Di Giacomo and it talks about how as teachers we should be teaching the students about this topic, to make them aware and give knowledge about topics to help them be more contributive members. I think doing this and making people aware online is something different to consider. As a teacher you can reach out to so many people. I could see myself using say twitter to talk about things such as active citizenship and anti-oppressive education. I am still newish to Twitter and still trying to find a love for it, but I have found a lot of great resources on there that have been helping educate me on this topic. I am not usually one to talk about something such as this, but through the resources I have found I may turn a leaf or two when it comes to making others aware, while still being fair to all. You can really reach a lot of people and find really good resources when you look into the digital world.

I think when it comes to considering any risk or benefits with something like this it can be hard. If you go too much one way you’ll find hate and if you go to much the other way there will also be hate. I think as some one with the platform you have to balance it perfectly. I think there can be a lot of reward with teaching and giving awareness, but I don’t think you can show a biasses. I read this article and it talks about how you short change your students when you express a biases. Students for the most part eat up anything you tell them, therefor, when you lead them one way they are more than likely also going to think that way as well. So to be fair to your students and where they come from we as teachers need to show it fairly. If we teach both sides to everything then I think there will be more reward. Within yourself and in your personal matters, a biases is found and there is bias in everything anyone does. You could be watching a cooking show and deep down your low key rooting for someone, the same goes with political matters, but as a professional I think sometimes you need to hide your biases to be fair to all. It can be tricking educating people, but very rewarding.

Trying New Things

Hey Everyone,

Along with keeping you all updated with how my ASL is going, we had another task this week and that was to find an app or website, to edit with or help you, really anything. I chose to pick a video editing app because I don’t edit my videos I just take them in one try and post it because it is really the easiest way and it also uploads a lot quicker that way. Anyways the app I chose is called splice. Ive heard friends of mine suggest using this app they said it is super easy to use and such, but I usually use iMovie for my edits and thought that was good enough, although with this weeks task I thought it was a good opportunity to try it out. I watch some youtube videos to get a good idea of the app and that was a great way to get started in the app.

So, I believe you can use this on the computer (my just be MacBooks) and on phones as an app (again may just be iPhones) and its free to use. To get started I had to download the app. Then you get to name your project, in this case I named mine “week 4 LP EDTC 300” once that is complete you start creating your video. So, I started by adding my video in and they have it really nicely set up for you to edits and trim you video really easily. Then you have options to add more medias, text, background sound, filters, and more. When you’re adding text you can also decide how much of the text you want in a certain place. so if I want the text to only be up for 5 seconds then I can adjust that. I chose to add text to my video some comments and I added the words that I was signing. with the videos, you have control over the volume you want, so if you want to had background music you can turn that down and turn the speaking up for vice versa. once you finish your video you can save it to you device or you can share it right from there to other media apps.

Consider I usually use iMovie, I found the I like this app a little better, its just easier to use and more straight forward, sometime I find iMovie to be a little hard to find my way around, I mean once you understand it, it can be easy and depending on the person I am sure it is easy for all. I just found splice to be more of a preference for me. I would suggest this app to anyone, its super simple and great for video editing starters (like myself here). Its free and I had fun putting together this weeks video with it. I think moving forward I will download it to my computer and will be using it to create more of my videos in the future.

Last week I leant the 5 W’s and much more, I really only used the ASL app and I loved everything about it. For this week I said I was going to actually check out the website I had linked to and tell you how I liked it. I also said I would continue with the ASL app as well. So I started with the app and went further into checking it out and there are many more things for me to learn there, but for you to get in depth on it then you do need t make purchases on it. So then I tried the Website (Sign Language 101) and I didn’t like it, I didn’t really get what I was all learning in this lesson, yes I knew they would be everyday signs and common phrases as that is what Lesson 3 said it was going to be about. I also decided to start at lesson 3 because I had already leant what lesson 1 and 2 were teaching. I just didn’t like the website as much as I liked the app. I found it hard to go back and re learn as the video just kept going, it was one 20 minute long video, and there was no slow version for me to watch and break down and just overall not my favorite way to learn sign language, I even became frustrated at time when trying to learn the new words and such. Although from this website I learnt:

  • Maybe
  • Good
  • Don’t want
  • Restroom
  • Lights on
  • Lights off
  • Go
  • Stop
  • Walk
  • Run
  • Eat
  • Bath
  • Shower
  • TV
  • Game
  • Play
  • Sick
  • Bad
  • Feel
  • Day
  • Night
  • Today
  • Tonight

I think that moving forward, I am going to continue on the ASL app as I really enjoy it, but I will for sure be looking at new and different ways to keep growing and updating you all! Moving forward I am not going to say I want to learn because I am not to sure yet, but I will follow through with what makes the most sense, and there is so much to still learn!

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