Posted in EDTC 300, Learning Project

“Every Day is a New Day” – Update on my #Learning Project

Another week has gone by and I have officially learned the days of the week and the months of the year. I started off by learning how to sign my name, then the alphabet, and then number 1-20. Last week I decided that it was time to learn the days of the week and the months of the year.

I found that once I wanted to become more advanced the apps that I was previously using to learn the basics (the alphabet and numbers 1-20) just weren’t helpful anymore. I needed to switch to more useful resources such as YouTube. When searching how to sign the days of the week I came across the video, “ASL Days of the Week and Song.” The nice thing about this video is that it is easy to understand and there is a clear explanation of which way your hand is to be positioned and what position your hand should be in.

Learning the days of the week I found easy. I have already mastered the alphabet so the days of the week wasn’t hard for me. See video below for my progress. Although, learning the months of the year was very difficult for me. On YouTube I found the video, “How to Sign Months & January-December – Learn American Sign Language ASL.”  The lady in this video knows how to sign and very well. I chose this video because the first run through shows how fluid you should be able to sign and the second run through slows it down so I am able to get the signing down. See the video below for my progress.

This week has been a battle learning the months of the year, but practice will make perfect. Next week I am going to learn my colours and articles of clothing. I want to find other resources to use online rather than just YouTube videos. I want to do some searching and see what I come up with.

I’ll see you all next week!

Posted in EDTC 300

My First Experience with #EdChat

My experience: 

When I first heard I had to do a twitter chat I was overwhelmed with anxiety. During our #edtc300 class we did a test trial of a twitter chat and just that alone brought me anxiety since it was something new to me. A twitter chat is just one of those things you have to do to get the hang of it.

I decided to do a #EdChat. I notified my followers that I would be taking part in an #EdChat to give them a heads up that I would be tweeting quite frequently for the next hour.

Almost instantly I got a reply from someone also involved in the #EdChat. This made me feel welcomed into the #EdChat although I still was worried how it was going to go.

Mark E. Weston Ph. D. posted the topic for that nights #EdChat conversations. The topic was: How do we go from teacher centered teaching to student centered learning. I waited for a question to be posted. I saw everyone answer some questions and I was very confused and started to get frustrated. So, after a little bit of a freak out I decided that the best thing to do was to answer the topic, which it seemed that everyone else was doing.

I put “A1” in front of my tweet to show that I was answering the first questions, but I noted that no one else was doing it. I felt even more lost and confused. Then someone replied to my tweet. I then realized that I was doing the right thing. I answered peoples replies and I started to reply to other people’s tweets. I started to get a hang of it. I looked down at the time and I couldn’t believe that I was already half an hour in. Once you get started you get caught up in it and catch the hang of it.

I tweeted for an hour and I’m not going to lie my head hurt after. The experience was an emotional roller-coaster but after I got a hang of it I felt pretty good about myself. I got into an in-depth conversation with others follow me on twitter to see the conversations.

I ended the night by thanking everyone in the #EdChat for making my experience a rememberable one. Although it did not start out as planned I did what I could and by the end I learned a lot from others in the teaching profession.

What value might there be in Twitter chats?

Twitter chats may seem very daunting at times but what you are able to learn from them is absolutely worth your time. I did the Twitter chat because I had to for this class, but I am glad I did. I learned so much about how to change your classroom from a teacher centered environment to a student centered learning environment. There are so many things that others can teach you, you just have to be willing to learn.