Archive for June, 2013


 

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As technology advances opportunities evolve in teaching American Sign Langauge. I am taking an online class to learn how to become a certified online educator. In this class the technology I am learning about and how it can be applied in my field is amazing. Often as an educator being complacent is a danger to both me and the students. The learning environment should be innovative, exciting and inspiring. It has been proven in numerous research that students learn best in this kind of environment. Especially now with the common core movement, teachers of all backgrounds to include core classes, electives and career technical education classes are encouraged to develop project-based assignments with a real-life relevance for students to participate in and learn from. This online training has my mind turning as to how I can apply more web 2.0 tools into my curriculum which is what students are using anyway.

So far in this class, I have learned about screen casting, google docs, presentations and more, as well as simple programs such as snipping tool that have been on my computer all this time that I never used…lol. Wow! This proves I need to explore a bit more. I have also taken a look at how Oovoo can be used as a tool in a sign language class. I never bothered to look at it before but now that I have Oovoo allows up to 12 people to interact at one time, students can send video messages, chat live, send written messages and watch YouTube videos with friends. This type of technology can open the door or provide continual development for complete online or blended (online &face to face) ASL classes. Of course there are other tools that can be used but this is a short list of examples.

A complete online ASL class maybe a challenge as ASL is a language that requires interaction more often face to face but as the world evolves and technology advances the deaf community is already connecting via web tools and online resources. The Deaf community is evolving too in methods of  socializing, techniques in education and technology to make environments “deaf friendly”.

Online learning is a trend in education that is growing and looks as though it is thriving and great success is happening. I would love for ASL to be a part of this trend that will become permanent. Even if educators considered offering ASL as part of a blended program both face to face and online offerings. This type of program would be great in to begin high schools and community colleges.

I do want to note that there are websites that have already begin using online curriculums and teach classes completely online. Therefore, it’s possible and is being done. I have not seen this yet in high schools, colleges nor universities and this is where I would like to see it begin.

So the driving question is why not?

Why not have an  ASL class completely online which opens the door for increased student enrollment?

Or maybe the class can be  blended  part online and part face to face?

What are the benefits/drawbacks of an online ASL course?

What are your thoughts?

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Resources are one of the best gifts in the world (besides money..lol). Resources open doors, provides opportunities, support and connect people to services and each other.  One resource can make the difference in a person life, career or education.  As an educator I often, I seek resources in how to better teach students a lesson or curriculum. I seek resources to provide assistance to students and the community I work with and live with. All in all I love when I locate or receive a great resource. This link to the website below is a definite to check out. The website is titled Postsecondary Education Programs Network (PEPNET). They offer so many services along with online orientation for education professionals servicing deaf and hard of hearing clients. At the end of the orientation participants can download and print a certificate issued by PEPNET. Take a look at their site and share the interesting information you found. If you have additional resources you would like to share with me please feel free to share them under comments.resources

 

 

Postsecondary Education Programs Network (PEPNET)

Interesting that across the nation, countries realized the importance to meet the needs of the Deaf community. Even though access and equality have been a slow process it is better late than never along with the continued hope of brighter future.

Often as an educator, blogger and human being. I begin to rant about all the information in my head. Not a one moment do I think stop and ask if the person listening or sharing in the conversation have a question or insight to share. I know quite often I learn best through discussions and interactions with others. Therefore, what questions do you have about the Deaf community, Deaf culture and/or American Sign Language? Or what insight do you have and would like to share with readers to help us gain a better understanding pertaining to these subjects. I would love to hear from you.

Blessings, Love and Light,

Dahlene

Signs can differ depending on culture, background, age and a host of other factors. This was an interesting article I found on the difference between signs in the African-American culture vs. Caucasian cultures. Take a look.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/sign-language-that-african-americans-use-is-different-from-that-of-whites/2012/09/17/2e897628-bbe2-11e1-8867-ecf6cb7935ef_story.html

http://deafyouvideo.blogspot.com/2012/09/black-american-sign-language-and.html