• EDTC 300,  Learning Project

    Practicing a Conversation using ASL!!!

    This week I used two new technologies. I used Movie Zilla to record my video. I loved this program! I found it very easy to use and I loved that you can record videos right through the application. Before this one I downloaded a couple other video editing programs and they are just meant for you to edit previous recorded videos. This might work for some people, but I found it nice not to have to transfer video clips from my phone to my computer. Another amazing feature was that you can record your screen, your webcam, or just audio.  My only complaint is that because I do not pay…

  • EDTC 300,  Learning Project

    Documenting ASL Journey Using Technology

    Hello! This week I explored YouTube to learn some more ASL while also exploring Zoom as a recording platform. In the end I also got to try my hand at uploading something to YouTube on my own as opposed to an editing app doing it for me. I originally planned to test a Chrome extension for screen recording, however I became hesitant to add it because I use my laptop for important emails and things like banking. It felt uncomfortable to add an extension that is meant to record your screen when I though about the fact that I would never really know if the recording has stopped when I…

  • EDTC 300,  Learning Project

    ASL Grammar

    This week I have utilized Instagram as the focus of my exploration into American Sign Language. I find this to be a really interesting resource, however one does have to be cautious when using this just like any resource. It is important to be weary about the people and pages that you choose to follow. There are hearing people that share information about ASL on this site. While this is not necessarily a bad thing it is important to note that these people may not completely understand the signs that they are sharing. They may not recognize the key features of a sign that go beyond just the hand movements.…

  • EDTC 300

    Digital Climate and Participatory Culture

    I feel that a shift in how we view schooling and education has already begun. I would say that the pandemic acted as a catalyst for this. We were forced to utilize the technology we had available to us for a sense of connection. While this is typically what the internet and social media is used for, we needed it more at that time than ever before. Wesch notes that this phenomenon has occurred before as people began to feel a loss of community throughout history such as when women began to enter the workforce and had less time to connect with one another. As time went on it became…

  • EDTC 300,  Learning Project

    The Importance of ASL Being Recognized as a Language

    This week I started my American Sign Language journey by exploring the ASL Bloom app. This was interesting because I discovered that you only have access to three courses before you are asked to register for an annual subscription. This was extremely disappointing because the app opens by saying that its intent is to share ASL with a larger audience. I did expect that they would want you to subscribe to open more courses at some point, however seeing the number of possible courses there are to take it is disheartening to know that they only allow you to access three of them for free. With all of that being…

  • EDTC 300

    The Role of Technology in my Life

    Being born in the early 2000’s I feel lucky because I have gotten to experience major growth in the technology field. When I was young, I did not have access to a lot of technology. I had a TV, a land line telephone, and a Nintendo Wii. With that being said, my time on these devices was limited and not something that I consider to be a major portion of my childhood. At the time children did not have tablets or cell phones of their own. As time has gone on, I have gotten to see a rise in the everyday access to technology and the amazing strides that technology…

  • EDTC 300,  Learning Project

    Introduction to Learning Project

    I had trouble deciding what I wanted to focus on for my leaning project. I was tossing around learning to play the ukelele that I got for Christmas last year, learning to crochet, or learning American sign language. Ultimately, I have decided to learn ASL because it is the topic that I have been interested in for the longest amount of time and I feel that it will have the greatest impact on my career as an educator. I started to become fascinated with ASL when I got into a show called Switched at Birth in high school. If you are not familiar the show it is about two girls…

  • EDTC 300

    Introductory Blog

    Hello everyone! My name is Karley Van De Sype. I grew up with two younger brothers in a small town about two hours from Regina. I moved to be closer to Regina for school about three years ago. In July, my friend and I are going to go teach in Australia! We are both really looking forward to the amazing experience that this will provide for us, both in education and personally.   In the early years of my degree, I did not have much experience using educational technologies. However, I have gained some more experience through my internship and my work with EYES (Educating Youth in Engineering and Science).…