My initial goal during my learning project was to eventually be able to incorporate sign language into music as a music educator. Ideally I would have liked to complete an entire song, and still hope to do so, but in the mean time I chose to work towards completion of a chorus.
The song I chose was Masterpiece – Jessie J, a song that talks about not being perfect, still working towards our goals, and completing our true masterpiece. It took be a duration of about 3 weeks to learn the words individually, get the timing down pat, and combining the ASL with the soundtrack.
I am so proud of how far I came with learning ASL, along with the community I became apart of online. After my first tweet regarding ASL resources and suggestions, I had a lady who is a teacher in Preeceville reply who personally has a hearing impairment herself. This was absolutely incredible, I was so honored to have to reach out to me and offer to meet one-on-one to help me learn phrases and answer any questions I had about ASL.
Not only has this learning project led me to be a novice signer, but I have connected with an entirely new #iechat and #spedchat aimed towards Inclusive Education which is also a strong passion of mine. Social networking is so incredibly valuable, I am sothankful for ECMP455 providing me with the opportunity to understand how to properly many different educational and technological tools.
Below are my two final videos displaying the words I learned to sign through ASL slowly without the music,then the final stage with the music. Signing lyrics to a song is so difficult as you have to make the timing match up and sometimes it is really quite quick! Thank you to everyone who helped, encouraged, and supported me through this. I received incredible feedback on my blog and replies via Twitter, I have such a phenomenal PLN out there. #thankyou!