A. Instruction - 4.5
B. Design - 7.8
C. Engagement - 6.3
Sign Me a Sentence – An App for Learning American Sign Language
Summary : An easy-to-use reference for learning American Sign Language
Sign Me a Sentence provides an introduction to American sign language. By engaging the app, users will learn short phrases and sentences communicated in sign. When loading the app, users will see three options: Videos, Game, and Sentences.
To begin, users can click the “Video” tab on the bottom of the screen, and they will see a variety of short phrases and sentences, and they can swipe sideways to view them. When users see a phrase or sentence of interest, they can tap it. Next, they will see it signed and then the app will return them to the previous screen. Users can continue to swipe and tap to see how to sign the different phrases and sentences.
The “Game” tab presents users with a video of a person making a sign and three options. Users are to tap the option with the language that the person signed. If they are correct, the app applauds them and then advances to the next sign and accompanying choices. If they are incorrect, the app notifies users and offers them another opportunity to pick the correct answer.
The final option is the “Sentences” tab, and it provides users with several phrases written in text. Users can tap a phrase, and the app will show it being signed.
In addition, there is a “Volume” icon on the top left of the screen, and users can tap it to toggle the music on and off. Please note, turning off the music does not turn off the spoken words used by the app.
Instructional Ideas for Sign Me a Sentence
- When students are learning American sign language, they can use this app to learn new phrases and sentences as well as test their knowledge of them. When students gain competency, teachers can transfer them from learning to sign using the app to signing to each other in person.
- Teachers can have students use the “Game” feature in this app. As they do, students can track the phrases they did and did not correctly identify. Students can then report their tracking to their teacher.
- After students gain proficiency, they can record themselves signing short sentences and phrases similar to the ones in the app. Students can then share those videos into a tool like VoiceThread, Kioza, PopBoardz, or another presentation tool to upload and then share their videos with classmates.
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Ratings for Sign Me a Sentence
|A2. 21st Century Skills|
|A3. Conn. to Future Learning|
|A4. Value of Errors|
|A5. Feedback to Teacher|
|A6. Level of Material|
|A7. Cooperative Learning|
|A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.|
|B1. Ability to Save Progress|
|B2. Platform Integration|
|B3. Screen Design|
|B4. Ease of Use|
|B6. Goal Orientation|
|B7. Information Presentation|
|B8. Media Integration|
|B9. Cultural Sensitivity|
|C1. Learner Control|
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