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Fostering communication between school and home at the elementary level

Fostering communication between school and home at the elementary level

By John Miller  |  Wednesday, September 7, 2011

This blog is part of a series of Teaching Tips for teachers of deaf and hard of hearing students. However, many of the ideas would work well in ANY teaching situation where you are working with children and parents (families). We will begin at the ground level with an elementary level suggestion for improving literacy and work our way up to other grade levels in later blogs. This suggestion works on the basis that children learn better when they are involved in ...
Fostering communication between school and home

Fostering communication between school and home

By John Miller  |  Saturday, August 27, 2011

Many people who have worked in the field of Deaf Education have had to deal with an alarming statistic that has plagued the field for a long time. The average reading level of the exiting or graduating deaf senior is that of a 4th grader. It has fluctuated over the years but for the most part it is still much lower than any of us would care to accept. I have heard many different explanations as to why this ...
Update to Mobile Apps

Update to Mobile Apps

By Jillian Winn  |  Saturday, August 6, 2011

There is a new version (v1.1) of the Signing Savvy Member App available now for Android devices. The new versions fixes several bugs that were in the initial release of the Android app (hopefully it greatly reduces the crashes)! The Android app also improves the interface layout if you are using an Android tablet, such as the Samsung Galaxy tab. UPDATE - There is also a new version (v1.2) of the Signing Savvy Member App available now for Apple iOS ...
Creating a Deck of Printed Flash Cards

Creating a Deck of Printed Flash Cards

By John Miller  |  Monday, August 1, 2011

In my sign language teaching, I create word lists containing the vocabulary of each of my lessons. I share these word lists so my students can view it. The students can then use the online flash card and quizzing features to learn the vocabulary and better prepare themselves for the next in-class test. NOTE: If they have an Apple or Android mobile device, they can also use the flash card feature on the Signing Savvy Member App. The online ...
Turn an Ordinary Children's Book into a Creative Sign Language Learning Tool

Turn an Ordinary Children's Book into a Creative Sign Language Learning Tool

By John Miller  |  Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Children's books are often great learning tools because they are visual, help build a child's vocabulary, and kids love them! I use them all the time in my teaching to young students. Now, with Signing Savvy and a bit of creativity, you can create a sign language version of your favorite children's books to further enhance their learning potential. Below is an example of a very well known children's classic that has been modified to show the signs. To create this book, ...
Still time to tap into that summer creativity!

Still time to tap into that summer creativity!

By John Miller  |  Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Teachers, I know you are all enjoying your summers and don\'t really want to think about \"Back to School\" just yet, but I thought I would take the time, over the next few blog posts, to highlight some of the cool things you can do with the Signing Savvy features to add a little creativity to your ...
Move Complete

Move Complete

By Jillian Winn  |  Saturday, July 23, 2011

Everything now should be transitioned to the new server and working (both the website and iOS and Android mobile apps). The update should increase performance and overall make Signing Savvy a bit more snappy. If you do experience a problem, feel free to contact ...
Moving Day Approaches

Moving Day Approaches

By Jillian Winn  |  Wednesday, July 20, 2011

We will be moving Signing Savvy to a new server this weekend. This may cause the site to be inaccessible for several hours. In reality, the transition should be much quicker (a few hours). We will begin the process late Friday evening when not many are relying on the site to minimize the downtime. Once the transition is complete, the new server will provide increased performance and a more reliable service for you. NOTE: The move will also benefit ...
Signing Savvy Member App Now on Android

Signing Savvy Member App Now on Android

By Jillian Winn  |  Friday, July 15, 2011

We have been working hard on the Android version of the Signing Savvy Member App to make it as feature rich as its iOS counterpart. Well, we are happy to announce that version 1.0 of the Android version is now available! Just like the iOS version, the Android version of the Signing Savvy Member App is free for full members of Signing Savvy (available on the Android Market for Android 1.6 and newer devices). Just like the website, the app ...
Signing Savvy Member App Available for iOS Devices

Signing Savvy Member App Available for iOS Devices

By Jillian Winn  |  Tuesday, May 17, 2011

After a great deal of work, we are happy to announce that version 1.0 of the Signing Savvy Member App is now available for Apple iOS mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch)! The Signing Savvy Member App is free for full members of Signing Savvy (available on the Apple App Store). Just like the website, the app includes the ability to search for and view thousands of high-quality sign videos, build your own vocabulary word lists and share them with ...