An ASL Dictionary

Signing Savvy is a sign language dictionary containing several thousand high resolution videos of American Sign Language (ASL) signs, fingerspelled words, and other common signs used within the United States and Canada.

And Much More!

Signing Savvy is an ideal resource to use while you learn sign language. It includes the ability to view large sign videos, build your own word lists and share them with others, create virtual flash cards and quizzes, print signs, build sign phrases, ...and more

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Happy Holidays!

Site News   |  Thursday, December 23, 2010

By Jillian Winn

The beginning of 2011 will mark the end of our second year of being live on the Internet, and once again, we are very grateful for the support of all of our users. We particularly are thankful for our full members who allow us to continue to grow the site. And grow the site we will! We have several exciting things planned for Signing Savvy in 2011.

From all of us at Signing Savvy, we wish you joy and happiness during this holiday season and all the best in 2011!

 

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Back to School with Several Enhanced Features

Site News   |  Sunday, August 8, 2010

By Jillian Winn

As the school year approaches, we want to let you know of a few things we have recently done on Signing Savvy particularly for teachers and students.

Many sign language teachers and professors are using Signing Savvy to create word lists (aka, vocabulary lists) of their lesson plans and then sharing them with their students. This allows the students to use Signing Savvy's online flash cards and quizzing features to quickly reinforce what they learned in the classroom from home or wherever they have access to the Internet.

"Bookmarking" Word Lists

As a result, we now have hundreds of shared word lists. We have had the ability to search shared word lists, but even this becomes tedious if you always want to return to the same shared word lists. We've added functionality so now you can bookmark word lists that you want to return to often. Just view a word list and click the ADD BOOKMARK button. The list of your bookmarked word lists will show up on the Shared Word Lists page.

"Friending" Shared Word List Authors

If you want to see all the shared word lists created by someone, you can friend them. For example, a student might friend their teacher or a study partner. Then whenever the teacher or study partner creates a new shared word list, the word list will show up in the student's friends list. To add a friend, first, click on the author's name of a word list to see all of their shared word lists, then click the ADD AS FRIEND button. Just like bookmarks, the list of your friends word lists will show up on the Shared Word Lists page.

Note: Of course, you are only allowed to see word lists that are public. Private word lists are not viewable by anyone other than the author.

4-Month Full Memberships

With this in mind, teachers are starting to integrate Signing Savvy into their courses. In some cases, they are replacing or complementing the course textbook with Signing Savvy memberships. We have received several requests from teachers for a membership duration that fits the duration of a semester and the pocketbooks of their students. We have done just that! We now offer a semester long (4 months or 16 week) full membership option for $24.95. That is much cheaper than most textbooks.

Recommendations

We have also just started a "recommendation program." Teachers (or anyone else) can set up an account on Signing Savvy and recommend Signing Savvy to their students (or whomever) by providing a special link. When the link is followed to Signing Savvy and the individual becomes a full member, they are automatically connected (see friending above) to the teacher's account so that they can see their shared wordlists. In turn, the teacher is rewarded with additional free full membership time to Signing Savvy. Recommendations are easy to give and are fully explained in the FAQ section of our website.

Institutional Purchases

This one is not new, but many are not aware of it. If you are part of an institution, such as a school, college, government agency, non-profit, or corporation and would like to offer memberships to your students, members, or employees, Signing Savvy has an excellent way to do just that, called Bulk Membership Purchasing.

With Bulk Membership Purchasing your institution can purchase multiple Signing Savvy memberships at a discounted price, then assign and manage those memberships. For Bulk Membership purchases, we also accept purchase orders. If you are interested, learn more on the create proposal page!

Have a great rest of the summer!

At Signing Savvy, we've had a pretty productive summer! We're happy we've been able to rollout several new full member features (described above), a new design, and have spent time in the recording studio so we could add many more signs to the dictionary. We hope you enjoy the new features!

 

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New site design and functionality

Site News   |  Tuesday, August 3, 2010

By Jillian Winn

We have been working hard this summer on a redesigned version of the Signing Savvy website. We are happy to make it available as of today!

The new design refreshes the look and polishes the functionality of Signing Savvy while not being so different that you have to relearn how to use the site.

One of our goals was to take advantage of some of the newer web technologies to make a better user experience. However, if you are using an older browser (such as Internet Explorer 6), you may need to upgrade to take advantage of all of these features. Check out the FAQ for system requirements.

We have tested the site internally but your computer configuration likely differs from ours. If you encounter any problems with the new site, please contact us and let us know.

With the new design as our foundation, we plan to add in several new features to the site over the coming months. As always, we also continue to expand the dictionary of signs and add blog posts.

 

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Fourth of July Signing Celebration!

Site News   |  Tuesday, June 15, 2010

By John Miller

Independence Day

Signing Savvy wants to help celebrate Independence Day by offering a 7/4 celebration. You get a SEVEN-day trial membership FOR-FREE!

Check out the membership features like LARGE video, ability to build your own word lists (and view other members' shared word lists), quiz yourselves, as well as the one of a kind print feature!

To access your trial, login to your account (or create a registered guest account if you do not have one) and go to the trial offer page.

Happy Fourth of the July from Signing Savvy!

 

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Social Networking with Signing Savvy

Site News   |  Tuesday, June 1, 2010

By John Miller

We recently added several links to social networking sites to both help the world learn more about Signing Savvy AND to help build a community around the users of Signing Savvy site. Currently, you can access us on:

We are using YouTube to get out video tutorials on the features of the site. If you have not watched them, I highly recommend you check them out to make sure you are taking full advantage of the features the site offers.
We are using Facebook to build a community around the site. Please friend us if you have a Facebook account.
We are using Twitter to tweat about sign language and related news. Please follow us if you have a Twitter account.
We are using Digg to help promote the site to others that may not yet know about it. Please Digg Us!
We are also using StumbleUpon to help promote the site to others that may not yet know about it. Please StumbleUpon Us.
We have had a RSS feed of our blog in place for some time. You can connect to it from your favorite RSS reader.

We have little icons at the bottom of the home page for quick access to these social networking sites.

We are still exploring how best to make use of the social networking sites, so feel free to give us your thoughts. We want to build a strong community around Signing Savvy and the signing community.

 

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