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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Take Signing Savvy On The Road

Site News   |  Monday, March 29, 2010

By Jillian Winn

One of the most requested features we have had to date is the ability to access the Signing Savvy website on mobile devices. First and foremost among the requests have been for the ability to access the site on the iPhone, which to date does not support the Flash-based video we have on the standard website.

Signing Savvy Now Available for iPhone and iPod Touch

We are happy to announce that we now have a beta version of the Signing Savvy website available for iPhone and iPod Touch! The beta version supports nearly all Signing Savvy features including searching, browsing, flash cards, quizzing, and more.

iPhone

The only things not supported is printing (there is no printing from the iPhone anyway) AND the ability to view "combination videos" as a single video. That is, on the standard website, phrases and fingerspelled words are shown as a single, combined video even though they are actually made up of multiple videos. On the mobile version, phrases and fingerspelled words are shown as multiple videos rather than a single video. We hope to resolve this issue in the future.

The beta version is currently available exclusively to our Signing Savvy members. Note, this is not an "App". Just direct your Safari browser on your iDevice to https://www.signingsavvy.com, login (as a member), and enjoy.

The iPad Cometh - Signing Savvy is Ready

The much anticipated iPad goes on sale this Saturday, April 3. We have tested the mobile Signing Savvy on the iPad and it works wonderfully! The large, high-resolution screen and touch interface makes an excellent way to access Signing Savvy from the coffee shop, airport, or wherever you have Wi-Fi access (or 3G cell access once the WiFi + 3G version of the iPad is released.)

iPhone

Other Mobile Device Support Coming

We are exploring the possibility of expanding the Signing Savvy mobile access to other modern mobile platforms that support web browsing and video playback. Stay tuned for future announcements.

 

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Site News   |  Thursday, December 24, 2009

By Jillian Winn

From all of us at Signing Savvy, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

While we worked for several years developing the site before it went live; the beginning of 2010 marks the end of our first year of being live on the Internet and we are very grateful for the support of all of our users. We particularly are thankful for full members who allow us to continue to grow the site.

In 2010, we will continue to expand the dictionary of sign videos and add member features that will aid you in your sign language learning.

All the best in 2010!

 

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Optional Ads for Members

Site News   |  Wednesday, December 9, 2009

By Jillian Winn

Signing Savvy members now have the ability to turn off advertising if they wish. You can do so by changing the preference within your account settings.

Learn more about the many premium members-only features on the about page.

 

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Our Features Explained in Video

Site News   |  Sunday, November 8, 2009

By Jillian Winn

We try to make our many features as easy to understand and use as possible, BUT we know more explanation for some of our features is long overdue. We often get questions such as how do I create my own word list? How does the phrase builder work? How do I setup virtual flash cards and quizzes? How do I print multiple words on the same sheet of paper?

To address this, we have made a series of screencast recordings! We hope this set of videos will better explain our features so you can take full advantage of site. The videos are available by clicking the "i" icons in the About Section of the site or you can check them out on our YouTube Channel.

Several videos are up ... but we are still in the process of adding captions. Captions are on a few of the videos but we hope to get them on all the videos within the next week or so.

Enjoy!

 

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The Guy in the Blue Shirt

Site News   |  Thursday, November 5, 2009

By John Miller

My name is John. Yes, I am the guy in the blue shirt shown in the videos on Signing Savvy. Since the launch of the Signing Savvy site last January, I have had several people ask me about my background.

I learned to sign at a young age, not because I was deaf, but because I had a deaf neighbor and friend who I wanted to communicate more effectively with. From this point forward, learning to sign and communication issues became a fascination of mine.

I began my college education in an interpreter training program but quickly realized my passion was in education. After I graduated from college with a bachelors degree in Deaf Education, I became a teacher of children who were Deaf and Hard of Hearing. After 12 years in the classroom, I was asked by my university mentor to return to the university, pursue a graduate degree, and share my years of experience from the classroom with the next generation of teachers studying in the field.

During this time I worked with my mentor on sign language research across the United States and Canada. I earned a Masters in Early Childhood Education. I continue to pursue my doctoral studies in Special Education focussing on literacy issues related to Deafness.

After five years of teaching and studying at the university, I returned to public education. In addition to my work with Signing Savvy, I currently work as an administrator and consultant for Deaf Education Programs in a number of school districts.

Working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children was and continues to be extremely rewarding. Happy Signing!

 

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