This webinar focuses on 8 ASL tools available through the IDRT website: ASL Dictionary, SignGenerator, ConceptGenerator, ASLGames, ASLPublisher, ASLTemplates, QuizzMaker, and ASLThesaurus. Corinne Vinopol, Owner and President of IDRT, demonstrates how ASL users can effectively and efficiently use the IDRT database of over 60,000 sign language concept graphics and videos to create ASL-supported educational materials.
- Good afternoon and welcome to the Center on Technology and Disability Cafe. I'm Jackie Hess, the CTD director, and I'm pleased to introduce Dr. Corrine Vinopol, the founder and director of the Institute for Disabilities Research and Training, IDRT. Dr. Vinopol and her colleagues, Ron Vinopol and Teddy Desta do research and development on behalf of individuals with deafness and hearing impairments. Today, Dr. Vinopol is going to demonstrate a suite of software tools that IDRT has developed for families, teachers, therapists, and anyone who wants to create and use American Sign Language materials. We're particularly pleased that IDRT is providing free access to the tools for the next week, during which the Center on Technology and Disability will provide a forum, an asynchronous forum, here in the cafe, where you can ask questions, share your experiences with the tools, you can upload sample materials you've created to share with others, which I'm sure that everyone would appreciate.
We hope you'll make full use of this great opportunity, because it really is a terrific chance to kick the tires and produce some really good materials while you have access to the experts who are responsible for them, and for free. So, if you have colleagues or friends who would like to benefit from the free week of access and the forum, but they couldn't make it to today's webinar, just let them know that they can go into the CTD Cafe and register and they can still participate for the part of the week they have available. Now, for the next hour, most of you are probably familiar with how Adobe Chats work, please feel free to post your questions in the Adobe chat box, if you prefer, you can unmute your phone and voice your question, just please remember to mute your phone when you're not speaking. And also, for the next hour, choose either your phone or your computer mic, but not both, because we know what kind of squeaking that results in. So, without further ado, welcome Dr. Vinopol, and over to you.
- Thank you very much. I want to thank you for being one of the first people to give a presentation in your new center, that's very exciting to us, and it's very exciting to have this opportunity to share our software. We were trying to do something a little bit different than people have done before, some of the websites that are devoted to American Sign Language are teaching ASL itself, and ASL grammar, what we're trying to do through this website is to give people tools so that they can make their own instructional materials. The institutes for this came many years ago when we first built a product called American Sign Language Clip and Create, and this was essentially, I call it sort of a dummy-down Adobe Photoshop but with ASL graphics, and you could build your own sign language materials. And what happened, was the people were so excited to be able to do this instead of having to, you know, draw themselves, and copy and paste, that they started giving us different questions. Like, could you add this sign, could you add this capability?
So I used to keep this little folder on my desk, and I kept adding in everybody's requests, and then when we would sell out our CD-ROMs, I would open my little folder and see what people wanted and we would incorporate that into the next rendition and so we kept upgrading until we got to Clip and Create 5. Around that point, we had a lot of requests for people wanting us to put sign language supports above text. And I really was very reluctant to do that, because I saw it as a huge challenge, and I always said, well I'd have to be on drugs to try that, and then I said, well I guess one day I was on drugs, because I decided I was going to do that. So we came up with a product called the Sign Generator. And with the Sign Generator, you could type, or you could paste text, or you could scan in text, and then with one click, you could get sign language supports for your English text to help with the reading process. Well, that one very quickly sold out, that CD-ROM, within less than a year, and people wanted upgrades.
And, at that point, I started to realize that we were essentially sharing a lot of graphic and real estate between the two pieces of software, and we still had not addressed a number of concerns from people. One was, we have a lot of itinerant teachers who didn't want to carry around their CD and of course they could only load a CD on one computer, we had Mac users, and our software was PC-based, so that was an issue, and then the other issue was upgrading. You know, making everybody wait until we had run out of stocks and could address their needs. So what we decided to do, oh and another thing was the issue of mobile technology. How do we make our software mobile? So we decided that we were going to embark on something that we thought was very ambitious, which was to set up a website and move some of these tools as well as a number of others, onto the website, and have them share a common database. And this database allows for translation of words from English to American Sign Language, and it also has graphic and video renditions of these, and we can upgrade it every week. So if somebody has a request, they don't have to wait a year to see it happen, they can actually see it done within a week or two.
So we set up this website a few years ago called myASLTech, and we left it open to the public as we were building it, and did lots and lots of testing, asked for lots and lots of input from educators, parents, administrators, students, and kept working away at it. We were very fortunate during this process to get several grants from the Institute for Educational Sciences, The National Science Foundation, and NIDRR, that helped us build some of the tools better on the website. Now hopefully you all can see our main website, there on your computer, and that's our homepage. Our homepage is idrt.com, or www.idrt.com. Now, this black toolbar helps you access things. The store has the CD-ROMs, but My ASL Tech is where we have the online services. Now, the way you access, well, I should say, you can find out about each of the tools. So we have actually eight different areas, and there's more than eight tools, cause some of these have tools within tools. But it's actually eight areas, so you see right here, the eight little squares or rectangles, and if you want to just find out more information about it, you can click here, and you can see an ASL explanation to English and also a screen capture of the product in action. Now, if you become a member of My ASL Tech, you can then access any of the tools. For this demonstration, Teddy Desta, my chief software engineer, set you all up with a temporary login, maybe Teddy can explain that, and also some other things that can be done during the week. Teddy?
- Hello. So for this week event, we've set you up with the complimentary access to use these tools and I sent an email, and hopefully you all have gotten the login information. If you need any assistance, feel free to contact us, and hope you enjoy the tools.
- If they have questions, perhaps they can put them in the forum.
- Yes, if you're having any login issues, just type it into the forum, and we'll try to address them as we go along, and also during the week, if you have any issues with logging in. So what I wanted to do was to show you basically each of the tools, as I explained, they share a database, we use the Amazon cloud, we have two servers, one that we build and test on, and one that we roll out our tools to production to the public, also, one of the things that you get when you're a member is you get banks. And the banks are places where you can build products and save them on our server. And then you can elect to share them with other people. So we're hoping in this way, to proliferate the amount of ASL accessible materials, so that, for example, if a teacher in California built something, and she wants to connect with a teacher in Alabama, that they don't have to reinvent the wheel, they can just share with each other. So first of all, I wanted to go to the dictionary. Oh, I better log in. So if you guys haven't logged in yet, and you have a temporary password,
- They're seeing your screen.
- Oops. For some reason, here we go, you're seeing my screen? Ok.
- So for this hour they don't need to log in.
- Ok, there we go. Ok, well they could log in on another screen, if you want, so you can watch this and or log in on another screen using the password and email address that Teddy gave you, ok? So the first thing you do, is you get to Categories, and you can either, this accesses all of the words in the website, and there are over 30,000 words that this website will translate for you. A lot of the teachers ask that we could, if we would divide these up into categories, and we've done that, we still have a spot available for one more category, feedback I'm getting at this point is, people are interested in careers, so that may be the next category that fills this little hole right here. But let's access one, let's do holidays, since we're in a holiday season. So what you have here is, you have your main graphic, you can access the sign-only graphic, you can get a video of the word, a concept graphic, the English definition, an ASL definition, and you can print. So this is a very efficient way to print any of the graphics that you saw that we had available.
So we have the main graphic, the sign graphic, and the concept graphic, any of those can be printed. You can scroll through here, you can also type in the word you want, so if you go in here, like birthday, you see we have three different signs for birthday, can use, can access things very simply. Let me go back, alright. We also have an availability for people to sponsor signs. So you can either say, I would like to sponsor this sign in somebody's name, or in honor of an occasion, or you can even request a new sign, let us know what you want us to add and we'll add it to the database and put you in as a sponsor. So, does anybody have any questions about that particular tool? Anything? Ok. The next one we're going to go into is the sign generator. Now with this one, you can put in any text, for example, oops, you see how quickly you get sign supports for the text. Now, if you decide that you don't, anything that's yellowish, like here, you can choose which one you want, let me pull this down so you can see, so if it's a yellowish color here, it means there's more than one choice, you also have options, for example, say you want to finger spell, you can also hide, let me take it back, have it the way that you want it, you can play a video for it, so what happens here is that the video clips can catenate, and then they play together. So it's pulling the videos off of the server, we'll see how good the internet connection is here. I have to go wireless I think here, which may slow us down a little bit.
- It's very, it is slow. There we go. And they're very impressive tools. Incredible.
- Ok, so here, you can do whatever you want, you also can save this in your bank. You can enter the name and save it in your sign generator bank, you can print it if you want, ok, so for example, if you had a reading activity, you could put it in this way, you could hide the signs to words that you think the student should be able to read, so we have a lot of flexibility and that's what we try to do, give you as much flexibility as possible to provide sign supports for reading instruction. Any questions about this? Let me also show you how we could load--
- I have a question.
- What is the difference between the ASL and English instruction button?
- Oh, ok. This gives you the text of how to use the tool, and the ASL gives you a video with captions of how to use the tool, good question. Let me also say, if you have saved something in your sign generator bank, you can reload it. So this is how I saved it before, and I instantly reloaded it. And again, I can print it. So you can put in as much text as you want, and remember, you can copy and paste. So, you could take, you know, a paragraph off of the Internet for example, or from a Word document, load it in here, and automatically generate it. And then tweak it up the way that you want it. Now, the concept generator, ok, with this one you get concept pictures. Oops. So here, this is good for early readers, people with literary challenges, English as a second language learners, with this, of course, there's no signs or videos, but you can also hide. So if it's for example, the child is learning to read, and you say, oh, they should know how to read the word "the", you wouldn't have to support it. And then again, you have the possibilty of saving it in your bank, clearing, printing, so you could print it like this. And you can load things that you already had in your bank. Just instantaneous. Something already saved. Any questions about this one? I think it's pretty easy to understand.
- We're getting comments about what a great tool it is.
- Oh that's so sweet, thank you very much. That means a lot to us, cause we put a lot of effort into it, and like I said, it keeps growing. So the next one I wanted to share--
- We do have a question.
- Is the bank a storage space linked with the membership?
- Yes, so that's part of what the membership does for you, and that's a great question. Your bank is stored in the Amazon cloud. So that's part of where our expense is, is in, I have to pay Amazon every month. Not only, you know, all of our graphics and videos, but things that you may store and as well as the services of the staff, you know, keeping everything upgraded and running smoothly, but that's where it is. You also can save to your desktop. So you have both of those options. So you can save into your bank, the nice thing with the bank is you can link your banks with other people who are members. And I hope people think big, this is the Internet. So, you don't just have to link to someone in your school, you can link to any member anywhere, I mean, we even have a member in Japan. So, you can link anywhere in the world, won't say the universe, but anyone in the world who is a member of this, and that will make you more efficient.
- That's terrific, it's like an ASL Wiki.
- Right, that's right. So, for example, you know, if you use the sign generator, you want to do Cinderella story, and save it in your bank, if you've linked your bank with someone else and they did The Three Little Pigs, you know, you won't have to do The Three Little Pigs, because they already did it, and they can borrow your Cinderella.
- Saves a lot of time. And we also have been putting some games on here, so one of the ones that we did was Sign-O. And this was a CD that we also had, but this way, we linked Sign-O with our database. So Sign-O grows as the database grows. So again, we go into the Categories, and you can play this game, it's like sign language bingo, with all the words. And remember, when you do all, it may come up slower, because we have lots and lots of video and graphic real estate to get through for any of these categories. So say we want to do animals. So we're loading. So then what we have to do, and I'm sorry you can't hear the sound with this, so that looks like a light, let's see if that was right. Ok. And that looked like lobster. So you see what happens is that if you're correct, you get a happy face, if you're wrong twice, it tells you the right answer and it puts a sad face. So the object is to get, you know, happy faces across in any of the directions. So you can, like I said you can play with any of the categories, or with all. Then the next game you have here is Con-sign-tration. So with Con-sign-tration, you're going to match graphics of signs with English words. And you can play two levels of difficulty. So one would be a five by five game board, so let's say we were going to do geography, which is much too hard for me, ok, you can try to match here, or, if you want something more simple, you can do a three by three, and let's say maybe we do technology, what we're going to try to do is match two things together, so they match, and we get happy faces. So that's basically how it works. And once you have all happy faces, you win, and it tells you how many clicks you had to do. So, the next one I'm going to take you to is Signing Science. Now this one, Signing Science for kids was a grant through the National Science Foundation, I see we're spinning up here--
- You have a question about your game.
- About whether any of the games are multiplayer games?
- You could play it that way, I mean, not, probably not a different location. You know, if they're in the same room.
- Play on teams, but not in different locations. But Teddy and I have talked about that. As one of our wishlist things--
- Ok, so we're dealing with Internet issues again. I see we're spinning here. Like if it were on a wireless here, so that's slowing us down a little bit. Let me go back and try it again. Ok. Click. There we go. Ok. Now, with this thing, what you're going to do, so this is actually, I would say the only curriculum per se, here. And everything else is designed to help you with your own curriculum. So people say, well what is your content? We don't have content, that's what I tell people. We don't have content. We help you make your content successful, help you add ASL elements to your own content. But this is the one place where we do have some curriculum, so the child can log in here, and then what you have here, oh, and, unfortunately we have the sound turned off, because of the echo, but there's actually sound here. And I apologize you can't hear it.
- That's ok, while you're doing that, I'll just read the comment from Kim M. it says, thank you, love it, I wish I would have found this years ago. My daughter is 14 and our family has been trying to learn sign language.
- We like those kinds of comments.
- Yeah. What's interesting, we've had also parents of some students with autism who've been using it, and even some autistic adults who were using it while we were building it, because they said some of the parts that gave them some concrete elements of communication seemed to help them, so, again, I apologize we have to turn off the sound, but all the videos here have voice over. And then you have three labs here. So the cloud lab, for example, and normally you would hear the little plane going, and then after the animation, now this is the main menu for the cloud lab. You see the child, here I'm the child, is the co-pilot, and then if you want to learn information, for example about cloud types, well also anything you see here, you can get in ASL, you just have to click the button, and normally there's voice over, ok, so cloud types, we go into cloud types, so, Paws the signing dog here, to tell you about that, and they want to learn about nimbostratus clouds, ok, I could get the ASL here, and if I want to see a rescue or play a game, then I click and I have to answer a question. So here, so if I'm correct, then I get to see a rescue. So this one, we have a woman being rescued from a gorilla. Normally you would hear sirens going off, and the gorilla's roaring, the woman's screaming, and here comes Paws to the rescue, so this is the motivation for the kids to learn the content. Aw. Poor King Kong.
So, anyway, going back. So when you go back to the content, I should show you here, what happens is, when kids go through this, and I was through this before, like with the games, you get check marks here. So then the teacher or parent understands that the child did answer some questions related to the content and was able to do that. Now they can go back and see the rescue again, and play the game again. In this one there's 17 games in here as well as content. So you have all of this here, we have a weather report. So in the weather report, you can see animations, and again, ASL translations of the animations, so the content, there's sound with it as well, and then over here, the cloud facts, get different information about different things related to clouds.
Then, if you want to go back to the weather station, you can go into either the temperature lab, or the wind lab, and you have other information. So as Paws introduces this lab, and this particular lab is divided into movement, direction, geography, speed, so you can actually go into one of these, and see the information, and this one you can click through and get the information for that. You also with each of these labs can get experiments that you can do at home. So these are student, easy to use experiments, but we always say, show it with an adult, and you can print these, so these are PDFs that you can use. I didn't want to go through all the labs, but you have quite a bit, you have three labs here, you also have a dictionary, over here, so this is information related just to these labs, so, remember how the other dictionary worked? So this is very similar. But it has a more limited vocabulary that's just related to the different cloud information, weather information.
- Kim is asking how we got into the science section?
- Sure, it's in the games, so let me show you again. Ok, so if you go into games, right now, we have these two games, Sign-O and Con-sign-tration, and then that whole Signing Science for kids series. So we've been sort of wrestling, and I would love to have your feedback on whether we should have, you know, leave the Signing Science there within the games, or if we should pull it out. We've been thinking about some other science type curriculum in a series. But that's how we sort of arranged things on the website right now. Any other questions about the games? Or the Signing Science?
- Yeah. Is it the PDF? The experiments are PDF. So the experiments can be printed. The games are interactive, and the rescues are just animations, so the kids can watch. Then, the next one that we're going into is the Publisher. Now this is the one that sort of took the place of ASL Clip and Create. And this is the one that'd let you make your own materials. So here what you can do, is you can go into the dictionary using that button, and you can choose a category or all, and say I want a picture of a fish. Ok, so here's the fish word, I can import it onto my canvas, I can click anywhere, and it appears, and I can resize and move it. I can also go in here and import from the desktop. Now I'm not on my regular computer, but let's see if I can find this on the computer I've borrowed here, because I put an image... You see it? Oh in the desktop. Here we go. Thanks Teddy. Go down, let me see. I stuck a little image here. Here it is, a fish. And it got loaded right here, ok. And that little tool right there, that arrow helps you move things, you can add text in here. How about that?
- So you could really customize this with pictures.
- Family members, places in the community, pets--
- Whatever you want. Whatever you want to build. So you can take any of our graphics and embed them on here, I think, and Teddy can correct me if I'm wrong, there's some linking opportunity here, we were talking about enabling for video, to embed video in here, you can recolor here, you can add in shapes and color them, and so here, what happens here is you can import things from your bank, you can save to your bank, you can save to your desktop, ok see it, you can print, see you have different options. So say here I decided I want to save to my bank, says, do you want to save the bank, ok, and I'm going to call this Fishy. Ok, it says it's been saved to the Publisher bank, then if I want, I can create a new image, so that's going to clear this up, and then if I want to bring back something, I can import something from my bank, so here's Fishy, I can bring it back, and there it is, click on it, come on, here we go, and I can bring it back.
- Wow, you've really thought this through.
- So, like I said, whatever you want to make so, and remember, because you have a bank, you can link your banks with other people. So if you want to make something fishy, and somebody wants to make something with a dog, you can swap with each other, or somebody might want to make a Halloween poster, and someone else wants to make a Christmas poster, you can put them in the banks and link your banks and share with each other.
- So real collaborative learning, collaborative development--
- So all the kinds of things we want to encourage.
- Yeah, so what we're trying to do is streamline what you do, how you do it, whoops, we just lost something. Share my screen, let's try that here, share my screen, we lost you for a minute. So what we're trying to get the screen back. So what we're trying to do is make people more efficient by giving them, you know, lots of graphics, lots of video, a place to save, and a place to share. And that way people will be more efficient, and it will take a lot less time to make educational materials.
- So while Nolan is doing tech support here on your screen, there were a number of questions about membership.
- About whether all memberships are individual, are there class memberships, or school, or family, and I think someone asked about where they could get information about membership, and I'm pretty sure it's on your website.
- Yes, it absolutely is. I was going to save that for a little bit later, but what we did, and remember, this is the Internet, so if you want to make a group, so you could have an individual membership, you can have a small group membership, or a large group membership. So a small group is three to nineteen people, and a large group is twenty or more. And like I said, because it's the Internet, you can make a group out of people anywhere in the world. So all you need to do is have one person take responsibility for the group, as far as, you know, getting the group set up. And then you can get a membership for one month, for six months, or for twelve months. And then the prices go down according to the size of the group and the length of the membership. So for a large group it's only ten dollars per person per month, you know, which is, like I say, it's about two cups of coffee at Starbucks.
- Also mention that we have students.
- Right, we also have student memberships.
- Which I believe are like six dollars.
- Six or seven.
- Dollars a month. And the way you can find that, I'm going to hop over here for a second, so if you go into the store, and you see as we, I see we're spinning here, see where it says my ASL Tech Memberships here under Categories? What you will see is you'll get these little things set up here that show your different options. Again, I apologize since we're wireless, it's going very slowly. Oops, here we go, ok. So, here's your different options. So you can just go into the store and choose which one, and then you can use PayPal to pay, or if you want, you could even do purchase orders with us. You know, or checks, whatever. Before we go further, do you have other questions about the membership or the Publisher? Sorry. Nope? Somebody's typing. Ok. How about a classroom membership? Ok, there's student memberships. So, like I said, your students don't even have to be in the same class. Ok, so you can take children from wherever and create a group. So I think it's like six dollars per student per month. So, which I think is pretty affordable, you know, even for parents, you know, for six dollars for all this educational opportunity and for the parents to be able to help their students out.
Ok, so then I wanted to show you the templates. Now, the templates are quick ways that you can make instructional materials. Ooh, somehow I got logged out. Did I get logged out? Ok. Let me log back in. Ok. Maybe when we lost the screen. Ok, so with finger spelling templates, again, I can pick a category, so let's say we do tools, and I can automatically make finger spelling scrambles. So I can choose words and put them in my selection box, either by dragging or I can do a search here, or I can double click, and you see I automatically get scrambles up here. Then, I can give them to the student, and they can try to figure out what the words are, or I can give them hints, and I can also rescramble. And then print, so you can print them as many times as you want.
So say, for example, you're working on certain vocabulary, you can give the student the same words every day, but just scramble them differently. Or give them new words every day. So that's one of the templates, and then another template is crossword puzzles. So here again, you can choose a category, we'll say environment, and it automatically builds the crossword puzzle, so here, that word wouldn't go in the puzzle, so it will tell you if you can, ok, and you see what happens, it builds the puzzle, now here, you can add in your own clues if you want, or you can use sign language clues, and you can also rescramble. Now, you can print with the answers so you know the answers, or you can print for the students without the answers, so you can see here, the answers aren't there. So you, you know, make a copy for yourself, a crib sheet, so this is your crib sheet, and the other one is for the student. And you can make as many copies as you want. And like I said, you can make a different puzzle using the same words. Then we also have, oh do we have a question?
- Is the scramble interactive?
- In terms of what, can you explain that to me a little bit better?
- Ok so the question was is the scramble interactive? Oh can we print? Oh, absolutely. Absolutely. Yeah. So, you know, here, let me just show you, here, see I picked the category animals, I'll wait for us to connect here. What you can do, is you can print, and like I said, you could use the same words every day, and just give the students a new puzzle. Let me see, it's going really slow. Let me show you with a word search. So this is, in some ways it is a crossword puzzle, so in here, ok, so this one ok, remember, you also have the option of putting things here, like, see, and you see it's making, it's building it for you. Then, you can either have the words at the bottom, or sign clues at the bottom, ok, you can rescramble the same words, you can clear, and you can print. So here, when you print, notice that the answers aren't given for the students. They have to search for the words themselves. We have a question. No, they're not going to solve the puzzle online. These are print materials, so this is different than the interactive game, but that's on Teddy and my radar also, to do an interactive version of that.
So these are print materials, so you could even like send these home for homework if you wanted, and if you wanted your own crib sheet, with this one, you have to do a print screen. Ok. The next one that I wanted to show you is, let's see, the quiz maker. Now this one is the most complex piece of software that we have developed, and it took over two years. We had a request from a teacher in Wisconsin, cause I often say to people, what do you need, tell us what you need, and we'll try to build it. And one of the big issues that has surfaced is consistency in testing. How do you provide consistent sign language translation so that everybody who is getting the test is seeing the same. Because you could have an interpreter in one room, interpreting a question differently than an interpreter in another room, or another part of the state, even. So, what we did, is we set this up, so here, this is your colleague roster, and these are people that you can share quizzes with.
So when you build quizzes, you can share it with these people. And this is your student roster. So you can set up your classes, you can add classes, you can show your classes, so here these are the classes that I set up, ok, and you can also add students to your classes. So if I want to add students, what I can do, is I can choose what class I do, and then put in a student ID, first name, last name, and their email address. And then just put add student. Now, when you actually are ready to create a quiz, it sets you up with this template here. And to make it efficient for you, we give you three options. So one is, you can go into your quiz bank. Now this is all the quizzes that you've ever published, and also all the quizzes that your colleagues ever published. So if you link to someone, like I linked here to Teddy, you see, it says Teddy did these two quizzes, and I have access to Teddy's quizzes. So if I want to republish one of Teddy's quizzes, what happens is, that the program will go and then pull it out of Teddy's bank, and put a copy in my bank. That way, anything you do to this quiz won't effect what's in Teddy's bank. So you can rework anything there.
Now, if you started a quiz, but you didn't finish it, you could pull it out of the open quiz bank. So this is things you didn't publish or assign to students. Now, if you want to start a brand new quiz, you can put in, I'm going to have Teddy just sort of guide me here, let's see, let's say we want to call it Introduction to Computers. Oops. Poor typing. Ok. And let's say, you know, Chapter 1. Ok then the instructions to the students. So this would be the general instructions, like, oops, here we go, answer all of the questions in fifteen minutes. Ok, so say that's it. Now, I can either take this over to my sign generator, paste it in here or retype it, generate it, now with this one, it's going to pop up in a minute.
Now, if I want to here, hide this, I can do that, ok, and I can save the graphics and or the video. Ok, save. And then when the students get their copy, they're going to see that. Now, if you prefer, you can put in your own sign video, here, like a YouTube video, and you can also put in your own graphics. You can put what grade it's for, like say 6th grade, you can put in let's see, the subject, computers, and how many points, maybe it's worth five points, and the grading scale, pass/fail, pass two, maybe, and the due date, so you can decide when it's going to be due, and the time, and how long it's going to be for, so this will be the amount of time it will be up on the Internet for the student, you put continue, and then what happens is, it verifies the information, this shows the graphics, the video, if you put in your own graphics, your own video, and then you can either edit that, or do next, then what happens is you can go into your question bank and pull out a question you put in before, or you can make a new question.
So with a new question, you have different template choices, so let's say we have a true false question, so let's say, www.meanworldwidewrestling, ok? So if I want to add the signs for that, use my sign generator, I can do that. Ok, and then I can say I want to save the graphics or the video, I think maybe I'll just save the graphics this time. The same options are there to put in your own video, so here if you want a YouTube video of yourself signing you can put that in, and then this is the answer, and you assign the points. Ok, then you publish your questions. Then it tells you that you need to add more questions to get up to the five point total here, you also can open, edit, or delete the first question, so say I want to create another question, maybe it's going to be multiple choice, and I could say, debugging is what? And then add the sign, now here, because this might give away the answer, I might say, I think I want to finger spell that word, when the students see it, so they don't know what it means. And since we're not using signed English, maybe what I want to do here is, generate, there we go, ok, so we're going to finger spell here, maybe I'll say I'm going to hide that. And this one maybe I'll say that one. And I'm going to save it with video.
Ok, so then we could put in the different answers. So here I'm not going to go through the whole process, but say this is the correct answer, and this is the wrong answer, ok, and this is worth three points, can publish the question, ok, so now, we have the two questions, ok, we have the total points, and it tells us we can publish it. Now once we've published it, then it tells us it's published and we can assign it to students. From there, we can choose the class, and then we can choose which students are going to get it, whether it's going to be all the students in the class or individual students, I'm going to assign it to the students, and then what it does, is it creates a link, an individual link for each child.
So it tells me the status is it's been assigned, here's the students' links, I can give them the link, I could email it, I could write it down, whatever, and then the student just goes to that link and they can take the quiz with the signs, whether graphics or video that was put in, online, when they're completed, they will, it gets sent back to you and it will say returned here, you can open up the student's link, you can grade it, and then when you're finished, it will say graded, the link will change again, and you can give the student the new link with their graded quiz with grades and comments, whatever you have. You also can use statistical analyses, so by student, you can say, ok, maybe here, how did this particular Scarlett O'Hara do on all of her quizzes?
And so, I can look in, I can actually go into Scarlett's quizzes, and look at the quizzes, and I can also see how she did. Notice it tells, that these it looks like she didn't even take them yet. Ok, you can also do statistical analysis by the quiz. So here, you can look into any of the quizzes, ok, so say we want to look at this one, which is published, and we can see how everybody did on that one quiz. And we can also look in the individual student's quizzes. So that's one of the short takes on a very complicated piece of software. Before I go to the last one, because we only have a few minutes, so are there any questions on this one? Alright. Now, the last one here, my ASL Thesaurus, this one lets you describe signs and then find them in the dictionary. So this is good if a student does not know the English, or if you're working on ASL poetry, or story-telling, so you could go in, for example, and say, the right hand is that hand shape, the left hand is the same, you can do a search, takes you to our database and tells you that we have 293 words that have those two hand shapes. Then if you want, you can filter more so I could filter by the location, so I could say, ok, show me ones where the hands are in front of the body, the chest, here, I want them both the same, add the filter, do a search, notice now we're down to 60. Ok, so I can keep adding filters, so I can add filters then for movement and for palm orientation and narrow it down to different signs, and that's basically how that one works. So just a few more minutes for questions.
- And hopefully there will be lots of questions and discussion over the next week, in the forum, I want to remind everyone that this is a great opportunity to you know, play around with these tools, to get in there, and use them when you have the developers available to look at what you've done, to you know, kind of hold your hand through this, I also want to remind you that you can let other people know about this opportunity, we're not trying to bankrupt IDRT with free memberships, but for the week, you can let other people know, and just make sure that, if you're contacting IDRT directly, that you identify yourself as being part of the CTD forum, so that they know that you're entitled to this free week of the tools. Well, I'm very impressed. It's clear that these have been very well researched. I know you've had very solid research funding, and have invested lots and lots of your own time and effort, and it's clear. They're just really well executed programs. I've tried, like one of our participants, I've tried for years to master ASL, and I've never seen anything like this out there. So, I'm going to join.
- Thank you so much, I appreciate the opportunity to share this with everyone, we very much look forward to the questions we're there to answer your questions, and for any technical support during the week, for sure.
- Would like to know how to share this with her daughter's special ed teacher?
- Well this week you can just log on and get a free one week membership, and like I said, you know, you also, you can always go into each of these for more info, and you can see demos of these in action, and you're always welcome to call, you know, or email us, so the email is sales, S-A-L-E-S @idrt.com, or the phone number is 942-4326. I apologize, I forget our VP number, I'm going to say it's 830. Oh, Teddy has it here. Oh, yes830-5315. The VP.
- Ok, well again, thank you, Corinne and Teddy and Ron, for sharing your programs and your expertise, and we look forward to the next week online with you. So, thank you to the participants, I know there is lots of webinars that you can participate in, and we're glad that you joined us here today, and we hope we'll see you at upcoming CTD events. Ok, thanks everyone.
- Thank you.