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NZ Sign Language Week 13-19 May 2013

This week is NZ Sign Language Week! 

In the spirit of reaching all learners using multiple means of representation, action & expression and engagement, NZ Sign can provide a visual attribute to your classroom or workplace.

What are you doing this week to celebrate NZ Sign Language Week 2013?

Start by having a go at this very fitting taster class on signing Social Media from Deaf Aotearoa 

Happy Signing! 

Happy Signing

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  • Ra Ellingham (View all users posts) 13 May 2013 4:35pm ()

    Thanks Roxy, love it.

  • Catriona Pene (View all users posts) 14 May 2013 10:24am ()

    imageThanks Roxy for starting this thread, I have a challenge  for all NZ teachers.

    How are we using technologies in our schools or classrooms to make learning accessible for all?

    What have you got planned to recognise and celebrate

    NZ Sign Language Week? (May 13 - 19)

    Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand have fabulous resources on their website and have set us all a challenge too:

    Inviting New Zealanders to Learn 25 Signs.

    You can sign up for a free taster class on their website.


    There are fantastic videos, like Meghan's story below, on the Deaf Aotearoa NZ Website sharing the everyday lives of New Zealanders who are deaf and encouraging us all to learn Sign Language:



    Also TKI has some excellent video clips to help you learn sign language.

    How could you use everyday technologies to support the learning of Sign Language with your class?

  • Catriona Pene (View all users posts) 14 May 2013 10:26am ()

    Shared by Stevie Woodman 12 hours ago

    There is a free NZSL app for iPad. We use it all the time! Happy NZ Sign week!

    NZ baby sign language.

  • Patrick Pink (View all users posts) 16 May 2013 8:45am ()

    I have had the opportunity earlier this week to work with a nine-year old girl whose family, school and classroom have included New Zealand Sign Language to assist her engagement, understanding and connection.  The young girl experiences vision, hearing and learning challenges.  Communication was proving frustrating for her because she had so much she wanted to express but was finding it difficult to do so.  New Zealand Sign Language was discussed and decided to be included in addition to the multiple ways that she was already able to communicate (speech, body language, gestures, facial expressions and so on).

    Learning sign language 

    One of the stories that her family, classroom teacher, teacher aide and specialist teacher for vision shared was how her classmates took to learning New Zealand Sign Language because they wanted to better understand.  The whole class learning New Zealand Sign Language alongside the young girl allowed for positive interactions and for the young girl to share what she knew through play and games.  One of the games was to help practice signs for various colours.  On the floor were circles and squares of a various colours.  The young girl signed to her classmates a particular colour and they would run to the corresponding colour.  There was much fun, laughter, learning and sharing.

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  • Roxy Hickman (View all users posts) 16 May 2013 4:47pm ()

    What a great example Patrick of inclusive practice where all learners are being extended by experiencing something new while supporting a classmate with a specific need.  Using colours are a great way to start learning, practicing and using sign language.

    One of my students (who did not have a hearing difficulty) would only ever say "blue" if you asked her "what colour is this?" If you asked her to sign the colour she would sign and say the name of the colour too. The physical gesture seemed to prompt her into finding the right word. It supported her language development with incorportating sign, and it also meant that she could communicate what she knew in a different way. 

    I am curious about how we can use sign language to support the language development of all students? 

  • Catriona Pene (View all users posts) 16 May 2013 5:14pm ()


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    Thanks Roxy and Patrick for your great suggestions, when I had a deaf parent of a child in my class a few years ago, as a class we all learnt to sign our names and some simple greetings.

    The students loved learning and practiced and practiced until they could sign and record on video to share with their parents via our blog.

    Several students went on to learn more words and greetings and the student in my class became the class expert, encouraging and supporting others. The parent was delighted to support the students and very moved by this class of students greeting him in sign.

    You can see the students signing here on my class blog.


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