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Peer Review

American Sign Language Fingerspelling Site



Overall Numeric Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Jun 06, 2003 by Teacher Education
Overview: To quote from members' comments page: "The ASL Fingerspelling site offers a
number of tools for novices and experts to help them become proficient at
fingerspelling. For novices, there is a standard dictionary to learn the basic
fingershapes. You can also see what a word looks like with the fingerspelling
converter and practice your receptive skills with an interactive quiz. A
stand-alone Macintosh program which gives you all of the features of the web
site, with the addition of a speed control for various skill levels, can be
down-loaded from this site."

Type of Material: Simulation

Recommended Uses: The site provides tools for students to become proficient at fingerspelling.
Faculty can use this site to introduce fingerspelling, have students learn
the alphabet, and encourage students to practice their receptive and expressive
fingerspelling skills.

Technical Requirements: Macintosh users can download the stand-alone program.

Identify Major Learning Goals: Users can learn the ASL alphabet, practice spelling in ASL (expressive
language), and use a quiz to help assess their receptive ASL skills.
Target Student Population: Anyone who wants or needs to understand and use ASL fingerspelling will find
this site useful. Instructors will appreciate this site for the interactive
ability that allows users to independently work on their ASL fingerspelling
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: No prior knowledge of ASL is required. The website is targeting beginning level
students who need or want to learn or practice ASL fingerspelling skills.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Given that understanding ASL is core knowledge for many teachers who work with
students who are deaf or hard of hearing, this is an excellent reference site.
It is easy to use and interactive for the beginning learner. Because many of
today's classrooms are inclusive in nature, this skill would help both general
and special education teachers communicate with hearing impaired students or
those with other disabilities who use ASL to communicate. The site enables users
to practice receptive (in which the user types in the word that the website
spells using ASL in a ?quiz? format) and expressive (in which the user types in
a word and then practices using ASL to sign along with the simulation)
fingerspelling skills. The ASL alphabet images are clear, even for those signs
which require movement.
Concerns: None.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This site could be used to instruct or reinforce beginning ASL fingerspelling.
Faculty could use it as an introduction to the ASL fingerspelling alphabet,
without having to spend time in class teaching the alphabet. In addition,
instructors could assign, as homework, spelling particular words given in class.
The ?quiz? allows students to work on receptive language skills, which could be
reinforced in class as well.

Concerns: One suggestion for enhancing this site would be to add a method by which faculty
could submit their own words for students to practice, or a way by which they
could create their own fingerspelling ?quiz? and get the scores of students as
they take the quiz.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Links within the site all work smoothly. The user can maneuver within the site
without getting lost, as there are only 3 basic links. It is engaging,
appealing, interactive, and has high design quality, though simple in concept.

Concerns: No concerns. Very easy website to use.

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