The classroom activity that I have chosen that focuses on encoding and decoding data revolves around the use of Auslan fingerspelling. This area is particularly close to my heart as when I was in high school I had a friend who was hearing impaired and she taught me to fingerspell and sometimes I would spell words for her to see or on her hand. This is such a valuable skill that I still hold dear to me!
There are some excellent resources available to help children learn Auslan fingerspelling which I have attached below. However, the resource that stood out the most to me was an Auslan Fingerspellathon worksheet where students must be able to spell 10 words, which are answers to questions about themselves, using Auslan fingerspelling. The worksheet provides students the opportunity to self-assess their ability to fingerspell certain words independently. This worksheet not only allows for students to better know each other but is a chance for them to practice their peers’ answers in fingerspelling. An adaption of this activity could be that students could record their answers using video and then others have to decode the words.
Auslan Fingerspelling tutorial video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rV1KfQlRAds
Auslan Fingerspelling bunting: https://www.teachstarter.com/au/teaching-resource/auslan-fingerspelling-alphabet-bunting/
Auslan Fingerspellathon worksheet: https://www.teachstarter.com/au/teaching-resource/auslan-fingerspellathon/