Snapchat has created a new feature that allows its users to learn and practice fingerspelling using the American Sign Language alphabet, according to statement from the company. This new lens is called Sign With Snap.
“Snapchat has created a new feature that allows its users to learn and practice fingerspelling using the American Sign Language alphabet.”
Last year Snapchat released three augmented reality lenses in partnership with SignAll. SignAll‘s vision is to “offer solutions that allow Deaf and Hard of Hearing to communicate with other people spontaneously and effectively – anytime and anywhere.” Snapchat introduced ASL stickers and tools to learn simple words along with fingerspelling. Check out all of the lenses and more here.
Snapchat uses game-based learning to drive its fingerspelling lens. When you add the Fingerspelling Randomizer, you are given a word to fingerspell. There is a hand shown just above the words that gives direction on how to shape your hand. Upon completing the word, the background changes and there is an animation of the word. My favorite is the dragon!
Other lenses include having your Snapchat username fingerspelled, and even learning how to fingerspell other words on a timer. The letters fall from the top of the screen and you have to show the letter in order to catch the letter before it falls. Not only are these games fun, but they also improve your receptive skills. The more you practice, the faster you become.
With Snapchat being used all over the world, it would be awesome to see the alphabets of other signed languages, such as British Sign Language. This could also bridge the gap for cross cultural sharing within the deaf and hard of hearing community.