Today, I have had the opportunity to play with the Vcom3D program, Sign Smith (30-day dowload). Basically, you select an avatar from the list, then insert or type your text into the "text" box. You can cut and paste your text into the signing component and your avatar comes to life. Initially, there was no facial expression and it signs word for word of your text. I had to go in and individually modify facial expressions, grammatacal cues (i.e., head tilt, eye gaze) and eliminate non ASL words. But, after a few modifications, it was ready to go. It does save as a very large .avi file, so I actually spent more time converting the file to MP4, so I could post it below (I hope this works). It took me a while to get adjusted to the program. It is definately not one of those, plug and play activities. Read the manual for clear instructions on how to create a video file. However, once I read the beginning of the manual, I was able to figure out other features of the program just by playing a bit with my creation. I was having so much fun, I didn't realize how much time I had spent creating a short 2 min video! I love the concept of this program. However, it was a bit time consuming to make a video. I am trying to come up with some ideas of how to utilize this program with students to support English/ASL development. Primarily, I believe it would be a great tool for ME to use as a teacher to perhaps translate stories and have students practice "reading" the stories via ASL and English together. I'm gonna keep working on this one. Feel free to leave your experiences and comments below. And....enjoy the short video clip!