Wednesday, June 6, 2007

tutorial eight- assistive technology

Provide a definition of Assistive technology (your Cook and Hussey reading may be helpful with this).
Any device or equiptment that helps a person achieve what they want

Describe one piece of equipment introduced in the assistive technology tutorial. Provide information on size, cost and functions.
Tango-designed for autistic chilren to enable them to communitcate with their parents etc. by the user touching a button which corrosponds to a prerecorded message.
looks like a large white PsP game console and costs approx. $5000 Us dolloars or $10000 NZ dollars.

How does your chosen piece of equipment increased functional capacity for the user? Provide examples here from the tutorial and lecture..
allows the child to communicate and express their needs and wants which they would other wise struggle to express.

tutorial seven- posting you tube viedeo and flicker badges to blogs

Task One: Explain the step by step process required to embed You Tube videos into your Blog . Consider using screen captures to provide a visual representation of these steps.
find video on you tube
copy the 'embed'(make sure it is the whole thing as it is very long)
paste into posting.

Task Two: Explain the step by step process required to embed a Flickr Badge into your Blog . Consider using screen captures to provide a visual representation of these steps.
sign onto flickr account
go to tools at the bottom off from help
click on build a badge
choose flash badge then click next:choose photos
choose layout and clour of badge (no backround colour)
copy code for the flash badge
In blogger page go to template in postings section
go to add page element> add code and click publish

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Tutorial Four and Five: Video Production Sessions

Tutorial Four and Five: Video Production Sessions
Task Four (Blog Posting): Provide a brief summary of the services offered by U Tube. Information can be drawn from the week five tutorial hand out.
YouTube is a popular video sharing website where users can upload, view, and share video clips.
The wide variety of site content includes movie and TV clips and music videos, as well as amateur content such as videoblogging and short original videos.
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Task Five (Blog Posting): Provide a brief account (1-2 paragraphs) on how the use of planning (storyboarding and scripting aided your groups short film).
By plainning the story in which we were going to film we were able to identify what the story was going to evolve, the main stoy thred, the main charachters and the sets we were going to need in order to capture the story.

Blog creation- third posting

Task Four: brief summary of the services offered by Blogger:
A blog is a personal diary.
Your blog can be whatever you want it to be. There are millions of them, in all shapes and sizes, and there are no real rules.
In simple terms, a blog is a web site, where you write stuff on an ongoing basis. New stuff shows up at the top, so your visitors can read what's new. Then they comment on it or link to it or email you. Or not.

Ethics and information technology

Tutorial One: Information Technology and Ethical Issues

Provide a definition of Information Technology/Information Communications Technology (APA reference required)
Information technology (IT) n. the production, storage and communication of information using computers and microelectronics.

Hanks, P. (ed.) (1989) concise English dictionary. Glasgow: Bath press.
Consider the definition of IT you have provided. How is this form of technology prevalent in our society? How common place has it become?
IT is extremely prevalent in today's society with most people in the western world being exposed to it everyday. IT can be found in Eftpos machines, cellphones, computers (internet, banking, everyday shopping).

What IT devices or system do you feel comfortable and competent using?
I feel competent and comfortable using computers, digital cameras, Eftpos machines, computer based till systems.

Thinking about your own fieldwork experiences consider how IT is being used in Occupational Therapy practice?
Networks are used in hospitals to connect the various team members and share information. Pagers are used to connect with team members when needed either through phone messages, emailing etc. cellphones are used to connect the therapists with the hospital at all times.

What ethical implications arise from the capturing, sharing and transferring of information via IT devices (e.g. mobile phones) or systems (e.g. internet)
There is a chance that the information is availible to other members who do not need to access it. Cellphones can interupt sessions.

Provide a definition of Computer Ethics (APA reference required)
computer ethics is a branch of practical philosophy which deals with how computing professionals should make decisions regarding professional and social conduct.
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Provide a definition of Intellectual Property (APA reference required)
In law, intellectual property (IP) is an umbrella term for various legal entitlements which attach to certain names, written and recorded media, and inventions. The holders of these legal entitlements are generally entitled to exercise various exclusive rights in relation to the subject matter of the IP. The term intellectual property reflects the idea that this subject matter is the product of the mind or the intellect, though the term is a matter of some controversy
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Provide a definition of Social Justice (APA reference required)
Social justice refers to conceptions of a just society, where "justice" refers to more than just the administration of laws. It is based on the idea of a society which gives individuals and groups fair treatment and a just share of the benefits of society. Different proponents of social justice have developed different interpretations of what constitutes fair treatment and a just share.
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Provide a definition of Informed Consent (APA reference required)
Informed consent is a legal condition whereby a person can be said to have given consent based upon an appreciation and understanding of the facts and implications of an action. The individual needs to be in possession of relevant facts and also of his reasoning faculties, such as not being mentally retarded or mentally ill and without an impairment of judgment at the time of consenting. Such impairments might include illness, intoxication, insufficient sleep, and other health problems.
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In your own words briefly summarise why (or why not) a great understanding of ITC and the ethical issues it encompasses will help us in our practice and daily lives.
It will help us to make our professional and personal lifes more effeicient and ensure we do not disclose or create any information which other people may be offended or hurt by.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The Great Baby Escape

Tutorial Six: The internet and online communities

Tutorial Six: The internet and online communities

Provide the web address and the name of the community you are investigating

What is the brief or focus of this community
Facebook is a online social networking website. On the site you can selest ton join one or more participating networks such as a high school, occupation etc.

What services are provided? How interactive is this site? How can people contribute?
Free to join- you create a profile that can contain photos, personal interests, you can exchange messages with friends and join groups of friends. You are able to view your friends profiles and photos.

Consider material presented during the lecture and make comment on why people choose to contribute to this community. What is it they are seeking?
This site gives the users a sense of community where they can communicate with friends and people who share the same interests.

Cut and paste an example of the type of topics being discussed (you may have to provide a context to your excerpt).
"Riani is going to be spending alot more time on facebook, now that exams are coming up!"

Considering material presented during the course and make comment on the potential ethical issues that may arise in this community e.g. lack of identity and accountability.
Pivacy concerns regarding data on profiles being copied and pasted into another source and used with out permission from the owner.

Consider material presented during the lecture and make comment on the benefits this community holds over traditional notions of community e.g. communities reliant on geographic proximity
facebook can connect users from all around the world and make it easier for them to keep in contact with each other. It is an convenient way to share photos and connect with people with similar interests.

Consider material presented during the lecture and make comment what this community lacks or can not provide which traditional communities can.
Facebook lacks the personal contact you would get from meeting or talking directly to someone. Communication on facebook can be simple and lack any real emotion and therefore may be may be taken out of context.