Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Tutorial eight.

Provide a definition of Assistive technology?

The science or study of the practical or industrial arts, applied science, a method, process, etc for handling a specific technical problem. Cook and Hussey 2000 state that "Assistive technology refers to a broad rangeof devices, services, strategies and practices that are conceived and applied to ameliorate the problems faced by individuals who have disabilites."

Describe one piece of equipment introduced in the assistive technoligy tutorial. Provide information on sixe, cost and functions.

Sunny Sunshine Switch, with bendable sunshine rays.
No child can keep from touching this spectacular switch/toy. When used as a toy, the easiest touch will reward the child with colored lights, vibration and three different soothing tunes in sync with eight different colored blinking lights. If a toy or device is plugged in, the sunny sunshine will activiate it when touched. Size length 14" X 14" wide X 8'' High. It requires 6AA Batteries to work and cost $82.95 US or $108.18 plus postage of $40 NZ.

How does your chosen piece of equipment increase functional capacity for the user? Provide examples here from the tutorial and lecture.

The Sunny Sunshine switch increses functional capactiy by giving a child the opportunity to be included or engage in a group activity such as cooking, an example of this from the class activity was using the switch to engage all of us in cooking it it powered the blender for making pancakes. A child with out a switch would not recieve the same level of interaction within the group and would miss out on valuable learning opportunites. It also can be used as a stimulation toy and relaxation with the music on it.
Overall a very cool assistive device and would be benefical to any childs stimulation and learning.

Tutorial Seven

Explain the step by step process required to embed You Tube videos into your log. Consider using screen captures to provide a visual representation of these steps.

1) Find You Tube tags- OT
2) Copy the link
3) Go to your blog
4) Add an element
5)Go to the video clip
6) Add a title and copy and paste the code into description

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.

1) Log on to your Flickr account
2) Upload the photos that you want to use
3) Help- Tools
4) Create a Flickr Badge
5)Choose a layout
6) Choose a background/colours that you want to use
7) Save changes and copy the url code
8) Go to your blog
9) Add an element
10) Go to Java html
11) Add a title and paste code into description.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Tutorial Six: The internet and online community

Both of these communities have one thing in common, they are both aimed at helping people and rely on the support of travelers and volunteers to ensure the organization runs smoothly.
The Tabitha Foundation is a NPO that assits people of Cambodia when able bodied travelers go to Cambodia and assist with building houses for the poor and people that have been affected by land mines. PGL is an adventure camp in the UK which provides a facility that children can come to for respite care, school trips and school holidays to build and gain confidence and try risk taking activities that they would not otherwise get the opportunity to participate in.

What services are provided? How interactive is this site? How can people contribute?
The online community for the Tabitha Foundation provides and informative community that people can join to donate money, offer support, or communite with loved ones whilst they are in Cambodia and inform them of the charity work they are contributing towards.
The online community of PGL provides a site for pas and present staff that are working at PGL to keep in touch and share stories of experiences had, along with being able to organize meetings.
Both of these sites can be described as very interactive, and others can contribute by asking questions and getting involved.

Consider material presented during the lecture and make comment on why people choose to contribute to this community . What is it they are seeking?

For the two communities that I have mentioned above I feel that people choose to contribute to these communities to gain a sense of affiliation and to be able to network and keep in touch with people all over the world and that they would not otherwise be able to keep in touch with it. The positives of online communities is that it is fast and readily available to wide range of people.

Cut and paste an example of the type of topics being discussed.
On the Tabitha Foundation site pictures are being posted of pre existing houses in Cambodia and comments made around the fact that they are shacks. But this is better than nothing!
On the PGL web site discussion is being had with people that are already starting there training at Boreatton Park in the UK before they disembark to the adventure camps. They are also sharing past and current experiences they are having.

Considering material being presented during the course and make comment on the potential ethical issues that may arise in this community.
Any person can use these sites and could join up whether they have been apart of these organizations or not. Due to the lack of identity associated with it allows for the problems such as online predators and not being protected. Due to being able to join through facebook you do have the opportunity to decline friends and protect yourself if you do not know the person you are talking to.

Consider material presented during the lecture and make comment on the benefits this community holds over traditional notions of community.
That no matter wherever you are in the world you can log on and talk to the other members of the community and see what they are up to. The feeling that you can look at there pictures and video and still feel that you are close by to them and not missing out on much of there life.

Consider material presented during the lecture and make comment what this community lacks or can not provide which traditional communities can?
Social interaction in a physical situation. Honesty and being able to meet a person and take them for face value as you may not ever get this opportunity. Developing trust, rapport and making a 1st impression, with a person by having the first initial meeting.

Giant Swing

I have put this on here as when I was 18 went to this adventure training center in the UK to become an instructor for adventure sports for disadvantage children, children with disabilities and children from all warps of life. This video depicts how scary it can be steeping outside of your comfort zone. This is adults image children!!!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Task Four

Provide a brief summary of the services offered by You Tube.
You Tube offers short movies relating to everything and anything. An individual can post their own movie on You Tube for the world to see. Individuals can then use these movies like poetry to emphasise or express there feelings or point of view when they have run out of words or don't know how.

Tutorial Three

Prived a brief summary of the services offered by Blogger? In addition to this name one other Blog host.
Blogger offers the service for individuals to publish their thoughts on line. You can share your thoughts, ideas or something that you found really interesting with your family and friends no matter where you are in the world you can share them.
Blogger lets you publish photos, videos, images from you tube, and basically be as creative as you want.
Other blog host are bebo, myspace and facebook are all blogs that are constantly growing.