Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Video we made

Tutorial eight

Tutorial Eight: Assistive technology

Provide a definition of Assistive technology (your Cook and Hussey reading may be helpful with this).

Assistive technology is a generic term that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices and the process used in selecting, locating, and using them. AT promotes greater independence for people with disabilities by enabling them to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish, or had great difficulty accomplishing, by providing enhancements to or changed methods of interacting with the technology needed to accomplish such tasks. Although, Cook & Hussey (2001)[1] report this term is usually not used for rehabilitative devices and for devices that able-bodied find useful. According to disability advocates, technology is often created without regard to people with disabilities, creating unnecessary barriers to hundreds of millions of people.(

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

Motorized glitter roll switch (Music box). It costs $99.95. It requires capability switch and 2 batteries. It works with an external capability switch. When switch is activated, the potpourri of sparkling shapes will tumble as the sweet sounding music plays.

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

This switch makes them motivated. It operates as a switch to turn things on and off. This switch can be hooked up to the radio and turn the radio on and off. It can also be hooked up to the tv or light switches to turn them on and off as well!

Tutorial seven

Tutorial Seven: Posting You Tube Videos and Flickr Badges to Blogs: Explaining the process

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.

Step 1- Start an account with You Tube
Step 2- Log on to You Tube
Step 3- Search for the video you want to add to your Blog
Step 4- The video will have a URL which you need to copy
Step 5- Log on to your blog and go into new posting
Step 6- Paste the URL into the posting box
Step 7- Save it and then view your blog

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.

Step 1- Make a flikr account
Step 2- Log onto your flikr account
Step 3- Up load photos onto your account
Step 4 - Make photos public
Step 5 - Go to tools at the bottom of the page
Step 6 - Go down to create your own flikr badge
Step 7- Go to choose which layout you want
Step 8 - Choose all your public photos then go to next colour
Step 9- Go to preview and get code
Step 10 - Copy the URL code
Step 11- Sign into your Blog
Step 12 - Go to customize
Step 13- Go to add elements
Step 14- Go to script
Step 15- Paste the URL into the box and name it
Step 16- Save it and go to view blog

Tutorial six

Tutorial Six: The internet and online communities

Either search online for a community which interest you or choose one of the provided online communities to investigate. Make sure your selected a community that comprises some form of online forum, discussion page or chat room. You may also wish to see if your community has a Wikipedia entry.

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

Bebo -

What is the brief or focus of this community

The focus of this web site is to stay connected with long lost friends and people you wouldn't usually keep in contact with.

What services are provided? How interactive is this site? How can people contribute?
Services provided: Sharing videos and photos for friends to view, adding face book and other types of communities.

This site is very interactive, people can contribute by adding whatever they want to their own personal profiles whenever they want. They can also add all their friends to view what they add. Everyone can add their own blogs, groups, comments, photos, music and videos for teenagers and adults. Plus loads of other stuff (internationally Retrieved 30th May 2008). There are also alot of new stuff being added that you can do all the time. People contribute by making there own page then writing to their friends or addeding new things.

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

Alot of people choose to contribute to this community(website) so they can keep in contact with family and friends. People can also meet new people. This can be great for people that arn't able to physically catch up with friends, it gives them another way to communicate with them. People on bebo are seeking social contact and the ability to keep in contact with others that could be half way around the world.

Cut and paste an example of the type of topics being discussed (you may have to provide a context to your excerpt).

hey not much ae you? 3 days ago | Reply"

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.

People can send abusive comments to other people. Some people can lie on it and pretend to be other people and there can be alot of problems with this as people can be in danger if they met up with them

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

Meeting someone face to face can be alot harder then meeting someone online! Also with this community you can talk to people all around the world and you dont have to be in the same graphic proximity. This makes it way easier to keep in touch with people that you dont usually talk to and all friends and family.

Consider material presented during the lecture and make comment what this community lacks or can not provide which traditional communities can.

Talking to people on the internet through this community can be alot less personal then talking to them face to face. People may lie about their ages on the internet saying they are 20 when they are really 35, this therefore lacks security.People who dont have a computer cannot access this community so therefore they probbly do not know about it.

Tutorial four and five

Tutorial Four and Five: Video Production Sessions

Task One: Follow instructions and work in a small group to plan and produce and edit a 30 second short.

Task Two: Set up a U Tube account

Task Three: Follow instructions to posting your video on U Tube.

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.

You Tube offers short movies that any one worldwide can put up for everyone to see. Individuals can then use these movie to express their feelings, share their knowledge and skills or to show the world they funny things that they may get up to.

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.

We were given a task to make a short movie.By planning and using a design template of 6 slides, Our group could show our ideas that we wanted to show in our short story.
Our group used the 6 slides to prompt us as we were filming.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Tutorial two

Tutorial Two: Digital Camera use and applications

“A new technology is rarely superior to an old one in every feature”. Briefly discuss this statement in relation to digital camera technology. What would you consider to be some of the pluses and minuses digital camera technology holds in relation to more traditional film based cameras?

Photos are able to be view after taking then and you can delete the bad ones. You can choose what to develop and can easily print of pictures you want from your home computer.

It is expense to use film camera and the photos are not instant. There is no hard copy of pictures apart from the film. Getting the film back from the camera shop is slow but it is exciting. Using film camera is hard as there are lots of different functions to use.

List some of the ways that digital images can be stored transferred and manipulated using other communications technology.

Computers in hard drive
Flash drives
Cell phones

Given the prevalence of image capturing devices, and thinking about the issues discussed in tutorial one, consider what sort of ethical issues may arise with their use.

Misuse of copy write
People downloading things
If you are in a public place people have the right to take pictures of you.

Briefly discuss some of the ways that digital images could, or are, being used in occupational therapy practice.

Taking pictures of spaces for documentation.
Making maps for people.
Showing pictures to groups of what has been done.
Use for house modifications.
Mental Health: Taking photos maybe an activity.

Provide a brief summary of the services offered by

Flickr is a host site, which you can load pictures and movies on too.

Name one other photo storage website which offers a service similar to


Explain what the difference is between a digital and an optical zoom

A digital zoom crops an image to a smaller size, then enlarges the cropped portion to fill the frame, resulting in a loss of quality the larger the photo gets.An optical zoom uses the lens to focus, through changing focal length and magnification as it is zoomed. The subject is enlarged with the image quality staying high.

Explain what is meant by the term mega pixel

A pixel is a contraction of the term Picture Element.
Digital images are made up of small squares (pixels) like a tile mosaic. A mega pixel is one thousand pixels in a picture.

tutorial three

Tutorial Three: Blog Creation Tasks

Task One: Follow instructions to set up a account with Blogger

This will involve setting up a Google account (make note of your user name and password)

Task Two: Follow instructions to complete the following Blog construction tasks

  • Choose a Blog Template (this can be changed later if you wish)
  • Provide a Blog title (this will need to incorporate your name and the course title Participation in Occupation 1)
  • Provide a Blog outline. This is a short statement outlining the purpose of the Blog (this information should come from the course outline and assessment guidelines for Participation in Occupation 1).
  • Complete your Blog profile (you need to include your age, gender, industry, occupation and location)
  • Up load a photo to your Blog profile

Task Three: Follow instructions to start posting content. Your first two post should be taken from the technical descriptions for tutorials one and two.

Task Four: Provide a brief summary of the services offered by Blogger (this will be your third posting. Information can be drawn from the attached hand out). In addition to this name one other Blog host.

A blog is a space which is your own where you can post comments and have discussion with other people on all sorts of things. It’s kind of like an online diary. You can chat with friends and family and it is away to communicate.

You can create your blog how ever you want it by choosing colours pictures and pages that you want.

Other types of sites are bebo, myspace, and facebook.

Task Five: Upload 5 photos from tutorial 5 onto your flickr account.

Any remaining time can be spent

· Exploring Blogs hosted by Blogger and other services (e.g.myspace)

· Setting up a personal Blog

· Organising your flickr account into groups

Tutorial one

Tutorial One: Information Technology and Ethical Issues

Provide a definition of Information Technology/Information Communications Technology (APA reference required)

Also known as information and communication(s) Tech (ICT) and infocommin Asia, is concerned with the use of technology in managing and processing information, especially in large organisations.

Retrieved Feburary 21, 2008 from Technology

Consider the definition of IT you have provided. How is this form of technology prevalent in our society? How common place has it become?

Very relevant in society!

What IT devices or system do you feel comfortable and competent using?

Computer - emailing, skype, blogs, bebo, facebook, social networking sites, search engines, wikipedia, online games, grabaseat, online shopping, cellphones, text, emails, pix, shop, internet, weather, photo.

Thinking about your own fieldwork experiences consider how IT is being used in Occupational Therapy practice?

cellphones, websites to order equipment, blackberry's, to look at definitions, own networks, digital cameras, videos, televisions, teleconferencing.

What ethical implications arise from the capturing, sharing and transferring of information via IT devices (e.g. mobile phones) or systems (e.g. internet)

- Storage of information - confidentiality

- Hacking

- False identity's

Provide a definition of Computer Ethics (APA reference required)

Is a branch of practical philosophy which deals with how computing professionals should make decisions regarding professional and social conduct.

Retrieved February 14, 2007, from

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 types of information, ideas, or other intangibles in their expressed form. The holder of this legal entitlement is 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, and that IP rights may be protected at law in the same way as any other form of property. However, the use of the term and the concepts it is said to embody are the subject of some controversy.

Retrieved February 14, 2007,

Provide a definition of Social Justice (APA reference required)

Social justice mostly refers to an ideal of society, where "justice" refers to economic status rather than to 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, although what is "fair treatment" and a "just share" must remain unclear or subject to interpretation.

Retreived Februry 14, 2007, from

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.

Retrieved February 14, 2007, from

In your own words briefly summarise why (or why not) a great understanding of ICT and the ethical issues it encompasses will help us in our practice and daily lives.

I think ICT will help us alot in our daily lives in every aspect e.g. at work, at school, and at home.

There are some disadvantages such as hackers and confidentiality.

2nd Week

Well today we added an author to our web pages! I now have one person on my list