Thursday, June 12, 2008

toutorial eight:assisstive technology

Tutorial Eight: Assistive technology

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

Assistive technology refers to a broad range of devices, services, strategies and practices that are conceived and applied to ameliorate the problems faced by people with disabilities.Cook, A.M., & Hussey, S.M. (2000). Assistive technologies: principles and practice. St Louis: Mosby.

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

Blink switch. This is attached to a pair of glasses, when the wearer of these glasses blinks, this action activates the device to turn another object on or off.This is a compact device which fits to a pair of normal sized glasses and has a small control box which is used to increase and decrease sensitivity of the blink action according to the user.The cost of this item is $1,000.00

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

This assistive device is a significant tool which enables a person to have some control over the environment in which they are in. It enables people who are non-verbal and who have extreme limitations in movement to make their own choices and can improve communication significantly for the client

tutorial seven:posting you tube videos and flickr badges to blogs: explaning the process

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.

To embed a video, just copy the code from the "Embed" box—you can find it in the "About This Video" box when you're watching the video.You can also get the code from the "Embed HTML" box on the "Edit Video" page ( if the video is yours.Once you've copied the code, just paste it into your website or blog to embed it.In your blog, press “Customise”, then “Page elements”, then “Add Page Elements”. Then click HTML/ Java Script “Add to Blog” or Video Bar “Add to Blog”.Then paste the text into the box, add a title and press “Save”.Retrieved June 12, 2008, from

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.

How to embed a Flickr badge on to a blog.
On flickr, scroll down to the bottom of the page. Click on “Tools” under Help.
On the next page click “Build a Badge”

On the next page choose a format; either HTML badge or Flash badge. Then click the “Next” button.

Then pick what photos you want to show on the badge and click “Next”.

Press “Next” on the Colours screen.
Highlight the text in the box and copy.

In your blog, press “Customise”, then “Page elements”, then “Add Page Elements”. Then click HTML/ Java Script “Add to Blog”.

Then paste the text into the box, add a title and press “Save”.

Your badge is now on your blog

tutoral six: the internet and online communities

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

The community i am going to investigate is my space

What is the brief or focus of this community

MySpace is a popular social networking website offering an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music and videos for people of all ages around the world

What services are provided? How interactive is this site? How can people contribute?

MySpace offers services such as a general Profile setting, where you can update your mood, as well as your fav movies, bands, TV shows etc as well as being able to up-load photo's video's, audio-clips etc to your general profile, write blogs, as well as a comment space, where people can leave you comments. You can style your MySpace page to match your personality, by colour co-ordinating it, adding slide-shows, quiz results and joining groups that interest you.MySpace features in general are: Bulletins,Groups,MySpaceIM,MySpaceTV,MySpace Mobile, MySpace News, MySpace Classifieds and MySpace Karaoke

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

The reason why I have a My-space page is so it’s easier to stay in touch with my friends & family who are in a different part of the country. It's easy to see what they are up to with their life’s by having a quick look at their page and you can look at photo's that they have posted to see what they have been up. I think a lot of people use my-space for this reason as its quicker and easier than posting a letter these days.Other people may be seeking friendship from other people and wanting to get to know other people in there own area. Relationships may also be formed over MySpace but it isn’t something I would do, as you never know if the person contacting you is telling the truth, or if they are some-one prowling on unassuming, naive people

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

Activities (258131 groups)Automotive (56390 groups)Business & Entrepreneurs (25696 groups)Cities & Neighbourhoods (44369 groups)Companies / Co-workers (40109 groups)Computers & Internet (18990 groups)Countries & Regional (14911 groups)Cultures & Community (90529 groups)Entertainment (395449 groups)Family & Home (54542 groups)Fan Clubs (273493 groups)Fashion & Style (86038 groups)Film & Television (51012 groups)Food, Drink & Wine (45263 groups)Games (75199 groups)Gay, Lesbian & Bi (42520 groups)Government & Politics (35143 groups)Health, Wellness, Fitness (30779 groups)Hobbies & Crafts (37904 groups)Literature & Arts (35171 groups)Money & Investing (15672 groups)Music (355313 groups)Nightlife & Clubs (67833 groups)Non-Profit & Philanthropic (23240 groups)Other (1470810 groups)Pets & Animals (41627 groups)Places & Travel (21011 groups)Professional Organizations (50950 groups)Recreation & Sports (150304 groups)Religion & Beliefs (118518 groups)Romance & Relationships (73636 groups)Schools & Alumni (195876 groups)Science & History (10417 groups)Sorority/Fraternities (33809 groups)And discuss anything, for example:Posted: 27 Dec 2006, 19:24 Let's make our own list of 1,000 places to see before you die.

These are a list of topics that are being discussed on MySpace.

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.

My-space has a page specially dedicated to safety and security: have the ability to set your profile to private, therefore only your friends or immediate contacts can view your details, but if your profile isn't set to private, then any videos or pictures you have uploaded become available for anybody on the internet to use. Also people add you all the time and you have no idea who they are

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

You are given the opportunity to meet people all over the world, and you get the ability to find out other peoples perspectives on a certain topic. It's easy to get to, for example, no having to travel anywhere as you can do it all in the comfort of your own home! People can communicate with other people who have the same interests, or have the same illness etc.

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

There is no actual face to face stuff, its all over the internet, so you lose some sense of sociability....some people spend all their time in front of a computer, rather than getting out into the community and communicating with people, which isn’t good for building social skills

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

tutorial three (blogging part one)

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 can be used as a sort of modern personal diary, place where u can express your thoughts and feelings through poetry ,art , photos , movies a place where your own private thoughts can be set free.
You can update your blog as often as you want and write as much . If you are brave you can let friends or even the public comment on your blog.
This particular blooger that I am using starting in 1999 and is deemed to be only getting started.

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 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 is a popular web video sharing site that lets absolutely anybody store short videos for private or public viewing. You tube was founded In 2005. You tube provides a venue for sharing videos among friends and family as well as a showcase for new and experienced videographers. Featuring videos it considers entertaining. You tube has become a destination for ambitious videosgraphers, as well as amateurs who fancy making a statement of some kind and then there’s the nosey people who make it possible to keep on going.

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.

When we were told that we had to make a 30 second film you could see everyone’s faces drop ..well mine mostly. We got into groups and then we were given a sheet which was helpful to up to brainstorm on. It was beneficial for us as a group as it let us all know what we wanted individual and it helped us to look at all the individual wants to be able to get a picture of how we could put them together to what we wanted collectively as a group. Using this template (storyboard) meant that it wasn’t set in stone and some of the shots we envisioned that were not possible could be changed J


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

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