Monday, June 9, 2008

Tutorial 8: Assitive Technology

Provide a definition of Assistive technology (your Cook and Hussey reading may be helpful with this).
"The term assistive technology is a term used to refer to a broad range of devices, services, stratigies and practices that are conceived and applied to ameliorate the problems faced by individuals who have dissibilities" ( Cook & Hussey, 2000).
Basically an assistive device is something that assist you to achieve the goal the individual wants to achieve.

Describe one piece of equipment introduced in the assistive technology tutorial. Provide information on size, cost and functions.
The Gooshy step talking sequencer
$153.73 NZ dollas
Size- 10¼” x 7¼” x 3” (in inches)
4 AA batteries are required for it to operate
It can be used for no-speaking children or adults.
Sequencing, sing a longs, directions, testing, pre recorded messages, multiplications, memorization,story telling, and medical instructions.
The Gooshy Step Talking Sequencer is a switch device. It has a yellow plastic shell, that has a gel pad on top that you press. There are red lights on the shell that light up when the gel pad is pressed. The gel pad also vibrates and plays music when it is pressed.

How does your chosen piece of equipment increased functional capacity for the user? Provide examples here from the tutorial and lecture.
The Gooshy Step Talking Sequencer is used for people to get them starting to switch. It is good to use to get them interested because of the color, texture, and sound. Individuals can start using this and then move on to a plane switch. For example when it is hooked up to a blender the individual will first be interested in the Gooshy Step Talking Sequencer because of how it looks and then they will learn by pushing it it makes the blender go. This will lead to them switching with a normal switch that has no stimuli to it like the Gooshy.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Tutorial 7 Posting You Tube Videos and Flickr Badges to Blogs: Explaining the Process

Step by step process required to embed You Tube videos into your Blog

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

Step by Step process required to embed a Flickr Badge into your Blog

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 6 The Internet and Online Community sites

Provide the web address and name of the community you are investigating.
My Space

What is the brief or focus of this community?
The My Space community focouses on connecting people with their friends and family and allowing them to communicate via the net.

What services are provided? How interactive is this site? How can people contribute?
MySpace is a popular social networking website offering an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music and videos for teenagers and adults internationally Retrieved 28th May 2008. This site is very interactive as there are so many things to do as you have you own webpage with may different things you can add on it like a blog, comments, personal profile, music, videos, photos,groups and lots of other stuff. 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 thing

Consider material presented during the lecture and make comment on why people choose to contribute to this community. What is it they are seeking?
Many people choose to contribute to this community so they can keep in contact with family and friends. People can also meet new people. This can be great for people that arnt able to physicaly catch up with friends it gives them another way to communicate with them. People on my space 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).
I cant cut and paste from this site. But because you have your own page most people are talking to each other just about their everyday life. There are also groups that you can add to your page though for example there was one for people who had left kavanagh college and the ex pupils would talk about things that happend at there school and the memories they had.

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
It can be alot easier meeting someone online then it would be when you met someone face to face. Also with this community you are able to communicate with anyone in the world you dont just have to be in the geographic proximity. This makes it easier for people to keep in conntact with family and friends and even catch up with old friends that you my find on My Space.

Consider material presented during the lecture and make comment what this community lacks or can not provide which traditional communities can.
Communicating with people though the net can sometimes not be alot less personal then meeting with someone face to face. Also people who dont have a computer or cant use a computer are not able to access this community. It can lack safety as someone could be lying about who they are they could say there 15 when really there 30 but if you see them face to face its alot safer.

Tutorial 4 & 5 Video Production Sessions

Provide a brief summary of the services offered by You Tube.
You Tube is a video sharing website where users can upload, view and share video clips. You Tube has become very popular as it allows anyone to make their own short video and share it with the world. The videos you upload to You Tube can be made privite or public. There are many different types of videos that are put on ranging from educational ones to entertaining ones. You Tube allows you to share videos with family and friends. It can also help to connect people and let them share there ideas. It also allows amiteur videographers get there work out there for people to see.
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Provide a brief account on how the use of planning aided your groups short film.
We were given the task to make a short video on student life in Dunedin. We got into groups of four and drew a story board so we new roughly what we would film. Pictues were drawn so we wouldnt miss out on any pic we wanted. We chose to base ours around the polytech area and look at one of the flats. Using the story board to plan firrst helped alot as it allowed us to get all our ideas out there because it was better to have to many as we could always delete them.

Once we had filmed everyting we wanted we then had to edit the video. The story board was helpful as when we had drawn it we had also planned the order to but the things we filmed in so this made the process go alot quiker.

Tutorial 4 and 5 Video Production Sessions

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