Tuesday, June 10, 2008
"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. According to disability advocates, technology is often created without regard to people with disabilities, creating unnecessary barriers to hundreds of millions of people" (Wikipedia, 2008; encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com, 2008).
Describe one piece of equipment introduced in the assistive technology tutorial. Provide information on size, cost and functions.
One piece of equipment introduced in the Assistive technology tutorial is the Blink Switch. A device that is attached to the interior of a pair of glasses. A client who wears the glasses is able to turn off and on electrical equipment by mere sensitivity of blinking their eyes. As a very compact device, there is a small cord connected to a control switch usually beside the user on some table at a cost of about a thousand dollars.
How does your chosen piece of equipment increased functional capacity for the user? Provide examples here from the tutorial and lecture.
The blink switch is able to increase their functional capacity to clients who have some form of severe physical disability, non verbal, and has a limited range of motion but is able aid them in communication and turning items on or off that many take for granted.
Once your video has been successfully uploaded to you tube, click on your video and under the word embed is a rectangular box that has random letters and shapes or the URL code. Highlight and copy the URL code as seen between the top and second picture on the right column.
You then need to log on to your blog website. To post You Tube video onto your blog, enter the URL code (found next to all video clips on You Tube), click 'new post'. Two new boxes will appear with title as the top rectangle and a larger below this. Give your video a title. Inside the larger box below, paste the copied URL code. After pasting, click publish post.
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.
Before embedding a flickr badge, a flickr account must be opened. This usually requires you to already have an existing yahoo account. Once successful, scroll down to the bottom of the page as below.
Along the row 'help', look for 'tools' and left click.
On the right hand column of the page, there is a picture about half way down. To its left is blue wording 'bulid a badge'. Left click this and follow the prompts. Choose either 'a flash badge' or an 'HTML badge' then left click 'next:choose content'.
http://www.facebook.com/home.php? face book is the community i have chosen and will investigate.
What is the brief or focus of this community?
The focus of this community is predominantly good friends and friends of friends able to interact with one another and share materials each to the interest of the individual.
What services are provided? How interactive is this site? How can people contribute?
Facebook blogger website provides a search tool and links to activities all woman and men like to fill out in their spare time. The website is very interactive. As long as people sign up to this website they may begin to make their own blogs on subjects that interest them. If a friend is online the same time as yourself, it is possible to chat online real time and to view each others materials as well as borrow resources provided that consent is given.
Consider material presented during the lecture and make comments on why people choose to contribute to this community. What is it they are seeking?
People can contribute by posting material onto your own website which will automatically be sent to all your friends which is dependent on whether you have given your consent. Contribution is dependent on the person, there is no quota on how much contribution needs to be made to your own blogger website.
Task two: Set up a u tube account:
user name: kendosinthehouse
Task three: Follow instructions to posting your video on U tube.
Task four: Provide a brief summary of the services offered by U tube. Information can be drawn from the week five tutorial handout.
You Tube provide a number of services such as videos, channels and different online communities. Most of these services offer a visual modality in watching small pieces of video coverage of interest to almost anyone. Other services You Tube provide are being able to watch you tube videos on your mobile, to rearrange your inbox account or address book of friends or favorite websites as well as adding your own insight on other videos including your own by seeing how other people rated it.
Task five (blog posting): Provide a brief account (1-2 paragraphs) on how the use of planning (storyboard and scripting aided your groups short film.
Although initially slow, the storyboard assisted our group in deciding what areas we were to film. Once the topic was decided, along with some improvisation, were able to make a reasonable, coherent story after editing. Because everyone in our group had no competent skills in drawing, spaces that was supposed to be used in this section for pictures, was filled in with words of location. A large part of this exercise was improvising on the spot, film now and edit later.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Tutorial Three: Blog Creation Tasks
Task One: Follow instructions to set up a account with Blogger
Task Two: Follow instructions to complete the following Blog construction tasks
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.
The services offered by Blogger include, related services that would assist in some part with the blog website such as google reader that would allow all URL websites posted on this website to be automatically included onto the blogger website as well as others who are connected or grouped with the same blog site after others members give their approval. The Blogger website also gives up to date information on blogging information as well as related links relevant to blogging. It is also now possible to view someones blog by using cellular phones and teaches you the steps to carry out this new function. Other services available are links to other interesting links related to subjects of your interest and not just spam or irrelevant subjects. One other blog host is facebook.com or myspace.com
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
Friday, June 6, 2008
Is new technology always going to be better than the obsolete features? From my standpoint, the answer is no. For example, nowadays, digital camera has a focus function that allows the 'shooter' to half hold down the shutter button, and the camera, presumably focuses the object or item in question. The question to ask here is, everyone has different likes and dislikes on how focussed an object should be. So why should a camera decided how focussed an object should be by pressing a button with unknown applied pressure to the shutter button. Is this always going to give the desired image? In short, the answer is probably yes, however, the digital technology takes away personal preference or personal choice. We rely too much on a button to focus the item because the camera instructions say so. If you take away what we each wish to see and depend on pressing an automatic button, this would greatly disadvantage having a choice. Alternatively, it would be far easier and less fuss using digital camera technology being a lot quicker with a reasonable quality picture. Digital camera technology can also develop the pictures within a matter of minutes whereas film cameras took at least a week. When discussing the speed of developing photos, digital camera technology is quicker. Another advantage is, if a shot was taken by mistake, normal film photos could not erase that photo. Any 'bad' shot could be deleted from the digital camera but not from a roll film. Digital cameras are able to be used as a handy video camera and not only be used as a camera. Instead of taking pictures, real time video moments can be taken making the experience even more surreal.
List some of the ways that digital images can be stored transferred and manipulated using other communications technology?
Nowadays, many digital images are stored on the persons desk top computer be it desk top or lap top computers or in programs called 'my computers'. Many images can be transferred by one of two ways. Either, by sending an email attachment of the image or by saving the image on to a Universal Serial Bus (USB flash stick). Photos or almost any picture can be manipulated or changed by using a program called photo shop.
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?
Such ethical misuse of images could be exploiting or marketing the image without the persons consent. Most people do not wish to share personal items or activities which they had just finished and wish for privacy. Yet another ethical rule is a person wish for anonymity. In an opportunity to earn money and prevent others using ideas that are clearly yours, ethical consideration allows people to apply for patent or intellectual property and ownership.
Briefly discuss some of the ways that digital images could, or are, being used in Occupational Therapy practice.
Digital images can be used in O.T. practice today by taking pictures of the client performing certain activities and breaking the photos down to measure technique, posture or fault in limb position to carry out the task. Images could be a means to detect fault and although it is a freeze frame shot, perhaps a better means for Occupational Therapy practice is by recording someones behavior of speech or by using the video function on digital cameras. This could then be viewed and critiqued by both therapist and client.
Provide a brief summary of the services offered by Flickr.com?
This web site allows you to manage any of your online photos and videos. Not only are you able to upload almost any picture or video, it can be set up in such a fashion so that it can be shared by known groups or in privacy so that anyone cannot see your photos without your consent (ethics). You and others may be able to view different locations but in same democratic area as it may not be possible to see all of the area you took pictures of. Others in this same example would be able to share their photos with you allowing a greater perspective of the location you were at. Flickr also allows you to make Sexy cards, photo books, framed prints, Target pick up, DVDs and more importantly, allow you to get updates from family and friends.
Name one other photo storage website which offers a service similar to Flickr.com?
One other photo storage website similar to Flickr is snapfish where most people are able to upload an infinite number of photos identical to Flickr.
Explain what is the difference between digital and an optical zoom?
Optical zoom, like a zoom lens on a film camera changes focal length and magnification as the image is zoomed whereby the quality of the image remains high through out the zoom range. Whereas, digital zoom chops the images into a smaller and enlarged size to fill in the required frame. Unfortunately, image quality is lost and becomes less clear. This can be fixed using almost any image editing program like photo shop.
Explain what is meant by the term mega pixel?
Mega, is a standard unit of measure. A mega pixel is one million of a kilopixel. Another million of a mega pixel is a giga pixel.