Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Tutorial 8

This is the Gooshy step talking sequencer

Tutorial eight

Assistive Technology

What is assistive technology?

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।

Gooshy step talking sequencer - $117.95 US
Size: 10¼” x 7¼” x 3”
Operates on 4 AA batteries

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Description of device
Step Talking Sequencer is the perfect communicator for the non-speaking adult or child. It expresses a series of your pre-recorded messages (300-seconds) when the device is activated. This allows people with even the most limited communication skills to carry on a simple conversation. Ideal for a number of different purposes including sequencing, testing, directions, multiplication, memorization, medical instructions, storytelling and sing-along.
Retrieved on June 10th from

This technology is ideal for
Medical instructions
Storytelling and Sing-along’s

How does your chosen piece of equipment increased functional capacity for the user?
Easy way to capture the user’s attention is working with a switching device for the first time. Its features are easy to use and provide the user with colour, texture, lighting, sound and vibrations to help with different sensory, motor and co-ordination skills. Client can then move onto a more specific switcher that’s at their level to improve

Monday, June 2, 2008

This is amazing, you gotta watch it!!! bufflo survives lion AND croc attack

Tutorial seven

How to put a youtube video onto your blog
1. Get a
free YouTube account (www.youtube.com)
2. Copy the
URL of your YouTube video from the browser address bar
3. Paste the URL into the your blog entry.
Add a “v” after the “http”Example: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byCWOyLov0M
4. Press Submit for Review and you’re done.
This is what it would look like
6. Note: This only works for URLs of YouTube videos.
In more detail................
if you've got your own videos on your computer that you want to share on your blog, Blogger now allows you to
upload video directly! If you'd like to share a video from YouTube, you can do that, too.
Embedding a YouTube Video
To embed a video from YouTube, just copy the code from the "Embed" box on the video's YouTube page. You can find the "Embed" box 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 belongs to your YouTube account.
To embed a YouTube video within a blog post, first click "Edit HTML" from within the post editor. Next, paste the video's code into the body of your post. That's it!
Set Up One-Click Video Sharing
If you post YouTube videos to your blog regularly, sharing directly from YouTube is even easier and you'll only have to set it up once.
1. Click the "Share" button on the YouTube video's page
2. Scroll down and click "Setup your blog for video posting."
3. Click "Add a Blog/Site"
4. Choose "Blogger" as your Blog Service and fill in your Google Account login information.
5. Choose which blogs you'd like to add to your YouTube account. You can choose more than one.
6. From now on, when you click "Share", you'll be given the option to post YouTube videos directly to your blogs!

How to add a Flickr Badge into your Blog
Step 1 - You first need to set up a flickr account. (
Step 2- Log onto your flikr account

Step 3- Upload photos onto your account this is written in blue on the right hand side when you first sign in
Step 4 - Make photos public
Step 5 - Go to tools this is at the bottom of the page
Step 6 Go down to create your own flikr badge, on the right hand side, it says “Display Flickr photos or video on your website” click on the blue, ‘build a badge’
Step 7- Go to choose which layout you want then click down the bottom at ‘chose next content’
Step 8 - Choose all your public photos then go to next colour then at the bottom click ‘next preview and get code’
Step 9- Go to preview and get code it is quite a big code highlight it all by either clicking on it or holding down the mouse and dragging at the same time
Step 10 - Copy the URL code
Step 11- Sign into your Blog, click on view blog
Step 12 - Go to customize at the very top by where you sign out
Step 13- Go to ‘add a page element’
Step 14- Go to HTML/javascript
Step 15- Paste the URL into the content box and name it
Step 16- Save it and go to view blog

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Tutorial One

A definition of Information Technology/Information Communications Technology

IT (information technology) is a term that encompasses all forms of technology used to create, store, exchange, and use information in its various forms (business data, voice conversations, still images, motion pictures, multimedia presentations, and other forms, including those not yet conceived).
Berners-Lee, Tim. "The Founder's Message." 2001. "The Founder's Message." The Examined Life in the Digital Age. Forbes ASAP Big Issues Series. NY: John Wiley and Sons.

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

IT has become a common everyday activity for the majority of people and it is now become an necessity. We use so many different forms of technology even within our own New Zealand homes eg: laptops, computers, cellphones, home phones and internet.

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

Cellphones, digital camera, video camera, computer/laptop, ipod.

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

Computers are a big one, these are used for emailing, looking up unknown knowledge, typing up client or staff forms and applications to other providers or support groups etc. Other technology used are things like cellphones, digital cameras, and pagers.

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

There needs to be consent, it can also be an invasion of privacy and confidentiality। Also if the information ends up in the wrong hands (sent to the wrong person by mistake) this can have some serious implications.

A definition of Computer Ethics

Computer ethics is a branch of practical philosophy which deals with how computing professionals should make decisions regarding professional and social situations.
(Retrieved May 19th, 2008, from

A definition of Intellectual Property

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 May 19th , 2008, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intellectual_property).

A definition of Social Justice

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 May 19th, 2008, from

A definition of Informed Consent

An agreement to do something or to allow something to happen, made with complete knowledge of all relevant facts, such as the risks involved or any available alternatives. For example, a patient may give informed consent to medical treatment only after the healthcare professional has disclosed all possible risks involved in accepting or rejecting the treatment.
Retrieved May 19th, 2008, from http://www.nolo.com/definition.cfm

Why (or why not) a great understanding of ITC and the ethical issues it encompasses will help us in our practice and daily lives.

Technology has become part of our lives, As young children grow they are shown and taught many ways in which to use technology. Although technology is good it also has its bad as well it is import to remember people’s rights and ethical issues that can arise when dealing with patient notes.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Tiki Tanne: New Zealand music

Tutorial four and five

Provide a brief summary of the services offered by U Tube
You tube is a very popular websites and one of the biggest growing websites in the world, it is estimated that the website averages nearly 20 million visitors per month! Youtube is where users can upload, view and share: video content, movie clips, TV clips, music videos and video blogging on pretty much anything you want to show the world, from crazy flat party’s to how to use a sewing machine. You tube great because it’s easy to use and navigate around.

Provide a brief account (1-2 paragraphs) on how the use of planning storyboarding and scripting aided your groups short film.
A story board is a visual aid of the different shots and ideas your film will entail in order. Story boarding helped us when we created our short film to decide what theme we were going to have and what was going to be at the start and end of our film. We set a theme of the graffiti around the student area. Generally when we were out taking photos we went on each other’s ideas rather than referring back to the story board because we all had a very clear idea of the shots we were going to be taking or looking for.