Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Tutorial 3: Blog Creation Tasks

In this weeks tutorial we were set four tasks

Task one:
To create Blog (including setting up a Google account) and Flickr accounts.

Task two included:
  • Choosing a Blog template
  • Providing a Blog title
  • Providing a Blog outline
  • Completing a Blog profile (including uploading a photo of ourselves or one that represents us.
Task three included starting to post content which were to be taken from the technical descriptions one (information technology and ethical issues) and two (Digital Imaging).
Task four included uploading photos taken from tutorial 2 onto our flickr accounts.

Tutorial 2: Digital Imaging

The purpose of this blog is to explain some of the things that are used along side digital imagery, exlore the positive and negatives between digital cameras and traditional film based cameras. I will also address the ethical issues that may arise with the use of digital capturing and the distribution using IT, and discuss some of the ways digital images could be used in Occupational Therapy practice.

List some if the ways that digital images are stored transferred and manipulated using IT 

  • USB flash drives
  • Compact disk (CD)
  • Digital vesitile disk (DVD)
  • Hard drive
  • Microphone
  • Printer
  • Mouse
  • Keyboard
  • Graphics card
  • Video games
  • Word processors (exel, microsoft word etc)
  • Photoshops
  • Internet explorer
  • Virus protections e.g Firewalls
Examples of the use of digital imaging that provide information and recording include use of webcams, video cameras, digital cameras. Webcams can be used to produce live recordings via the internet which can be viewed by others on the internet on programmes such as skype, and can be used to capture pictures whilst sitting at a computer, and for quick uploads. Digital cameras produce digital images of scenes that are located anywhere and uploaded to a computer at a later date, most digital cameras also produce videos if put on to the movie setting but are there for mainly short snipits of video. Video cameras capture any length of film and are a better quality than a digital camera. The footage is then later uploaded to a computer to be edited and uploaded elsewhere.

Pluses and minuses of digital camera technology in relation to traditional film based cameras:
Pluses: - Photos can be previewed and deleated it the camera
- Only required photos can be uploaded to another device such as computers
- With photoshops, photos can be edited with texts and looks (e.g black and white, sepia)

Ethical issues that may arise with the use of image capturing and distribution using IT can include privacy, for example posting a specific photo of a person / people on the internet with no informed consent. Photos on certain sites could be taken by an unknown person and could possibly later be passed off as their own.

Some of the ways occupational therapists could use digital images in OT practice include;
  • The use of documentation to monitor a clients progress ( used in physical tasks)
  • Evidence

Monday, 21 March 2011

Tutorial 1: Information Technology and Ethical Issues

The focus of this first posting is to define and explain terms including Information Technology, Information Communications Technology, Intellectual property, social justice and informed consent, and to explain the use, problems and benifits of technology in Occupational Therapy.

Information Technology (IT) is the use of computers, telecommunications etc to store, retrieve and send information. Information communications technology is often used to refer to the merging of audio-visual and telephone networks with computer networks through a single cabling or link system. I feel quite comfortable using most systems of IT including cameras, computers, mobile phones etc.

How is IT being used in Occupational Therapy practice? Technology offers occupational therapists new types of handiwork and enabling devices, which are being drawn from a virtual evvironment. accordingly, Occupational therapists need to acknowledge the opportunities afforded by modern developments, and occupational therapy departments should reflect these changes and consider exchanging therapeutic cones for computers and video game consoles (Verdonck et al 2007) IT and ITC is becoming meaningful everyday occupations, for almost everyone including Occupational Therapy clients, therefore they are potential therapy tools. They can be used in many ways such as to improve a clients funtional independence and as a therapeutic tool in many environments.

Some of the ethical implications that may arise from IT devices may include
  • Social Justice which refers to an ideal of society where 'justice' refers to economic status rather than to administration of rules.
  • Informed consent which is a legal condition whereby a person can be said to have given consent based upon an appreciation and understanding of facts.
These may arise in OT practice when capturing images, sharing and transferring information, which all relate to confidentallity.


Information and communications technology. (2011, March). Retrieved March, 2011, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information_and_communication_Technologies

Verdonck, M. C., & Ryan, S. (2008, June). Mainstream Technology as an Occupational Therapy Tool: Technophobe or Technogeek? British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71(6), 253-256.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Tutorial 4: Video production Sessions

We were set the task in groups to plan and make a 30 second film and edit it using windows live movie maker.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011