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I am a Zimbabwean who is a permanent resident of New Zealand after coming to New Zealand in July 2007. I am currently (in 2011) studying for the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy degree at Otago Polytechnic (second year), Wintec Avalon Drive Campus in Hamilton, New Zealand.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Tutorial 3: Blog Creation Tasks.

This is the lesson that I learnt all about setting up my blog.

I set up my blog account with Blogger.

I then learnt to use Flikr to import photoes into my blog.

What is Flikr?

"About Flickr

Flickr - almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world - has two main goals:

1. We want to help people make their photos available to the people who matter to them.

Maybe they want to keep a blog of moments captured on their cameraphone, or maybe they want to show off their best pictures or video to the whole world in a bid for web celebrity. Or maybe they want to securely and privately share photos of their kids with their family across the country. Flickr makes all these things possible and more!

To do this, we want to get photos and video into and out of the system in as many ways as we can: from the web, from mobile devices, from the users' home computers and from whatever software they are using to manage their content. And we want to be able to push them out in as many ways as possible: on the Flickr website, in RSS feeds, by email, by posting to outside blogs or ways we haven't thought of yet. What else are we going to use those smart refrigerators for?

Flickr is the WD-40 that makes it easy to get photos or video from one person to another in whatever way they want.

2. We want to enable new ways of organizing photos and video.

Once you make the switch to digital, it is all too easy to get overwhelmed with the sheer number of photos you take or videos you shoot with that itchy trigger finger. Albums, the principal way people go about organizing things today, are great -- until you get to 20 or 30 or 50 of them. They worked in the days of getting rolls of film developed, but the "album" metaphor is in desperate need of a Florida condo and full retirement.

Part of the solution is to make the process of organizing photos or videos collaborative. In Flickr, you can give your friends, family, and other contacts permission to organize your stuff - not just to add comments, but also notes and tags. People like to ooh and ahh, laugh and cry, make wisecracks when sharing photos and videos. Why not give them the ability to do this when they look at them over the internet? And as all this info accretes as metadata, you can find things so much easier later on, since all this info is also searchable.

Flickr continues to evolve in myriad ways, all of which are designed to make it easier and better. Check out the Flickr Blog to stay apprised of the latest developments. The fact that you've read to the end of this entire document and are hanging out at the bottom of this page with nothing but this silly text to keep you company is proof of a deep and abiding interest on your part. What are you waiting for? Sign up now!"

Below, how to use Flikr



Flikr Tutorial. (2011). Retrieved May 11, 2011, from youtu.be/8RqvKXgQc9w

Tutorial 2: Digital Imaging.

List some of the ways that digital images are stored, transferred, and manipulated using information technology.

Hardware: USB (Universal Serial Bus), Computer RAM (Random Access Memory, the computer's memory), Compact Disc (CD), DVDs, Graphic Cards, Hard Drive, Key Board, Mouse, Printer etc.

Software: Auto CAD, MS Word, Video games, world wide web (www) etc.

Provide at least 3 examples of the use of digital imaging to provide information and recording

WEBCAM, Internet sites, Youtube videos, Patient progress photoes, google earth, wises maps, dictaphone, digital recorders, mp3 players etc.

Patient progress photoes: Photographing a patient's progress stages as Intervention plans are monitored to gauge how much progress they are making.

Youtube video: This is now used by other people with more knowledge about particular conditions and/or diseases to pass on their knowledge and experience to those looking for it in far away places. This can also lead to exchange of vital information across the globe, formation of groupings that can have lively discussions on the Internet through comments and responses.

Digital recorders: can be used by Traumatic Brain Injury patients to store instructions for specific processes they might be struggling to remember, or as audio diaries.

"A new technology is rarely superior to an old one in every feature"

New Digital Camera Technology is generally superior to the old because it always brings with it the latest and most advanced photo and video shooting software. A good example is the pixels that enhance picture quality and clarity that are always being increased into exponential mega pixels.

Image storage is also easier with new technology because there are various ways of doing it, e.g. on the camera graphic card, flashcard, CD, DVD etc. One can also easily edit their photos/videos. Printing can be done anywhere. Viewing can be done on the PC or TV screen at home.

Compared to old technology, new technology is more expensive and tends to change very fast making recently acquired gadgets obsolete in a matter of months. Old technology has one of its drawbacks the use of specialised dark rooms to process photos.

Given the prevalence of image capturing and distribution using IT, what ethical issues may arise with their use?

Ownership of photos or videos gets the same respect and treatment as in intellectual property ownership. Informed consent is of paramount importance, otherwise one winds up defending themselves in a court of law after being sued for unauthorised or unethical use of photos and videos.

Briefly discuss some of the ways that digital images could, or, are, being used in occupational therapy practice

Handouts are being designed and produced that have verbal and graphic instructions on how certain techniques should be performed eg standing up after a Total Hip Replacement Operation or proper sitting when driving for energy conservation.

This site would help an OT teach about the rehabilitation of Hip Joint operatees.http://orthopedics.about.com/od/hipkneereplacement/p/hiprehab.htm.

Tutorial 1: Information Technology and Ethical Issues.

Hallo, my name is Godhelp Nyashanu. I am a second year Bachelor of Occupational Therapy student at Otago Polytechnic,  based at the Hamilton Campus.

 The subject 'Participation in Occupation' is teaching me how to practically employ technology (computers and the internet) in the design of Intervention Plans for Occupational Therapy clients. It is a fact of life that computers and the world wide web (www) have taken over all aspects of life in this modern world. OTs have to be technogeeks in order to be effective out there. Some of the clients we will deal with after graduating will be geeks and if one is a Technophobe, one will become dysfunctional as a relevant OT in these times and looking into the future.

All modern (anything after year 2000) occupations in the developed and developing world have one or other link to computers and internet world wide web (www) activities. Whether one is at home watching TV, playing home video games (Nintendo Wi), cooking using a microwave oven, completing school/college/university assignments on a lap/desktop or PC, texting,tweeting,facebooking,driving an automatic, air-conditioned and highly computerized vehicle, one is always using computer technology and the internet.

I will use my blog to look at the way MUSIC plays a part in the occupational needs of various kinds of people across numerous nations and cultures of this world. I will endeavour to look at music as used for therapy (cognitive & motor; as in dance to music), for leisure and for teaching issues about life like its application in educational settings.

This was the introductory  session were I learnt all about setting up a blogg. I actually went on to set up the blogg and called it rototuna.blogspot.com/. In the following two weeks, I then managed to upload and download  a couple of photoes and videos onto my blogg and added musical sites that I am following that have a link to Occupational Therapy.

What is Information Technology/Information Communications Technology?
"Information Technology – A Definition:
We use the term information technology or IT to refer to an entire industry. In actuality, information technology is the use of computers and software to manage information. In some companies, this is referred to as Management Information Services (or MIS) or simply as Information Services (or IS). The information technology department of a large company would be responsible for storing information, protecting information, processing the information, transmitting the information as necessary, and later retrieving information as necessary."

In my own words, I would define Information Technology as the use of electronic gadgets such as computers, ipods, and mobile phones to send, receive and store information.

Below is a video of that also helps explain what Information Technology is all about.


Below is a video that shows how prevalent IT is in our society today, starting with the clock radio that wakes all of us up everyday.


The hardware/software products I feel comfortable using are mobile phones, laptop/PC, Digital Cameras, audio and visual recorders and various household appliances/products. All my limitations for using other products are the result of lack of knowledge, skill, opportunity and experience in using the other numerous IT products such as i-pods/pads.

IT has become very useful in OT practice in various forms such as when recommendations are made for deserving clients to be issued and use electric/electronic/computerised 'Assisstive Devices' such as wheelchairs, read/write/audio powered PCs/Laptops for survival, learning, and leisure.

Issues that exist around OTs adoption of IT systems and tools are those of the knowledge and skills needed to use whatever technology one has decided to use. The OT has to learn so they can teach the client, meaning that the OT will always be learning as technology is always developing into newer, better, faster and more efficient versions.

Below, an Occupational Therapist using advanced adapted IT equipment with a client.


"What is Intellectual Property?

Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind: inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce.

IP is divided into two categories: Industrial property, which includes inventions (patents), trademarks, industrial designs, and geographic indications of source; and Copyright, which includes literary and artistic works such as novels, poems and plays, films, musical works, artistic works such as drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures, and architectural designs. Rights related to copyright include those of performing artists in their performances, producers of phonograms in their recordings, and those of broadcasters in their radio and television programs. For an introduction to IP for non-specialists, refer to:" (http://www.wipo.int/about-ip/en/) retrieved 2 April 2011.

Social Justice is concerned with equal justice in all aspects of society, demanding that all people have equal rights and opportunities on an equal playing field. "All social values - liberty and opportunity, income and wealth, and the bases of self - respect are to be distributed equally unless an unequal distribution of any, or all, of these values is to everyone's advantage" Rawls,J. (1973). A theory of justice. Oxford: Oxford university press.

"Informed consent is a concept in the medical community which supports the idea that patients should be fully informed at all stages of medical treatment and medical trials" (http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-informed-consent.htm) retrieved 2 April 2011. To me, it is agreeing verbally or otherwise to procedures and processes to be performed on your body with all relevant information supplied to inform this decision. An example of 'Informed Consent' would be when OTs ask clients if they are okay with having students around observing their sessions for educational purpoese.


Everyday technology .(2011). Retrieved May 11, 2011,from youtu.be/KjonO2cDyrM

Information Technology-Definition and History.(2011). Retrieved May 11, 2011,from http://jobsearchtech.about.com/od/careersintechnology/p/ITDefinition.htm

Information Technology Industry. (2011). Retrieved May 11, 2011,from youtu.be/YgWnhS5WyfM

Occupational Therapists using technology .(2011). Retrieved May 11, 2011,from youtu.be/A4Bf9Sv8JdE