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I am an Australian occupational therapist, educator and researcher. I have worked as an OT in mental health, vocational rehabilitation and a private surgical hospital. I am passionate using online technology to enhance the knowledge and growth of the occupational therapy profession. In my PhD research I am looking at the role of online technologies in information management and knowledge transfer in occupational therapy. Views expressed and stories shared on this blog are my opinion and do not represent views of my employer or professional registration body.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

What's next on the web

Web Technology Trends for 2008 and Beyond, May 2008 Update

From: ricmac,
6 months ago

An overview of emerging web technology trends, as covered on top tech blog ReadWriteWeb; such as Websites becoming web services, Semantic Apps, Open Data, Mobile Web, Recommendation Engines. This presentation was given by ReadWriteWeb Founder and Editor Richard MacManus at XMediaLab, Wellington, May 2008.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Want a laugh?

This awesome animation by Alan Becker has us enthralled! It's not just clever computer animation but an incisive depiction of frustration by the "victim".

Click here to go to the link: sit back and watch.

Thanks for sharing this Trish :-)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Shazam! A Projector Is Shrunk

Thanks Susan Burwash for this link...
The New York Times
Published: November 5, 2008

Optoma Pico really shines.

The Walkman put a stereo system in your pocket and changed the game forever. A modern digital watch has the computing power of a roomful of 1950s computer gear. And people are watching TV shows these days on iPods about the size of a business card.

Enormous feats of shrinkage like that don’t come along very often, though. So when they do, you sit up and take notice — as you will the first time you see the Optoma Pico Projector ($430 list price). It’s a long-awaited, much-rumored projector about the size of a cellphone: 2 by 4.1 by 0.7 inches, weighing 4.2 ounces.

A pocket projector? Are you kidding? This isn’t just a new product — it’s a whole new product category. To read the whole article click on this link

Monday, November 3, 2008

Wikiflash is happening

For those of you who love all things web2.0 and want OT to really get a move on in this area, then wikiflash needs you! Go to the wikipedia occupational therapy article then sign in and become a contributor. The University of Salford is taking the lead here, and they need players! Once you've made a contribution go to OT Wikiflash to enroll and get credit for your contribution! It's so easy.

Get going Web 2.0 OTs!!! (Webtwoots)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Disability is Natural Website

While preparing for a course with first year OT students I "Googled" the term "people first language". I stumbled across Kathy Snow's website called Disability is Natural and read her downloadable document about people first language.

I asked for Kathy's permission to use this in teaching and she was happy to help me spread this information to help inform future health care practitioners that person first language is NOT about political correctness, but about respect and dignity.

Another downloadable document puts forward Kathy's case against the term "Special Needs". This is also very clearly written.

This is yet another example of the power of the internet as a tool for education.

My slideshare uploads