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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.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

IBM: Safe social networking options in healthcare settings

It has been my contention for a long time now that health care practitioners need to get online to network and share knowledge to develop health care practice. Of course one of the biggest barriers is having a safe and reliable system to use!
This link is to an IBM website that details their social software solutions for healthcare professionals. I am not endorsing it as I haven't tried it, I am highlighting the fact that the IT industry has heard our pleas and now we need management of health care networks to say "we support professional development using online technologies... At work.... On work time!"

The Freedom Leg

I love this leg brace! It takes away the need for crutches. What a really neat AT device :-)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Jeff Han demos his breakthrough touchscreen

In 2006 this touch screen was revolutionary. Now we use iPhone screens and iPad screens using this technology (not quite all yet...) and we accept it, love it and expect it! It's a great reminder of how fast technology changes and how quickly we adapt to it.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world

In this presentation Jane McGonical talks about her mission to create games that teach kids of today to be real problem solvers for the problems of today and tomorrow. She has convinced me (an avid NON-GAMER) that there is a really valid reason to use gaming technology for change! Kudos to this woman!

Sugata Mitra shows how kids teach themselves

In this talk Sugata Mitra demonstrates that children have the capacity to teach themselves how to use computers, in even the most rural and disadvantaged towns in India. One of the key points he makes in this presentation is that children are naturally motivated to learn. So imagine if these kids had better teachers, better resources and a place to put this learning into practice...!

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