TechDis transformers - tools for changing livesPresentation Transcript
Regional Support CentreSummer Fair 2012 TechDis services old and new, just what can we do for you?
An introduction to ourservices, old and newo Staff development o TechDis Voices o TechDis Tuesdays o Jack & Jess o Xerte Friday o Text-to-speech o Accessible IT Practice o SBRI Support Programme o MyDocStoreo TechDis Toolbox o Navitext o Aimed at learners o uKinect o Working smarter with o PSLT technology
TechDis Tuesdayso Fortnightly updates on Tuesdays, 13.00 o Intro dialogue (~10 minutes) o Detailed discussion with delegates (~20-30 mins) o Show notes to highlight further reading o Podcast, transcript, discussion summary and show notes all posted onlineo www.jisctechdis.ac.uk/tdtuesdays
TechDis Tuesdays –varied topicso Mobile learning for inclusiono Free VI tools – are they worth it?o Accessible docs – why and how?
Xerte Fridayso Last Friday of most months at 13.00 hrs o (Not Jul, Aug and Dec) o 45-60 minutes o Demo of techniques and discussion of their value www.jisctechdis.ac.uk/xertefriday
Xerte FridaysYou follow simultaneously on ‘live’ Xerte objectUse session recording to practice techniques in your own timeAimed at both beginners and those familiar but wanting to update
Accessible IT PracticeSupport programme – why it mattersTechnophobes Technophileso Worry about using IT with o Like playing around with learners. kit and software.o Annoyed by traditional IT o Use tools that are courses with their focus personally interesting to on secretarial skills. them.o Lack the confidence to be o Prefers new and shiny creative with technology. (even if old and dull is effective!)
Accessible IT PracticeSupport – What makes it different?o Teaching and learning focused.o Explicit accessibility/inclusion.o Practical with sample resources.o 90 mins online support.o Built in Moodle access for adding custom links / info.o Built in Xerte access for building skills.o Draws together a wide range of other resources.o Can be used for pick and mix “just in time training” but is also mapped to ITQ standards with advice for internal assessors.
Accessible IT PracticeSupport Programme & ITQo 12 modules focus on effective and inclusive use of IT.o Mapped to the ITQ framework with City & Guilds, so participants can gain qualification.
Accessible IT PracticeSupport Programme - topicso User Fundamentals, o Spreadsheet Software,o Text-to-Speech software, o Presentation Software,o Improving Productivity o Website Software, using IT, o Xerte Software,o Using the Internet, o Ebooks,o Word processing o Web tools. Software,o Using Audio Software, Find out more at www.jisctechdis.ac.uk/itq
BIS Partnershipo Three projects for the benefit of disabled and disadvantaged learners. o TechDis Voices o TechDis Toolbox o Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI)
TechDis VoicesWhat is text-to-speech?
TechDis VoicesWhat’s the big issue? or
TechDis VoicesWhat happened? Open, Voice Jess / competitive artists Jack tender. x12 User feedback
TechDis VoicesWho will benefit?o People who prefer to listen.o People who prefer to multitask.o People with better oral than literacy skills.o People who like making use of dead-time eg travelling, queuing etc.o People who don’t carry around files but do carry around phones. Listen to them.o People with print impairments.o Tutors who want to give more options to learners.
TechDis VoicesHow do I get started?• Make sure you are eligible (post 16 learning provider in England delivering publicly funded courses).• Go to www.jisctechdis.ac.uk/voices• Follow the instructions and links.
TechDis Toolboxo Aimed directly at end users – learners.o a collection of resources which give useful hints and tips on technologies that can help individuals work quicker, slicker and smarter.o.o
TechDis Toolboxo Developed by learners for learnerso Bite-sized videos, short guides, and animationso small bits of just-in- time information that can be easily absorbed
Small Business ResearchInitiative – text projectsMyDocStore – Navitext - System Associates iansyst improved navigation and quick and easy accessibility to books and transfer of files documents for people who are between devices visually impaired, identifies key whilst converting navigation points in a text and them into the user’s provides easy ways of moving preferred format. through it and finding what is needed. Due for completion in January 2013
SBRI - Gesturerecognition projectso uKinect - o Portable Sign Language GameLabUK Translator (PSLT) - Using Microsoft Technabling Kinect technology, The PSLT translates a range of to help users learn sign languages into text. It is and improve their portable, flexible and works with Makaton sign a wide variety of handheld language skills in a camera-enabled devices such fun and engaging as smartphones. way. Due for completion in June 2013
This has been just a small sample of what JISC TechDis has to offer.Visit our main website for more advice on technologies for inclusion. www.jisctechdis.ac.uk