Smart Solutions that Leverage Technology
Below are two solutions in which technology can be a communication tool to give people a voice in the Internetcentric world we currently live.
A Smart Solution . . . TechHeroes
Bridging the digital divide through compassion, innovation and inspiration.
Using technology and the valuable asset of youth to support elders in accessing information and increase their connection to the world.
I love to work with people to help them realize their goals and potentials by leveraging technology solutions. The TechHeroes program provides the opportunity to collaborate with a variety of partners, clients and institutions to create an effective program that improves the standard of living through supported Internet connectivity, community, communication and learning.
Why work with Seniors in residential care homes? Good question. . . Here is my reason. When I was 8 years old my mother had a brain aneurysm and as a result had life saving brain surgery but was left blind. She was required to live in a residential care facility (nursing home) for 6 months to recover and that is where I met the the other residence who were starved for attention and connection, the forgotten.
Creating solutions and access for seniors has been the most rewarding, they are the most grateful and eager students when properly supported in their technology experience.
The TechHeroes program is a culmination my experiences both personal and professional, wrapped with a passion to create effective lasting change in society. In early 2009 I met Dr. Zimbardo and created an information network that served as a repository, resource and communication tool for the development of the Heroic Imagination Project. I shared my idea with Dr. Zimbardo and he encouraged me to write a grant proposal that was awarded funding for the pilot program.
Bridging the Digital Divide for Seniors
Working with partners in technology, education and senior services we create solutions for seniors. Bridging the digital divide through innovative access and accessibility driven initiatives and projects. The Sunrise Senior Center in Palo Alto is a pilot program which has and will continue to provide valuable data and discoveries. My goal will be to work with strategic partners to create technology access solutions for seniors in residential care facilities.
I would like to work with local government to review existing laws, to ensure the right of seniors to information access via the Internet. The beauty of a supported technology program are the results; people get connected and see technology and the Internet as a tool for knowledge, communication and entertainment. Through creative universal design and accessibility solutions as well as the key component ,human support, I envision seniors getting plugged back into society.
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A Smart Solution . . . Online Student Portfolios
Provide students with the board understanding of Information Literacy and empower them to create and maintain an online portfolio of their work.
Every student in my Computer Literacy class will have superior examples of student work integrated into an online portfolio to be used and developed throughout their educational experience.
Providing students and individuals with the knowledge and tools to publish their work, ideas and thoughts online. Online Teaching and Learning is my degree area and I love the flexiblity that the hybrid and other models offer. Showcasing student work in an online portfolio that the student controls and manages and updates.
Why Hartnell College
I had taught the same class CSS43 Computer Literacy, 15 years ago in the same classroom at Hartnell College. I now could be in that same classroom and deliver content and curriculum rich with life experience. I had stated in my interview for the Instructional Technology position that I wanted students to leave Harnell with a portfolio of their work and course milestones.
CSS43 Online Student Portfolios
The students in the CSS43 class were required to blog the lessons and outcomes of the class as well and integrate the major projects into a portfolio website.