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2009 ICT Summit

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Building Partnerships to Identify Community Strengths

The theme of the 2009 ICT Summit was collaboration, which is defined as working together in partnership. The spirit of this theme was most definitely felt in every aspect of the conference, from the planning process to the sponsorship of the conference, and in the work shops which were held there. Many people with a variety of skills and abilities, from a diverse group of organizations came together to make this conference happen. This conference was an exceptional example of how communities with a heavily diverse group of individuals can come together to make something great happen. The communities just need to know what they have, and what they need. This can be done by performing a community skills assessment to discover what the community’s strengths and weaknesses are. Far too often when processes such as these are done the focus is purely on what the community needs and what the community already has is overlooked. The under utilization of the community’s skills can often cost much more time and much more money than is actually required. This makes it very eminent that the communities pool together the skills that they do have so that they can become self sufficient. Then after the community has discovered what its members are capable of, they can start to look at what they need, and train community members to fill those needs. In the end this process will save the community time and money, and will also bring economic sustainability as the funds used will stay within, and help support the community.

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February 27, 2009 Posted by | 2009 ICT Summit, Media Events | Leave a comment

Telecentre.org

Telecentre.org
Silvia Caicedo
Aminata Maiga Fofana
Fernando Portella Rosa

Telecentre is widely known, their challenges are: locally relevant contents and services, learning opportunities, networking capacity, and research to improve their practises. A telecentre is where people get together and do things that are relevant to their lives. “Learning never stops.” Services provided in telecentres are; ICT training, internet access, digital photo, VHS to cd or DVD, design and print, content dissemination, digital libraries, digital games. It also provides assessment of telecentres, training, mentoring, distribution list and websites, online help desk. Telecentre management course, the mission is support development and sustainability. The course has 5 modules, it is 150 hours, the point is to help telecentre operators accomplish their mission. “ 1 person or 1 organization will not do the job, the ICT summit is about COLLABORATION.”
Fernando Portella Rosa

February 27, 2009 Posted by | 2009 ICT Summit, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Roslyn Chambers

Roslyn Chambers
Records Manager

Roslyn is a very achieved woman. She has her CRM, CDIA, BSc, and BAdm. She is an award winning certified records manager and has 20 years experience in the records and information management field. She has experience in all types of organizational data. Roslyn was a very bubbly person and was fun to listen to because she was so happy and explained things in such detail that it’s hard to sum it all up into a blog. The objectives; availability of information/quick retrieval, protection and preservation, meeting legal requirements, control, and cost effectiveness. She explained the rule of thumb 1/3, 1/3, 1/3. 1/3-destroyed,1/3-historical,1/3-review of all documents and files. There is different ways for records management, there is codes used like numeric, paper, microfilm, and electronic I.T IS IMPORTANT, you have to have computer literacy. I didn’t know how important management was for filing until I went to her workshop, I thought that people just did it their own way, but to be fully educated in records management is very useful and makes things 100 times easier, knowing what to discard and what is important. I wouldn’t be able to pick a favourite workshop that I went to. All of them were happy environments and nothing was hard to understand.

Roslyn Chambers

February 27, 2009 Posted by | 2009 ICT Summit, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Neskie Manuel

Neskie Manuel

Neskie is a physics student at Thompson Rivers University. Neskie works with GNU/Linux and other open source projects. Through this, he is learning Secwepemctsin, by starting to translate computer applications into his language, unfortunately this is only in his spare time, although he wishes to work on it a lot more in the future. He has twenty years experience with computers and learned to type on a game called King’s Quest. He knows many different languages such as; English, French, Japanese, Math, and a few others. He was self taught on what he’s working on now last year USING GOOGLE! Haha. Neskie enjoys biking, juggling, school. He uses Ubuntu, there is 80 languages available on there, very interesting, Neskie’s language that he works on is Secwepemec. There is 33 latin character accents and 6 acute accents. On the website there is an educational paint program for kids, kids word game, and more. After watching both of Marisa and Neskie’s workshops, I realize that it doesn’t have to be hard to rekindle our languages, it just takes energy, desire, and a little bit of hard work.

Neskie Manuel

February 27, 2009 Posted by | 2009 ICT Summit, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

First Voices

First Voices
Marisa Philips

Marisa is a very inspirational young woman; she is 20 years old from the East Kootenays. She has worked on many different projects through the past two years on language preservation and technology. I really enjoyed her workshop. First Voices is where people can go on the internet and learn native languages, Marisa’s language is Ktunaxa. On the website there is 2487 number of words and 850 phrases. You can listen to clips of elders saying the words and phrases; you can also play a game, view community slide show, or visit the art gallery. Marisa’s key issue is getting youth involved, she wants to do animation for kids to download. She told us a story of how her nephew knows some words of her language that they have taught him, and one day he was stuck and yelled “ayuda” which means help in Spanish, from watching Dora the explorer! If there was something like Dora with native language that was fun for them but also educational and involved a lot of the native language I think it could really help those being lost, especially at such a young age. Marisa is also a new mom, so it makes her appreciate ideas like this much more.

Marisa Philips

http://www.firstvoices.com/

February 27, 2009 Posted by | 2009 ICT Summit | Leave a comment

MAKING THE RIHGT CHOICE NO MATTER WHAT!!!!

Children and Youth have a chance in this world

Children and Youth have a chance in this world

Live each day with a goal in mind and follow the path of success. Dream big and make way for your future. Believein yourself each day that you are great and that you value  your future.

In the Life we all share is a place for each of us to make choices that create a path for our future. If we take a look at our lives, there will be places that we can make a choice to better our future.

 

Children are our future. There is no doubt about that. Teaching them life skills can begin as early as when a child is six months old. At a tender age, a child can be taught to make choices. Parents can teach them to make positive choices as they progress in their learning skills.

February 27, 2009 Posted by | Carmelita Abraham - From the Heart | Leave a comment

Never get lost again!

Navigation on SmartphoneYou have heard about them being offered as options in your car, that’s right navigation systems.  Now I like the thought of getting maps and turn by turn directions, its cool right.  What if you don’t have a car can you still get this option on the go, of course you can.  Smart phones are getting to be an everyday item which has many of options.  These small multipurpose gadgets having gps navigation is amazing!  You can see just the map of where you are or just like the car navigation it also gives turn by turn directions, so you know exactly where to go.  Smart phones also give you the weather and traffic alerts.  All major carriers and smart phones have these capabilities of the GPS navigation.  So, if you have a smart phone or are thinking of getting a smart I suggest you check out all the options they have, such as; navigation, facebook, msn messenger.  You want to know what they can do, so you’re not stuck with a phone that has all the options you don’t need.        

February 26, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Computer Scientists

Computer Scientists and database administrators can work as theorists, researchers, or inventors. This is determined by their level of theoretical expertise, and their ability to create or apply to new technology. Computer scientists and database administrators usually work in offices or laboratories and about 40 hours a week, although evening and weekend work may be needed for deadlines. Computer scientists and database administrators held about 542,000 jobs in May 2006 and about 58,000 were self-employed,these jobs consisted of detailed occupations such as,network systems and data communications analysts-262,000,computer specialists,all other-136,000,database administrators-119,000,computer and information scientists,research-25,000. For technically complex jobs people who have a graduate degree are preferred, most computer scientists positions require a Ph.D degree. Having a bachelor or master’s degree makes them very limited for advancing in their position. Any job in technology is very important, technology is the present and the future!

February 24, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Technology

Netbooks

The latest craze in the portable computing industry is the Netbook. Netbooks are a smaller class of laptops that are designed to handle basic computer applications such as web browsing, word processing, Skypeing, and some simple multi-media tasks (e.g. listening to music, viewing photos, watching videos.)

Netbooks come in a small package with sizes starting around 8.9 inches going up to 12 inches and usually weigh between 2 and 3 pounds. Netbooks use the Intel Atom processors which come in 1.6 GHz (N270) and recently a 1.66 GHz (N280) speeds, these processors are small in size which allow the netbooks to come in such small cases. As for storage netbooks typically use Solid state drives which are usually smaller in capacity, but quicker in read and write speeds than standard Hard Disk Drives, which can be used in netbooks if you want more storage. The other option for expanding a netbooks storage is by using a USB Drive or an SD card. One thing you will notice missing from the netbooks design is an optical disc drive, this is mainly to keep the size of the device as small as possible. Typically netbooks RAM Memory is 1GB but, depending on the manufacturer, they can come with more or in some cases less. Now as far as an operating system for netbooks, most use a Linux based operating system to keep the price minimal, but some netbooks use Windows XP. Netbooks also come with a variety of expansion options, such as card readers and multiple USB ports. Other features that are common on netbooks are things like built in Eee PC Courtesy Asuswebcams, and built in WI-FI. A cool feature on Asus netbooks is the option of using the Express Gate or Splashtop Operating system which allows you to boot up your netbook in as little as 5 seconds and have access to all your media files and web based utilities. As well netbooks have outstanding battery life which can be anywhere between 3-6 hours depending on the number of cells in the battery.

Now why are these mini notebooks so popular? Well there are many factors that contribute to this. First being the ultra low price point, with some netbooks staring as low as $249, this makes them affordable for just about anyone. The second reason they are flying off the shelves is their portability, these computers won’t really be much of a hassle to take with you anywhere you go because of their miniature size. Another advantage is the “green” factor, with really long battery lives, and processors that doesn’t require much power it is very easy to conserve energy.

The computing industry has caught on to this trend and a multitude of manufacturers are now developing smaller, more powerful technology that can be used in netbooks and I’m positive that these little machines will only get better, and also a lot more popular as more features become available. That’s all I have for this week, check again next week for more in Technology news.


February 23, 2009 Posted by | Earl Tatoosh - New Technology | Leave a comment

Want Constant Updates on New Technology?

Have you ever wondered if there was a site that kept you updated in the technology world? Well, I’ve got news for you! There is in fact a site that will keep you updated with what’s going on in the world of technology; it’s called techlivez.com!

Techlivez.com has a large array of topics you can indulge yourself in; example, Technology, Gadgets, Gaming and Mobiles. I like to look through techlivez.com just to see and read about on the new trends or competition gadgets between companies, it’s always interesting to see what each other has to provide, techlivez.com gives you articles on each and every gadget introduced on the site along with photos.

It was just recently that I discovered techlivez.com; so far I’ve found this site to be pretty informative on some of the hottest gadgets hitting the market! A few of these gadgets were purchased previously for the High School I attended.

Techlives.com will continue introducing you, the consumer, to new and advanced technology and gadgets. If something new comes out, they introduce it!

February 19, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment