Human Services Technology by Dick Schoech, Published by Haworth Press

Chapter 1: Personal Views of Information Technology

Web sites Additional review & discussion questions Exercises Additional readings

Web Sites relevant to sections of this chapter 

(also see Ch 5 & Ch 13)

Site Relevance

Section 1:  IT as seen by a person with a disability 

http://www.trace.wisc.edu/tcel/ Co-Net, products, services, people, & documents
http://www.fontys.nl/impact/ IMPACT:  educational materials on assistive technology 

Section 2: IT as seen by an executive secretary in a mental health association

no links available for secretarial applications  

Section 3: IT as seen by a clinician in a community mental health center

http://netpsych.com/ NetPsych.  Explore the online delivery of mental health services

Section 4: IT as seen by the director of information management at a local  state department office

http://www.not-for-profit.org/ Nonprofit Resource Center

Section 5: IT as seen by the executive director of a multiprogram home health agency

http://www.benton.org/Practice/Toolkit/ Tools to help nonprofits make effective use of IT

Section 6:  IT as seen by a United Way committee member

http://www.airs.org/ Alliance of Information and Referral Systems
http://www.cirs.org/ Arizona Information and Referral service

Additional Review and Discussion Questions

None


Exercises

Exercise 3:  Internet scavenger hunt

Logon to the Internet.  Find the following items and record the Web address where each is found.  Email your results to your instructor.  The first and second persons completing the assignment correctly win a prize.

1.       A site for helping determine child development norms

2.       A site where you can take a psychological test

3.       A site where you can become more connected to your community

4.       A site where you can join a protest

5.       A site where you can learn how to manage a human service agency

6.       A site where you can join a client self help group

7.       A site where you can find human services resources in your city

Exercise 2: Visit a local technology store

    Visit a local computer store and browse.  If approached by a salesperson, indicate you are curious about IT and want to see whether a computer could be helpful in your professional work. Record your impression of the store and its personnel: were they informative, what kind of biases did they have, would you buy an IT system from this store? Examine the books and magazines the store has available. Be prepared to discuss your visit in class.

Exercise 3: Visit an IT application

Do one of the following options. This can be a group or individual exercise.

    Option 1: Visit an individual who uses assistive technology  to help overcome a disability. Record the pieces of equipment being used (computer, printer, voice-activated devices, networking equipment, etc.). Make notes and discuss how the equipment helps the individual.

    Option 2: Visit an small agency which uses its own computer. Record the pieces of equipment being used (computer, printer, terminals, networking, etc.). Determine the users of the system. Make notes and discuss how the technology supports users throughout the agency.

    Option 3: Visit the computer center of a large agency.  Record the pieces of equipment being used (computer, disk drives, tape drives, printers, terminals, communications devices, etc.). Determine the users of the system. Make notes and discuss how the technology supports users throughout the organization.

Additional Reading


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