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November 11, 2013 / marcelij

Learning about accessibility

During this course, I became aware of how people with disabilities could  use the Internet to get information and to learn. For disabled people to access internet, the inclusion of accessibility concepts are needed when designing platforms.

For people with severe visual impairment,  the use of screen reader software is facilitated if the document is properly structured. In order to do so all of the following elements: heading, sub heading, paragraph, image…etc must be marked regardless of text formatting. In addition, moving from link to link is made easier by using an explicit label that indicates the content. Furthermore, all visual elements must be accompanied by an alternative text that describes the information within.Finally, automatic audio must be avoided because it could interfere with the screenreader’s speech. For those with hearing impairment, the requirements are different. Videos must be accompanied with captions for the audio or a transcript.There is also an issue for those with motor disabilities to use sofware with mouse driven command. The sofware should be compatible with a keyboard equivalent.

The education.ie Website is a good example of a platform that provides alternative options for individuals with disabilities.First of all, there is a description of the website in the web address bar. Secondly, there are different text options available, such as larger text size or inversion of colour. The latter is known to be effective for people with dyslexia in particular. However, the website lacks alternative texts for images which is crucial for people using screen reader software.

October 17, 2013 / marcelij

About the Iphone application Dictaphone

Hi, today I would like to share my experience with the application  Dictaphone for iphone (IOS7). But before you read this, I would like you to test it first. My first impression was positive as the app looks very simple and easy to use. With very few features, consisting of one red button, a top message (record), a time graph with a voice signal and the word «Done»  at the bottom left hand side. All of this appears to give a very good idea of how to use this application.

Dictaphone app on Iphone 4 screen

The design, a problem of consistency and visibility?

In order to record a message, you need to press the red button that turns from round to square which in this case means a pause. This is inconsistent with the usual audio buttons as you expect a distinctive pause and stop button. Furthermore, as you progress to save your message you need to click on «Done» but nothing is inviting you to do so. This mix of graphic symbols and text is confusing and in my view, it would have been more visible to have a button «Done». As a consequence of this extreme simplification I didn’t find it intuitive at all to use as I  wiped the screen to see if I could find the button Play or Save.

Is it easy practical to use it?

This app was made easy to use but it runs in a way, that you have to go till the end of the process to listen to your message! And if you use already a dictaphone, it does not  add a plus to the «old» one as you are not offer the possibility to record a message when the phone is locked.

October 8, 2013 / marcelij

My favorite blogs

These are four blogs that I enjoy following:

Lisa Nielsen’s blog is rich with information and it helps to keep my mind open.

Harry G.Tuttle ‘s blog is full of practical ideas that can be easily used in class.

For keeping an eye on a broader view of education, I really enjoy The Guardian blog.

And finally, Richard Millwood’s blog helps to connect theories and practices in technology and learning.

October 5, 2013 / marcelij

Welcome

Today, I am starting my new blog dedicated to promoting an innovative and a creative learning environment. As part of my Masters in Technology and Learning in TCD,  I am going to make this blog active.

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