Published on September 26, 2007
Tools of Our Trade A Smith and Jones Case Study Milang Old School House Community Centre
Milang • 80kms from Adelaide • On the banks of Lake Alexandrina • Population approx. 450 • Our issues: • transport, water, bandwidth ...
Centre Programs • Adult Community Education: IT Courses • Keep Fit • Women’s and Men’s Groups • and much more ... (see our • brochure online!) • Home and Community Care: • In home support: gardening & home maintenance, cleaning services, social support • Meals on wheels ... and much more!
What the Centre Does • Develops potential - builds on existing skills and develops new ones. • Increases conﬁdence and self esteem • Increased conﬁdence to make plans and choices for the future. • New partnerships and building of links
What the Centre Does • Inspiration from social interaction with others • Increased involvement in social and voluntary activities • Creates a sense of accomplishment & learning • New partnerships and building of links
Example #1 Ofﬁce Operation: • In The Centre • Windows XP/Vista, Mac OS X • MS Ofﬁce (2007 thanks to DonorTec!) • Wireless Network (shared admin ﬁles for Co- ordinator and Staff, shared dial-up for all!) • Shared Google Calendar for Staff + shared transport calendars over transport network.
Outcomes • Partnerships • Communication • Sharing resources • Make best use of limited space - i.e. wireless enabled laptops.
Considerations ... • Some volunteers/staff may be uncomfortable with technology. • Solution, the latest in web 0.0 technology: The Whiteboard • Also printed monthly calendars. • Don’t ask us about the new phones!! • Vistaphobia
Boldly Going ...
Example #2 The CD’s • Asked by staff to copy a set of meditation CDs • What do we do ... choose your own adventure ... • Do we: • a) Say yes, burn it and forget it ... • b) Say no, can’t do anything sorry • c) Say no, but what we could do is ...
Example #3 Publishing “Lakeliner’s” The Milang Writer’s Group Anthology • OpenOfﬁce.org • Google Docs and Spreadsheets (AKA Writely) • Microsoft Word 2007 • Windows Meeting Space • and a whole lot o’ love
Example #4 stoptheweir.com • Website to support the campaign • Forums for discussion of issues • Communication of information • set up events/meetings • Mobilise for the city march
Example #4 stoptheweir.com www.stoptheweir.com
Digital Storytelling • Using the computer as a tool for empowerment • Microsoft’s Photostory 3, a free download for Windows XP • Also used for Employment Portfolio’s
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