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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Learning Matters; 1 edition (18 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857256777
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857256775
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 1 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 734,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sue Watling has 20 years experience of supporting access to digital environments in a range of areas, including Adult and Community Education and Social Services. For the past decade she has worked within higher education and watched with interest the increasing incursion of the Internet and digitisation of learning resources. Currently located in the University of Lincoln’s Centre for Educational Research and Development, she supports the institutional development of inclusive digital content with a particular interest in raising staff and student awareness of digital divides.

Jim Rogers is currently a senior lecturer at the University of Lincoln in the Hull School of Social Work. He teaches on a range of modules on both undergraduate and post qualifying social programmes. He has been responsible for several years for co-ordinating the first year of the BSc Social work programme and has also developed several new programmes of study including a Certificate in the Mental Health and Well Being of Older People and a Best Interests Assessor Programme at PQ level. Jim's research interests are in the fields of mental health and also in complementary therapies.

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Once I started reading this book I realised how much I didn't know about digital technology and its potential use in social work. The book covers a wide range of topics from the digital divide (how people can be marginalised when excluded from technology) through to ideas for helping people to use IT. The section on `digital footprints' really made me think about the trails we leave every time we use the internet - and who else is able to follow these markers. Net etiquette is covered well and the book made me think about how using social network sites may unwittingly offer a large amount of personal information to other people - service-users for instance, and all the ethics and boundaries associated with this.

There are some very good suggestions for assistive technologies (such as digital equipment which can support people in their own home) and websites which could be really useful when working with service-users. Digital tools for learning are also covered well with a detailed description of the minimum standards of IT knowledge required for successfully completing the social work degree (including the QAA benchmarks and the new Professional Capabilities Framework).

I found the book stimulating and thought provoking and would say definitely read it before going out on placement. At the least it will stop you from embarrassing yourself in front of service-users and it will also arm you with up-to-date techniques of supporting people with information technology.
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