With the fast pace of today’s internet, it is difficult to keep up with all the new changes and technology. Today’s web is so much more then just email and web browsing, we’ve entered into a world known as Web 2.0. The C@P Youth Interns are required to know more and more each summer in order to assist C@P users.
A new technology that has been linked to the internet is the use of GPS‘s, global positioning systems. GPS units come in different styles and have many different uses. They are used both recreational and for industrial purposes. NS C@P interns were introduced to this technology last summer, and it will be something that future interns will need to have some knowledge of.
We wanted to provide some training to C@P Chairs and C@P Site Managers to keep them abreast of some of this new technology that ICCNS is using and what Youth Interns will need to know or learn. ICCNS has taken on 2 winter projects this year, one of them will deliver this training.
Two youths have been hired to provide this training, James Ryan and Angela Wiswell. Both youths work part-time for ICCNS – 20 hours/week.
James hails from Inverness and is a student at NSCC in Port Hastings. James is a Film and Video Technician, he graduated from NSCC with a Screen Arts Degree in June 2003. He is currently working on obtaining an Electricians Certificate to coincide with his Screen Arts Degree and enhance his skills as a film technician.
James has worked as a freelance film technician, specializing in the electrical department on film sets. He has also done some work as a Geophysical Analyst, using advanced GPS technology working as a field surveyor.
James is using his skills to create some video podcasts that will illustrate how to use a GPS and Geocaching. He will also be providing some training sessions on GPS’s, as well as basic Web 2.0 applications. James works out of Port Hood, Scotsville and Inverness C@P Sites.
Angela lives close to MacKinnons Harbour in Victoria County. Angela is the mother of two young children and works part time at the Whycocomagh Coop, as well as part time for ICCNS. She is not a new comer to CAP, having worked as a summer youth coordinator and an administrative support manager for Victoria County C@P. Angela received an Honors Diploma in Administrative Medical Computer from Matech Eduacation. Angela has created tutorials for students as well as CAP employees and helped establish a consistent curriculm of course modules adaptable for outreach clients using assistive technology. She will be using her experience and skills to develope some tutorials on Web 2.0 Applications and providing some hands on training sessions. Angela works out of the Whycocomagh C@P Site.
Angela and Ryan have spent the last month reveiwing material and preparing to provide sites with training sessions. With their different schedules, they have been trying to work together to share knowledge and skills, each having a experience and expertise in different areas. Starting this week, sites will be contacted to start setting up dates for training sessions.