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Tap Tap See provides new approach in RNIB Cymru training

From Mark Smith, Digital Content Development Officer, Digital Communities Wales

I recently attended a short training session that was run by my colleague Hannah, one of the Digital Communities Wales Digital Inclusion Practitioner Trainers.

Hannah was delivering a session at the HQ of RNIB Cymru, in Cardiff. In the time that I was there, the group looked at why digital inclusion was important, the benefits of and barriers to digital inclusion and how digital inclusion has changed.

The attendees were staff and volunteers of RNIB Cymru and other organisations that have working links with the organisation. In terms of the importance of digital inclusion, points were made around making digital technology relevant to people’s personal and professional interests. For example, why many people are being encouraged to go online due to Universal Credit and Universal Jobmatch, some are more likely to begin their online journey by learning something that can enhance existing interests. For those attending the session, this was an important issue to explore as they will be helping others to get online.

The group talked about what interested them online, in terms of their favourite websites, with choices ranging from YouTube to Amazon, news sites to those offering cookery tips. Everyone agreed that the context in which someone needs to get online is important.

Hannah took the group through an exercise on QR codes, and how they can make it easier to find a lot of information quickly. This was highlighted as having accessibility benefits. Then, to show one fun way of getting people online, the group was told about Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon! (I haven’t managed more than two!)

Some members of the group had visual impairments and all would work with blind and visually impaired people, so accessibility was high on the agenda

In this relaxed session, Hannah was keen to take the group through as many examples of sites and online tools, which the attendees could use with clients, as possible. Gmail and the applications you get with a Google account were next. Some members of the group had visual impairments and all would work with blind and visually impaired people, so accessibility was high on the agenda. The last exercise I was present for centred on the Tap Tap See app, which enables people to be told what items are in front of them by simply following the app’s instructions. The image is sent off and, a short time later, a voice activated message returns, describing the items captured by the tablet’s camera.

The group was clearly very interested in the session, with a lot of lively debate and interaction with the available technology. It’s understood that some attendees will be looking to receive further training from Digital Communities Wales in future.