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Courses for seniors developed by Philip Mallon.

Photo taken on November 26, 2015 at 09:55AM

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I use technology like this is develop the construction and learning skills with Jason and seniors.
The technology is called LittleBits Electronics and it like playing with Lego. On the above photo are colour coded LittleBits blocks. The central one is an Arduino Computer with inputs on the left and outputs on the right. It is a very simple demo where the dimmer on the left is sensed by the Arduino computer and delivers to the bar LED array on the right a pattern corresponding to the value on the dimmer. This modules just clip together using magnets and it is very easy to use. See my projects under ozBerry or projects with Jason for more.

Developing LATS blog


Welcome to the LATS blogging site. LATS stands for Learning About Technology to Improvement Society so that we are all better off – better health, awareness, knowledge, opportunities etc My special interest is supporting those who are disadvantaged such as people with disabilities and helping them use technology to cope. I am also interested in helping seniors to understand how technology can assist them to live more independently.  This LATS site is used by seniors from u3a to debate and explore technologies in u3a sessions facilitated by me. In 2014 I am co-facilitating a special interest group, CARTS (Cars Automobiles Railways Trains and Ships) so that seniors at u3a in Greater Western Sydney can enjoy exploring transport technologies in their world. I am also developing courses for Parramatta Computer Pals for 2015 to explore the Internet of Things.