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Individualized, home-based interactive training of cerebral palsy children delivered through the Internet
Peder E Bilde, Mette Kliim-Due, Betina Rasmussen, Line Z Petersen, Tue H Petersen, Jens B Nielsen
BMC Neurology , 2011, DOI: 10.1186/1471-2377-11-32
Abstract: 9 children (aged 9-13 years) with cerebral palsy were included in the study. Motor, perceptual and cognitive abilities were evaluated before and after 20 weeks of home-based training delivered through the internet.The children and their families reported great enthusiasm with the training system and all experienced subjective improvements in motor abilities and self-esteem. The children on average trained for 74 hours during a 20 week period equalling just over 30 minutes per day. Significant improvements in functional muscle strength measured as the frontal and lateral step-up and sit-to-stand tests were observed. Assessment of Motor and processing skills also showed significant increases. Endurance measured as the Bruce test showed a significant improvement, whereas there was no significant change in the 6 min walking test. Balance (Romberg) was unchanged. Visual perceptual abilities increased significantly.We conclude that it is feasible to deliver interactive training of children with cerebral palsy at home through the internet and thereby ensure more intensive and longer lasting training than what is normally offered to this group.Children with cerebral palsy suffer from motor and cognitive disabilities, which usually require a multi-facetted treatment strategy over many years involving a number of different health professionals. Even with the economical resources available today in most western societies, it is doubtful whether it is possible to offer sufficiently intensive and persistent motor and cognitive training to guarantee optimal, lasting improvements for the children with current therapeutic approaches. It is now known that in order to drive neuroplastic changes in the brain much more intensive and long-lasting training is necessary than what has been assumed previously [1]. It has been estimated for quite some time as a rule of thumb that athletes need to train around 10.000 hours (which corresponds to around 5 hours pr day for 5-6 years) to become a
Towards Modelling The Internet Topology - The Interactive Growth Model  [PDF]
Shi Zhou,Raul J. Mondragon
Computer Science , 2003,
Abstract: The Internet topology at the Autonomous Systems level (AS graph) has a power--law degree distribution and a tier structure. In this paper, we introduce the Interactive Growth (IG) model based on the joint growth of new nodes and new links. This simple and dynamic model compares favorable with other Internet power--law topology generators because it not only closely resembles the degree distribution of the AS graph, but also accurately matches the hierarchical structure, which is measured by the recently reported rich-club phenomenon.
The Internet as a Tool for Interactive Learning, Teaching and Research: Nigerian Experience
A. K. Manir
International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET) , 2007,
Abstract: The paper examines the usefulness of the Internet as a tool for interactive learning, teaching and research in Nigeria. It further exhibited the impact of the Internet in advancing research, teaching and learning abilities and techniques of the researchers, teachers and students respectively. Survey research method was employed. Questionnaire was the main instrument utilized for data collection. The findings of the study exhibits that a number of teachers and students are aware of the benefit of the Internet as a tool for interactive learning, teaching and research; the study shows that the respondents lacked access in their schools and colleges. Only 40% of the respondents make use of the Internet for Interactive learning. In addition to this 50% of the teachers only use it for interactive research. None of the teachers used it for interactive teaching.
Christi-Anne Castro
Humanities Diliman , 2010,
Abstract: This paper examines hybrid subjectivity in the performances by and in the reception of musical artists utilizing the technology of interactive Internet media. It focuses on the career trajectories of the popular Filipino music performers Charice Pempengco and Arnel Pineda, taking into account how their transnational presence and dissemination through internet media communities affect perceptions of locality, nationality and race.
Internet usage and openness to internet-delivered health information among Australian adults aged over 50 years  [PDF]
Ian T. Zajac,Ingrid H.K. Flight,Carlene Wilson,Deborah Turnbull
Australasian Medical Journal , 2012,
Abstract: BackgroundThe cost of healthcare in Australia’s ageing population isever increasing. In an attempt to reduce these rising costs,the internet has been suggested as a possible means ofdisseminating health-related information and promotingpreventive health behaviours.ObjectiveOur objective was to determine the proportion ofAustralians aged 50-74 years who have internet access, andthe characteristics of internet usage, current online healthinformation seeking behaviour, and the willingness toreceive unsolicited health information via the Internet.MethodA random sample of N=25,511 urban older Australians aged50 to 74 years received a questionnaire via mail and wereasked to complete questions concerning variables related tointernet usage. N=8,762 returned a competedquestionnaire.ResultsEighty-two per cent of respondents reported havinginternet access, mainly at home (94%), and the majorityactively use this technology (93%). Younger people andthose of higher socio-economic status and higher educationwere more likely to have access (p<.001). Approximately61% reported actively seeking health-related informationonline but only 32% expressed a willingness to receiveunsolicited health information via the internet. Femaleswere more likely to currently search for health-relatedinformation than males but were less likely to be open toreceiving unsolicited health information (both p<.001).ConclusionAccording to the data it appears the majority of urbanAustralians aged over 50 have access to the internet atsome location and 60% of them use the internet for healthrelatedpurposes. The data also suggests, however, thatdelivering health information via the internet alone woulddisadvantage those who are older, less educated, and lessfinancially well-off.
Introducing Educate~ online
Geoff Whitty
Educate~ , 2006,
Abstract: In 2001, the first issue of a new journal was published that focused on disseminating the work of postgraduate researchers at the Institute of Education. This new journal was called: Educate ~ The London Journal of Doctoral Research in Education. It offered a new opportunity to the community of postgraduate researchers, whether full-time and part-time, home or international, undertaking professional doctorates or MPhil/PhD research, to publish and disseminate their research. Educate~ offers a publication outlet for this sizable and diverse group of doctoral researchers, enabling the publication of work-in-progress as well as fully-fledged papers. It also offers a starting point for conversations between the Institute’s postgraduate researchers and its established academic staff, allowing each to learn from the other, thereby developing the Institute’s research community. These conversations have continued to develop with the biannual Doctoral School conferences, now a well-established feature here at the Institute. Indeed, the abstracts for the Summer Conference are included in this issue of Educate~. The inaugural Editorial, back in 2001, stated that “our success will depend on the continuing willingness of potential contributors to provide us with interesting, thought provoking and engaging material” and I encourage readers to look back through the online archives to see how successful Educate~ has been. The development of software to enable academic journals to appear online and, importantly, to manage the entire editorial process electronically, presented an opportunity for Educate~ that could not be missed. Educate~ has now successfully moved to an online format. Doing so allows Educate~ to integrate photographic materials, audio files and audiovisual files and even podcasts - like this one, into what it publishes. Indeed, Educate~ does not just contain abstracts from this year’s Summer Conference, but also podcasts of a number of the presentations that will be streamed during the conference. Eduacate~’s electronic presence also allows users of the site to post comments on the published work and for the authors to respond, making the journal a focus of the research community in the Institute. In that first Educate~ editorial, the Editorial Board expressed a hope that “in time, [it would] include doctoral students and established academics who are not necessarily based here at the Institute”. That vision has now been realised through Educate~’s move online, involving a name change that drops ‘London’ from its title, so that it is now simply: Educate
A Secure Internet Voting Protocol Based on Non-interactive Deniable Authentication Protocol and Proof Protocol that Two Ciphertexts are Encryption of the Same Plaintext  [cached]
Bo Meng
Journal of Networks , 2009, DOI: 10.4304/jnw.4.5.370-377
Abstract: Internet voting protocol is the base of the Internet voting systems. Firstly, an improved proof protocol that two ciphertexts are encryption of the same plaintext is introduced. Secondly, a receipt-free and coercion-resistant Internet voting protocol based on the non-interactive deniable authentication protocol and an improved proof protocol that two ciphertexts are encryption of the same plaintext is developed. Thirdly, we analyze the proposed Internet voting protocol. The proposed Internet voting protocol has the properties of universal verifiability, receiptfreeness and coercion-resistance. At the same time the proposed protocol is with the weak physical assumption. Lastly, we compare security properties of the several typical Internet voting protocols with our present protocol.
Working-aged population’s mental symptoms and the use of the Internet  [cached]
Leena Korpinen,Rauno P??kk?nen
Mental Illness , 2011, DOI: 10.4081/mi.2011.e7
Abstract: The aim was to study how the working-age population’s mental symptoms had a relation to the using of the Internet. In addition, the aim was to analyze how the mental symptoms had a relation to background information. The study was carried out as a cross-sectional study by posting a questionnaire to 15,000 working-age (18-65) Finns. Mental symptoms of responses (6121) were analysed using the model factors age, gender and use of the Internet. Only 0.06% mentioned that they were somehow addicted to the Internet. Based on statistical analyses, age and marital status had an influence on many mental symptoms. The use of the Internet at leisure had an influence on substance addiction and fear situations. The importance of the Internet only had an influence on the fear situations. In the future it will be essential to take into account that the use of the internet can affect mental symptoms.
Innovative Second Language Speaking Practice with Interactive Videos in a Rich Internet Application Environment  [cached]
Juan A. Pereira,Silvia Sanz-Santamaría,Raúl Montero,Julián Gutiérrez
International Education Studies , 2012, DOI: 10.5539/ies.v5n6p272
Abstract: Attaining a satisfactory level of oral communication in a second language is a laborious process. In this action research paper we describe a new method applied through the use of interactive videos and the Babelium Project Rich Internet Application (RIA), which allows students to practice speaking skills through a variety of exercises. We present an experience with a number of interactive video exercises used in a real world scenario with nearly 100 students of English as a Second Language at a Spanish university. The use of interactive videos with the Babelium application has allowed our students to record their voices and faces (using microphones and webcams) and to be weekly evaluated according to a set of defined oral evaluation criteria. Based on the results of a survey conducted at the end of the semester, we demonstrate that the students involved in this research experiment have significantly increased the number of hours devoted to speaking practice comparing to the methods used in previous years. Finally, this paper suggests new types of interactive video-based exercises to further improve the outcome of the speaking practice with the help of the Babelium Project application.
Soap operas, to entertain and to educate
de la Barrera,Melina Ayres;
Cuadernos del CLAEH , 2008,
Abstract: soap operas are increasingly inserted in a concrete social reality. the representations constructed by soap operas are associated with daily life and social with the context in which they are immersed. this article discusses the narrow boundary between fiction and reality in soap operas, and the intent to educate throughout current real issues. with this purpose this study selected two soap operas written by manoel carlos and produced by brazilian red globo: mujeres apasionadas (2003) and páginas de la vida (2006).
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