The WiFi Story project evolved from a strong perceived need for further WiFi training for clients of the federal ICP WiFi program that EGF have been involved with developing over since 2005. Many remote communities and homelands have recently received their first free access to WiFi and we anticipate that the demand for this service will increase as residents with understanding of this new technology.

While the general uptake of digital media is good on remote communities, the focus is primarliy social. It is the intention of this project to provide further engagement with WiFi tools and devices that will assist the training and information research towards managing and maintaining this network, while also recognising the unique and unprecented opportunity for sustainable enterprises development. 

Training with people living in remote homelands and communities would be most effective with “one on one” training. Of key individuals who will then share their knowledge with others. Teaching people at home rather than a formal classroom setting builds on the existing relationships and addresses and works within the dynamic of Aboriginal culture by utilising the strong oral tradition rather than bombarding people with written material or posters.

The project will be delivered in 2 stages:

Stage 1: Develop three instruction films/photo stories  (on the below topics) using IMovie, GarageBand and Camera Apps on IPad with voice over in language and English on how to:

  • Report a problem with the remote phone or WiFi network
  • How to connect to Activate8Me network, managing the network limitations
  • How to find Browser, type in address and search and look for topics of interest on apple and android devices

Stage 2: The photo-stories are uploaded to people’s devices in individuals camps for a trial period. It is anticipated that these will then be shared onwards to other family members and communities. Evaluatethe findings after the trial period and research the potential to evolve the concept into specific interfaces for approriate apps or more comprehensive instruction photo stories.

Alice Springs, Australia
5,000
Miranda Mills
Batchelor Institute of Tertiary Education

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    November 13, 2014

    WiFi Story Stage 1 Complete

    The first three photo story clips for the WiFi Story have been made and shared with communities. The WiFi Story pilot project is an example of how to create a low cost production of 3 instructional photo stories/clips using the capabilities of the IPhone and the iPad. The stories aim to be culturally appropriate and easy to follow in order to share with people with low IT literacy who live or...

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    The first three photo story clips for the WiFi Story have been made and shared with communities.

    The WiFi Story pilot project is an example of how to create a low cost production of 3 instructional photo stories/clips using the capabilities of the IPhone and the iPad. The stories aim to be culturally appropriate and easy to follow in order to share with people with low IT literacy who live or visit their remote outstations and homelands in the Northern Territory.

    The Photo stories/clips are as follows-

    • How to report a fault on the community free satellite phone unit
    • How to report a fault with the free Wi-Fi and Internet connection on the satellite phone unit
    • How to connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi on the remote community phone unit

    Further development of these stories will be considered next year after the trial period.

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