Best Human Services App Award 2017

husITa is proud to announce the Best Human Services Application Award 2017. This award is designed to encourage and support the development of innovative and effective human service applications. We have decided to make the award an annual event with a different app award each year: one year the award will be for the best human services app; the next for the best…

Virtual Pal

Social work educator’s guide for #SWVirtualPal

This guide explains the hashtag #SWVirtualPal and how you might incorporate it into course content, a class assignment or learning activity.  You can also download a PDF version of this guide. The purpose of the #SWVirtualpal hashtag is to create professional connections between social work students, practitioners, and academics across the planet.  It was created by  Amanda Taylor from the University…

husITa18 to be held in Dublin, Ireland

We are delighted to announce that husITa will organise a human service technology stream at the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development (SWSD2018) to be held at the Royal Dublin Society, Dublin, Ireland from 4th-7th July, 2018. SWSD2018 is organised by a joint committee, representing the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), the International Council…

Board election results announced

The husITa board approved the results of the 2016 husITa ballot, many thanks to the 46 members of our mailing list who selected five from a slate of seven excellent nominees, they were spoiled for choice. Congratulations to Gareth Morgan and Yu-Cheung Wong, our existing board members, who have both been elected for a further three-year term. Welcome aboard to three new board members…

Reflecting on husITa16

As many readers will be aware husITa16 – the 10th international conference of husITa – was held in Seoul, Korea as part of the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development. Over 2,500 delegates from over 80 countries worldwide attended the event. This is the third occasion in which husITa have coordinated the technology subtheme inside the world conference with previous…

mSakhi and Swasthya Slate: User friendly digital communication tools for community health workers.

It is a well-known fact that the health of a person depends on where he/she lives. Access to health care services for poor individuals living in disadvantaged communities is a global problem spanning both developing and developed nations. Be it the slums of Nairobi, the densely populated low income communities of East Los Angeles or the remote tribal villages of…

Smartphones and parenting

Yu-cheung Wong from the Chinese University of Hong Kong introduces the paper he will be discussing at husITa16. The rise of the permanently connected smartphone has made parental supervision of children’s Internet use almost impossible. In Hong Kong, a city where ICT infrastructure is well-developed and smartphone use very affordable, almost all (98%) school children aged 14-17 have a smartphone. Ownership among…