With the right tools having the ability to break down statistics can be very useful. With the right application you can use statistics to break down opposing teams in a competitive game setting. You can use it to tell strengths and weaknesses of a team or a player. Statistics can be used to help the performance of an athlete or mechanics of an individual.
Coming from Nevada the people who spend a lot of time investing in sports bets always talk about statistics and how they use it to make the winning bet. For this class I am sure that these sites will come in handy but for right now I do not know what my thesis will in tell, or how I will use statistics to back up my points.
There are advantages when working with both web sites. I believe that a web site like LinkedIn helps the creator get in touch with people of the same interests and professional back ground. LinkedIn has the creator fill out a bunch of questions that categorizes them with people that are in the same field of interest. I think a web site like LinkedIn is a very professional web site that caters to those who are looking to make contacts, and create a professional learning community with people that have the same interest. I do not think that a web site like LinkedIn gives me the opportunity to express myself for who I really am.
When creating a personal web site it gives the creator the freedom to show what they want on that site while putting a little bit of their own personal touch. I noticed with in the class when told to post blogs on other web sites I got an idea of what a person is like just by browsing through their site. Someones personal web site can be just that, it can be personal where the creator gives the browser their information with a little of their own personal flair.
I do like the two sites and think that they are very useful with what ever I am trying to accomplish. I think it is on the creator what they want others to see and how professional they want to keep it. Like I stated before LinkedIn connects professionals with in their professional interests while a personal web site the creator must make their own connections and develop their own personal learning community or relationships.
Going off what we have already learned, some professional networking strategies that I can integrate with in my life would be the use of online tools like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Within these sights I can become "friends" with people who are in the same profession or who have the same ideas and goals that I have for my students/athletes. It is a good source to use to get new ideas or bounce old ideas of people discussing problems or road blocks that I may have in encountered with in my field. It is also a good way to get my resume or name out there if I was looking for another job (not happening). There are many ways to increase ones professional intelligence by professional networking and being able to have these tools can only help an educator like myself to grow.
After being ridiculed by my peers for not knowing what Wikipedia was I came to the conclusion after reading a few of those articles that Wikipedia and wikis can be a great tool to use. I believe, like some of the reading states when wikis are used and guarded or used in a controlled group setting there is much that can be done. I like the ideas that colleagues, classmates, and people from different parts of the world can work together on a certain document or plan comparing knowledge researched. Then they can put their finding out there amongst millions and come up with a finished product that may be used as a teaching tool or a solution on ways to accomplish a certain task.
I really like the idea that it is an on line encyclopedia that is filled with information. I don’t like the fact that a random Joe can get on and edit certain publications. I think that if there was a way where I could get quick information from a group of professional’s and not have to worry about having information construed and then having to do more research to back up what I just read, wikis would be great. Maybe it is just my fear of technology or maybe it is just me wanting everything handed to me wiki–wiki. I don’t know, but I like this idea of wikis and can see how it may be used as a collaboration of minds to accomplish a goal or produce a wealth of knowledge.
Facebook is a social networking site that people may use as a tool to branch out into the technology world giving and gaining information. Catching up with long lost contacts or contacts that you rarely get to see but it is a site that is a little more relaxed, laid back, and informal as compared to LinkedIn. LinkedIn seems to be a lot of a professional social networking sight. It is a sight where you can show a slew of people who you are, where you have been, what you have accomplished, professional interest, and current profession, basically it is a professional summary about a person.
I have looked up a few apps and made the search specific to Physical Education and found a few that really caught my attention as a athletic conditioning coach and a sports specific coach. There was one app that I saw where an educator could record an athlete doing something and play it back frame by frame showing them what they did. It also has a tool on it where the educator could see a mistake and draw in the corrections that will help their game or technique. I really thought this was cool app because it can be something used right at the moment and you don't have to wait for a smart board or TV to review what you wanted to fix.
Another one I thought was cool was the giant score board for your iPad. I saw this and remembered a conversation that I had with my wife about practicing game situations with her team including time, time outs, and scores. She agreed that they needed to do it but didn't because of how much you got to set up just to get the main score board going. The giant score board app is a great idea. I thought about Physical Education and I could use it for team games that I am doing for a certain unit that would benefit from a score board.
I really think there are a lot of apps that can be used in a regular education setting that would be useful for a physical educator. I know a guy who takes attendance from his phone. I know another that uses a stop watch on his phone. I have also seen a coach that has a dry erase board app on his iPad that he can draw plays up on. All little things but there are a bunch out there that can be helpful to what ever field you want you just have to make your search specific to what you need.
After browsing over the top 100 I was not surprised at all on what tools I use. Like I have been saying I am not a real tech savvy person and I counted only a hand full of tools that I use. A few of them are because of this class and what is required from our professor. I did like when Dr. Sailor said if we had any troubles with something try asking a teenager because they might know how to do the technological task that is being ask. So true, I asked one of my athletes to look over the list and they herd about a lot more tools and used a lot more then I did.
Again technology has many benefits not only in education but in your personal life as well. I like the fact that there are tools out there that can organize your life and keep you on track with day to day tasks that you need. I like the fact that you can use these tools to share information, gain information with certain groups or even something as easy as getting financial statements, paying bills or depositing cash when needed. I also like the fact that a lot of these tools and information are free. You can get feed back about a tool and see if its worth getting or not. So far in this class the things that we have incorporated as far as technology goes have been all free and all easy to access. A lot is out there for those who are advanced and for those who like it simple. I think I am going to keep it simple for now but even I can get with technology because it can be that easy.