Below is my virtual resume which is also posted under the Resume page, if you would like to view the full view please click here: Virtual Resume
I believe that all a personal website, LinkedIn, and Facebook all have their advantages and disadvantages to them. A positive to a PWP is it is able to showcase unlimited items as you would like. One thing I enjoy about a PWP is you can add your personality to the page. This can be viewed as either an advantage or disadvantage depending on what you’re utilizing the page for. I personally like utilizing the PWP as an educator, a coach or a way to display your abilities, blog, and more.
LinkedIn is a website where you can input your information, experience, education and it can be viewed by others. One advantage to LinkedIn is that you can network with those who are listed in your contacts list. One disadvantage to LinkedIn is it is plain and you cannot personalize the page. I do like that LinkedIn can be linked to your PWP.
I wasn’t aware Facebook could be used as a way to market you skills to find a job until I took this class. An advantage to Facebook is mostly everyone is familiar with the layout and the way Facebook works which makes it easy to utilize. It is also a great place to network because you can connect with friends, acquaintances, etc.
For this assignment I investigated three different websites that analyze statistics online. The first one I looked at was Simple Interactive Statistical Analysis. Its description states that you click the procedure you want it to complete, fill in the form and the analysis will take place on the spot. This website was free to use an unlimited amount of times. The different types of analysis it does includes statistics, calculations, data procedures, table procedures, and distributions.
The second website I looked at was Vassar Stats. This website was also free and included calculators, probabilities, distributions, frequency data, ordinal data, correlation and regression, t-Tests, ANOVA and ANCOVA. Vassar Stats is also a free website. I noticed on some of the options you were limited by how many samples you could input, this is obviously a draw back if you have a large sample of data to analyze.
The last website I looked at to analyze data was Stat Crunch. The difference between this website and the first two I investiaged was it cost money. They have a two options which include six months and twelve months. For students, six months cost $13.20 and twelve months is $22.00. What stood out to me about Stat Crunch is you are able to load an excel sheet from your computer into the program. From there you can analyze the data. Personally, out of the three options I would choose Stat Crunch if I needed an analysis done. If I created a survey it would be done in google docs and then converted to an excel file. I would then load it into Stat Crunch and let it do its analysis. Choosing this option would save me a lot of time inputting data.
Below is the online survey I created using Google Docs Forms.
Athletics at Your High School Online Survey
In the image below you can see the demographics of Facebook and LinkedIn. It looks as though Facebook has more users, more connections, and more time on site. Facebook might be winning in those three categories, but I feel that but Facebook seems to be too personal if you are hunting for jobs. When job searching, you obviously do not want to utilize your personal Facebook for job searching as it is too personal. This is where LinkedIn seems to be a more professional tool. It has all the essential items needed to showcase who you are, your education, and experience.
If I were to search for a job, LinkedIn would be the tool I would utilize. It would not be the only tool I use, but the layout is simple, easy to read and straight to the point.
I have always been told that “It’s not what you know, but who you know”. If this is true then networking as a professional is essential when trying to land a job. There are different strategies that one could use to network, but the first step for me would be connecting with the people you already know. In another class within the Sports Administration master’s program option, we were asked to make a list of everyone we know that we could network with. To my surprise, my list was pretty extensive which is obviously good. If I am searching for a job, my hope is one person on my list knows of an opening in the job area I am looking for. Perhaps I know them well enough that they can give me a letter of recommendation to help me land the job. Possibilities are endless in job hunting which is why networking is a never ending process.
The world is moving to a more technology savvy place, which means job seekers also need to be tech savvy. Being connected through LinkedIn, and having a PWP seem essential. I am definitely happy that this technology course has taught us how to set up these essential networking programs. When the time comes that I am searching for a job, I will just need to do some updating because these steps will have already been completed.
Throughout my education in college and graduate school the use of wikis was never implemented in my coursework. "Wikis make it possible for people to collaborate in a Web environment by creating, organizing, and maintaining a Web site of automatically linked pages" (Crawner & Lewis, 2006).
A couple years ago my high school connected every student and teacher to google through their school email. This is the first time I had been apart of anything where two or more people could view or edit the same document at the same time.
When I began using the internet that is when I remember seeing, using, and reading Wikipedia. It was a easy go to source when I was in high school. When I went to college, I was urged not to utilize Wikipedia because it is a blog type website. Depending on your need, Wikipedia can be a useful website.
I enjoyed Sailors (2006) article on the use of wikis in education. He stated that one great use for wikis is to work on, post or instruct about collaborative projects. I honestly never thought to use a wiki for a project until Google docs was introduced to our staff. Although I haven't used google docs to the fullest as a physical educator, I know it's available and there is plenty of staff who are well versed in google docs.
I actually just received a survey from another athletic director that was made through google docs. There is definitely plenty of technology and use for technology, it's just a matter of getting educated in it and implementation.
Crawner, B. & Lewis, P.H. (2006). WikiWikiWebs: new ways to communicate in a web environment. Information Technology and Libraries. 33-43.
Sailor, S. R. (2006). I thought wikis were creatures in "Star Wars!". Athletic Therapy Today. 11(6), 30-32.
Since I began teaching in 2008, the times have definitely started to change. At the high school where I teach we have an annual School Wide Write where the kids read a prompt, write an essay and the teachers grade the papers. With the change of time, this year the School Wide Write is would to be a little different. Our students will be reading a prompts, reading an article and watching a video. They will then be required to write a paper based on all three components that they were given. The change was prompted by the change in state testing. We are hoping to give student practice for the move towards Smarter Balanced testing that will take place this year. We hope to prepare our students and teachers for testing this school year. I read the 60 Educational Apps in 60 Minutes which was created by Clint Stephens. Here are my thoughts about educational apps...
The state of California is moving towards a technology driven testing which means schools will too. With the move towards utilizing technology in schools there's definitely a use for apps with in the classroom. Teachers can use them as they please with the capability to modify based on their circumstance. An app that I feel is useful for all different levels of teaching is Number Line. It's an educational game that helps students learn about fractions, decimals and percentages.
One of the best apps that I saw that I could use would be Near Pod. It's essentially a place where you can create presentations, videos, polls, and quizzes. It can then be projected on student iPads or an iPhone. It's pretty cool because the view is different for the students versus the teacher. Another app that I think is pretty awesome for education is Infuse. While it might not be useful for me as a physical education teacher because I do not have iPad, it would be useful for those teachers who do. It is a clicker for teachers and students to use. The teacher can create tests or quizzes and then project them on the iPod. Students can choose their answer and then the teacher can get the results.
Dragon is the last app that I think is a great educational app. I actually created this post using Dragon. You just speak into your iPhone, iPod or iPad and it types it up what you are saying. I find it useful because I have carpal tunnel syndrome and one of my wrists, so I can speak into my phone my thoughts will get typed. I just have to do a little bit of editing, and then publish it.
While looking over the Top 100 Tools for Learning I found that I use sixteen of the learning tools listed. I then wanted to know how many I have heard of and that came out to forty two. That means that over half of the tools listed on the Top 100 Tools for Learning list I have never heard of before. I must say that being enrolled in the Technology class has also helped me know and become familiar with some of the tools listed.
After looking over the list I wanted to utilize one tool. I ended up downloading Evernote on my iPhone and my laptop because I noticed it had moved from number twenty seven in 2009 to number six for 2013. I will use it for a couple weeks and see if I like it. You can take pictures, set reminders, use locations and share with others. I have also shared this link with my colleagues, hoping they can benefit from seeing the top 100 learning tools.
One of my favorite Sport Science videos: Baseball vs. Softball