Statistical Analysis tools do not spark interest to me when looking for resources online. I did enjoy reading all the stats on http://www.amstat.org/sections/sis/Journals%20and%20Publications/ in the sports data section. I thought it was very useful to have the ability to look up any sport and find specific stats on players and teams. I also enjoyed reading the journals posted that explains different types of analysis within sport medicine. I have a more open minded approach to using statistical analysis tools with the free software to become more familiar with statistical analysis tools.
In the past couple of years it seems to be new technology always to be more improved. I can remember when Myspace was created and everyone had one. Then along came Facebook and the creators made the social networking even better. Now there is Linkden and PWP where you can create a page about yourself in a more professional dynamic. All of these networking sites are ways for people anywhere in the world to find something about you to either expand your contacts or your job opportunities. But are all these social networking sites really important for increasing your chances to get a job? I don't know the answer to this question, but I believe nothing is private anymore and you can find anything on the internet about someone. So my advice is to think before you post about anything that could potentially hurt your chances of getting a job or keeping your job.
As I sign up for more and more of these PLN in this class I am always fearful on what to share not to share. Well Linkedin has done a great job in formatting their PLN to more professionally business oriented related to your career path. This site allows you to upload job experiences, interests, strengths, and education that will help with networking and expanding your career path. The use of technology has its positives when networking to a certain client or employer to show off your strengths.
Wiki pages are a great technology used in the educational field. When in the process of doing my studies at the university level I was always told not use wikipedia and how it was not a trusted resource when researching. Wiki is now a site I would recommend and use in the education field. It is a great way to interact with students online by uploading a document about your subject you teach. This involves the class to collaboratively work together online while using technology. If I taught at the secondary level I would use wiki pages to allow my students to have a online discussion about a current health topic.
When looking at both Facebook and Linkedin there are some similarities which is that they are both a social media site. Facebook is created to connect to friends and family and Linkedin was created for more business oriented to connect professionally. Facebook features a wall, photos, status, chatting, and ect to connect to mostly friends and family. Facebook has grown tremendously that most of the users range from teenagers to elders which it was not intended for at the start when founder Mark Zuckerberg creating the most powerful social networking site. It was intended for college communities to interact over social media and before you knew it was being used by 955 million users worldwide.
With 175 million users Linkedin was created to connect professionally to future employers or just straight up networking. The site features resumes, experiences, and strengths that allows businesses to see your skills and abilities. The sites atmosphere is very professional and it is a great way for companies to post direct advertisement onto the site itself. Linkedin makes it easier to connect to people in the business world that could change your career and life.
Applications can be used in education with convenience of accessing them through a phone or Ipad easily. I use a couple of apps that help prepare for lesson plans or the use of a rubric. These particular apps are very useful when searching for new fun games or different styles of scoring a particular skill. For instance, I have used easy assessment when scoring serves for a volleyball unit. I can set my rubric scores to the standards and begin testing the students rather then caring around a clipboard and paper. This app is so cool that it instantly uploads the scores to my computer. Saves time and paper and the students love seeing their scores on a Ipad rather then on a piece of paper.
I see lot's of potential with apps to be used in a physical education setting because you caring the device around while giving feedback to the students rather then standing at your computer typing scores in to a spreadsheet. The apps allow teachers to save time printing out paper and writing down scores physically. If I had to choose one technology to use it would be apps in my PE class. The only problem is that they need to keep updating the apps to keep up with the standards and OSPI because they change their minds quite often. ;)
According to the suggested readings from module assignment 3 the Top 100 tools I didn't realize that Moodle was 11 on the list. I also was shocked on how many tools I use on the daily basis. I would of thought that facebook would have been number one, but was not surprised to see Twitter and Google docs as top competitors.
The recommended readings listed in module assignment 3 talked about how the online education system is a 34 billion dollar industry. Did you know the University of Phoenix is the largest university in the US with 500,000 students enrolled. The internet is a revolution in learning and there is no limit in stopping anytime soon. I am concern what impact learning physical education over the internet rather than in class will do to our students. I am familiar that K12 online education provides a PE class and curious what it might look entail?