Coach Gianna Rossi-Hill Comments on big 8 Tournament
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Coach Gianna Rossi-Hill Comments on big 8 Tournament
Coach Gianna Rossi-Hill gives insight to Fresno City College Women's Water Polo season and Big 8 tournament.
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After reviewing multiple statistical tools to analyze statistics online I have found that I prefer SOFA software. What caught my eye from the SOFA website was that the software was free, the website was professional and the information on the website spoke in a language that I understood. After experimenting with SOFA, I found that it was very user friendly and offers step-by-step guidelines how to use the software. The website posted pictures, videos and has “help” buttons throughout the software. These helpful tools made my experimenting easier. In addition, being familiar with excel, I liked that this software allows me to easily import data into the program. The software also offers visually appealing charts, spread sheets and pictures of the data that look professional.
I also like what I saw on the SYSTAT 12 website. I was not able to play with the software because it was not free but, it also seemed user friendly and created professional spreadsheets, graphs and pictures.
This survey is for student-athletes to give feedback regarding their athletic experience at Fresno City College.
A pro to both of these websites is that they are fairly easy to operate and are free to use. LinkedIn hosts a large professional community which connects professionals to other professionals or businesses. This is great because LinkedIn allows user to quickly share information to businesses, get recommendations and quickly search for jobs. Another way to use the internet to showcase skills is a personal web site. In my experience weebly.com offers a user friendly website creator that allows users to create different pages within their website to express their talents. The personal website had endless possibilities that can show off resumes, philosophies, blogs and much more. It is very hard to fit my resume on one piece of paper and both of these types of websites offer different ways to show off my professional skills and talents.
However, a con to using the internet as a professional portfolio is that both LinkedIn and personal websites limit the face-to-face connection that is needed when applying for jobs. To be successful when using LinkedIn, connections need to begin in person; jobs are not given to pieces of paper or internet profiles, jobs are given to people. Because of this it is essential that users on LinkedIn do not forget this critical step, and make an effort to connect in person when applying for a job or when building connections. Another con is that users share a great deal of information on these websites. The internet is not a safe place and caution needs to be used when operating and sharing information.
Get Out There and Explore the Endless Professional Tools of the Internet
Getting connected to the internet and using the sources provided gives professionals an edge over others. The first thing that an employer thinks about someone using a professional networking site is that the individual is technology sound and understands how to use the internet to their advantage. A great professional networking site to join is LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a business oriented social networking site that connects professionals to other professionals, employers and businesses. The LinkedIn profile acts as an online resume and users are able to receive recommendations from connections that they have made. It is a quick and easily accessed profile that allows businesses and employers to search for new employees and post jobs. Looking for jobs is not easy but, if someone is unemployed or just looking to further their career it is a great tool to showcase your work to other professionals. Also, another strategy that LinkedIn offers to users is the ability to connect sites to their LinkedIn profile. These sites can be websites they have built, blogs, etc. On my LinkedIn account I have connected my Personal Web Presence (PWP) to my profile. A PWP is a website that is a personal website that has endless possibilities. My PWP is a work in progress but, it is a creative way to show my skills through my blog, education and contact information.
Wiki’s are a great tool that allows multiple people to interact, share and update information on a document or topic. According to Dr. Scott Sailor (2006), “wiki is a piece of server software that allows users to freely create and edit Web page content using any Web browser” (p. 59). Wiki documents are easily accessible and are very user friendly (Sailor, 2006). They can be used for both personal and business use. For example, in my own experience I have created a Wiki document that is titled “Pot Luck Dinner Sign Up” and sent it out to my Women’s Water Polo team. The document was for a pot luck dinner that I am hosting and asked my student-athletes to write what they will bring. This tool is great because it shows what others are bringing so nothing will be forgotten or doubled. It is easy to see the benefits that Wiki documents can bring to education. Group projects are very popular and students can use wiki documents to work on a group project at their own leisure from home (Sailor, 2006). Within wiki documents users are able to comment on the document to help share insight over the topic without posting on the page. Overall, wikis are very user friendly and create a quick effective way to share information on the internet
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Sailor, Scott R. (2006). Considering a new avenue of communication: The weblog. Athletic Therapy Today (4). p. 32-33.
Salor, Scott R. (2006). I though wikis were creatures in 'star wars!' Athletic Therapy Today. p. 59-61
The ability to download apps quickly and inexpensively on phones and tablets is becoming more popular. Apps are easy to access through iTunes or Google play. Apps can be free or have some type of fee. With the popularity of mobile devices the amount of apps are growing quickly and is a competitive industry. For instance, I use the pages and numbers apps on my iPad to create word documents or excel spread sheets. I bought both programs for around twenty dollars. Now, because apps are very competitive there are new inexpensive or free apps that can create both word documents and excel spread sheets. As apps are becoming more available people are able to use phones and tablets like computers. Both phones and tablets are very accessible and people can just reach into their pockets or bags to use these devices.
After reviewing apps that I can use in my profession I have discovered a few that apply to coaching. One app that I found was Doceri which is an interactive white board that allows the user to demonstrate ideas through picture, audio and recordings that are edited then shared.
Apps are a growing industry and the demand is high. As technology develops so will the way education is taught in the classroom. Technology allows teachers to be more effective and efficient by educating students. I have found apps that allow teachers to use their iPads to connect to their computers and projectors, give notes, take tests, create movies, connect to online databases, create note cards and read PDFs. As technology grows, the accessibility to apps, technology and the internet fits within the palms of our hands leaving us capable of anything.
LinkedIn is a social network that focuses on connecting professionals in a business setting. LinkedIn has the capability to connect people with clients, bosses, and employees. My first impression of Linke In was that the profiles represented a professional resume. After investigating the site, I found that users are able to apply for jobs using the site and the profiles act as resumes. The online resume allows users to connect links to their job experience or work allowing companies to quickly move from site to site to view the user’s capabilities. Also, LinkedIn allows users to form connections with other users. These connections are business related and help users keep connections with co-workers or bosses to make referrals or help someone get a job.
Facebook however, does not allow users to make connections in a business setting. Facebook is a social network that connects friends. This is accomplished by sharing personal information to friends and family through pictures, comments and statuses. As a user of Facebook I limit how I friend and try to keep my personal life away from my professional life. LinkedIn is a good site that does just that, by solving the personal vs. professional issue on a separate site.
The “Top 100 for Learning” in education list is an extensive list of programs and applications that educators can use to enhance learning. When looking over this list I was surprised to see Twitter ranked #1 and Facebook to be ranked #9. I did not realize social media was so highly used in education. I am familiar with Facebook but, am still learning how Twitter can impact learning. I was also surprised to see Pinterest on this list, I never thought about using this site as a learning tool but, it makes sense because you are able to pin and organize topics to specific boards.
When looking through this list I found a few interesting applications or websites that I can use in my own teaching and coaching. The first interesting website that I came across was powtoon.com. Powtoon.com is a website that allows users to make fun videos that resemble slide shows. Within the video a user is able to use cartoons characters, animations and images to design their video. The site was very user friendly and I personally had fun making my own video.
A second interesting application was called Explain Everything. The application acts as a white board that you can write on and post multiple pictures. I downloaded the application because I think it can be a very useful tool in my coaching. The application allows the user to write on images and videos. It also allows the user to talk over video. In my coaching I can use this application to talk over game film and send the video to my athletes. I also can across a similar application called Notability. This application is very similar to Explain Everything and I am eager to compare the two applications.
The final application that caught my eye was vimeo. Vimeo is a website that is similar to youtube that allows users to edit, create and publish videos. I recently started creating my own videos on youtube and want to compare the two websites. It seems vimeo offers different types of editing options that youtube does not.
Overall, the list of learning programs was very informative. After reviewing the list I learned new ways that technology can impact education. Most of the programs I did not know existed and I was able to find a few that I can use as a coach. The link to the website is http://c4lpt.co.uk/top100tools/
Top 100 Tools for Learning 2014. (2014). Retrieved from http://c4lpt.co.uk/top100tools/
The advancement from web 1.0 to 2.0 has changed the way people use computers in their everyday lives. Web 1.0 only tapped into the possibilities of data transfer. Web 1.0 only allowed people to get information from sources and did not allow interaction between users. Web 2.0 revolutionized how people use the internet by allowing information to be shared through blogs, comments, chat, and the ability to create websites. Because information is shared quickly across the World Wide Web people are able to interact on social, professional, scientific and educational levels. Since information is spreading quickly it also speeds up the ability to create and advance technology and science. For instance, because of web 2.0 scientists across the world are able to share information and use findings to advance their own research. Also, Web 2.0 opened the door to online education. Because of Web 2.0 teachers and students interact with one another through podcast, online lectures, forums, chat rooms, email and so on.
After reviewing “the best web 2.0 application for education in 2012” I found many very useful applications that can be applied to coaching. For instance Vennage creates professional and fun infographics. The templates have a design element that makes the information pop. Also, Zoho creates both professional and personal websites and is very user friendly. Finally, Thinglink can be used as a tool to upload, edit and share video. The tools listed can be used in the education setting to interact with students to increase learning.
The Best Web 2.0 Applications for Education in 2012 - So Far.(2012). Retrieved From http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2012/07/10/the-best-web-2-0-applications-for-education-in-2012-%E2%80%94-so-far/