I use both Facebook and Instagram when sharing photos online. The photo attached is from Fresno City College Women's Water Polo Facebook page. This picture is from a fundraising event that Fresno City College Women's Water Polo team volunteered at to raise money for a local non-profit organization called Buddy Systems. Buddy Systems is in Clovis, CA and teaches disabled children how to ride horses. The fundraiser raised money to help the cost of caring for the horses.
Fresno City College Women's Water Polo Team Launches Facebook Fan Page
On October 27, 2014, a Facebook fan page was created for Fresno City College Women's Water Polo Team. The fan page shares the competition schedule, tournament brackets, results, pictures, and any other events that FCC Women's Water Polo team is involved. The team shared pictures from their Buddy Systems volunteer event, FCC Homecoming Football game, tournaments etc. To stay updated with Fresno City College Women's Water Polo team please "Like" their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fccwaterpolo
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Personal Learning Network (PLN) is a website where you can connect blogs, newsfeeds, social media and emails to one website. The personal learning network that I chose to use is www.bloglines.com. This website allows a user to follow their personal interest on one site.
In my PLN I am following:
My personal Twitter and Facebook account
I am able to quickly view posts and share posts on one website without leaving my PLN.
I am able to quickly access and respond to emails from one site.
My personal web presence: www.giannarossi.weebly.com
Follow and update my personal blogs.
UCI Irvine Water Polo
Stay updated with UC Irvine women’s water polo team news and results. As an alumnus I enjoy staying updated with what is happening with the program.
Fresno City College Ram Page (newspaper)
Being an employee at Fresno City College the schools newspaper contains important information related to the school and sports.
Fresno Bee (newspaper) and Fox news.
Both the Fresno Bee and Fox News provide current news regarding local, national and world issues.
I am still relatively new to this website and am looking to follow more water polo websites. I was unsuccessful at linking www.usawaterpolo.com newsfeed to my PLN. But, hope to resolve this issue or find other sources that are water polo related.
The internet provides many tools to enhance learning. In my personal learning experience I have taken online courses, watched online lectures, engaged in online discussion, looked up resources, looked up answers to questions and watched “how to” videos on YouTube.
Websites that I regularly go to learn new things include YouTube, google.com and online libraries. For instance, my husband and recently put new windows in our house. We are do it yourself (DIY) kind of people and wanted to save money by installing the windows our self. We used YouTube as a source to learn how to install the windows, what materials were needed and what tools were required to complete the installation.
Being a water polo coach I follow www.usawaterpolo.com. I enjoy following USA water polo since it enables me to stay connected to the small water polo community. I am able to read about national team results and what local teams are doing. It is fun to stay in touch with this community and the internet makes it possible.
The internet has the opportunity to present good learning and can carry distractions away from good learning. One example is that social media can be seen as a distraction. It can be very easy to get caught up in the media or just spend hours looking at nothing. It is important that when on social media you follow people or organizations that help enhance learning. Another example is that not all sites are creditable and following or reading these sites can be a distraction from good learning. It is very important that individuals are aware of credibility of the source before using the information to strengthen an idea. Therefore, it is helpful to find creditable sources like journal articles or to investigate further on topics from blogs or newspapers.
Recently, I have had the opportunity to learn more about technology. In the past I have been against socializing on the web or connecting my professional life to my personal life using social media. In a very short time I have seen the benefits to social media and how social media can be used as a tool to promote or enhance an athletic program. Technology has proven to be a great way to teach individuals across the world. We are now able to take classes from home and share insights through blogging or posting to a forum. Technology has allowed learning to come from a click of a button and it is exciting to continue learning what technology offers.
Marcus Buckingham (2009) speaks about the importance of an individual developing his/her strengths. He emphasizes the importance of developing strengths over weakness. He also explains that an individual grows the most when they focus on developing their strengths and grow the least when focusing on weaknesses (Buckingham, 2009). Buckingham (2009) states that only a few individuals work in a position where they are able to exhibit their personal strengths.
In my personal life I am in my “sweet spot” using my strengths when coaching water polo or swimming. Within coaching I do have strengths and weakness. As a coach I am very organized and passionate about water polo, teaching and mentorship. However, my weaknesses include my ability to ask for help when working on multiple tasks and the projection of my voice.
After graduating from college I worked as a substitute teacher at a local school district. As a substitute teacher I felt I was unable to practice my personal strengths and did not enjoy what I was doing. One important key to my coaching is mentorship. This includes the ability to motivate, inspire and drive student athletes to succeed. As a substitute teacher it is hard to make these connections with students since my time with them is limited to less than an hour. However, there are a few exceptions and have met two teachers that contact me regarding substitute teaching. They both consistently request me as a substitute teacher to come into their classroom when they are absent. Since I am in these classrooms regularly, I have built relationships with these students and am able to use my strengths as a teacher to motivate students to learn.
As a coach I feel like I am in my “sweet spot” doing what I love to do, which is coaching water polo and swimming. Buckingham’s view of developing strengths is remarkable and I can reflect back to times as a coach where I dwell on my weaknesses instead of developing my strengths. As a professional, moving forward is important to being successful. If a coach stops learning then their strengths diminish. For instance, currently I am taking a Technology in Kinesiology course at Fresno Pacific University; within this class I have quickly learned that in the past I have been ignoring the benefits of technology. I have found that everyone in my program has been using technology such as twitter. Social media is a tool that I can use to strengthen and promote my program in many ways.
If you would like to watch Marcus Buckingham video you can view it on YouTube at http://youtu.be/hWZTdso2Njs.
Keynote speaker: Marcus Buckingham (2009, November 23). Retrieved from: http://youtu.be/hWZTdso2Njs
Microblogging is a great tool to use in athletics. It allows fans and athletes a way to follow current information regarding the program. According to Twitter (n.d.), they have “271 million monthly active users” (n.p.). Twitter is very popular for young people and can be a great tool to engage young people in an athletic program. Coaches can use microblogging as a tool to promote the athletic program. Sites like twitter, quickly spread information about the program, sporting events, team activities, game results, etc. It’s a great way to showcase a program and promote participation and engage a fan base. For instance, if an athletic program is holding a fundraiser athletes can quickly retweet the information causing information to spread quickly. Then, reminders can be tweeted and retweeted.
In my short time of using twitter, I have noticed that each athlete on my team engages in twitter. I have had alumni, fans and athletes on my team follow me to review information that I tweet regarding the program. The information that I tweet is shared and spread quickly across the twitter community.
Twitter. (n.d.). Retrieved October 25, 2014 from https://about.twitter.com
Personal web presence (PWP) is a great use of technology to showcase an individual’s personal, academic and professional development. A great example of a PWP is Michelle Culpepper’s webpage, www.mculpper.webbly.com. Her webpage is designed to reflect her professional development and achievements. A PWP is a great way to showcase an individual’s strengths, philosophies and goals as a professional. When looking at Michelle’s page I knew that she was driven and passionate about Sports Administration. I liked how she used her pictures, videos and layout to reflect her professionalism. I also liked that her layout was organized in a tasteful manner and would like to use a similar layout in my personal PWP. She emphasized words by using different font sizes and colors that catches the eye of the reader. Just like Michelle’s PWP, I also want my PWP to reflect my professional development. On the other hand, I did not like that she used an unprofessional profile picture, since this website was a reflection of her professionalism. I also would have not chosen to include my home address. Some information such as phone numbers and home addresses need to be kept private. Also, I would not copy her “about me” section, since I find it confusing and it lacks focus.
My name is Gianna Rossi-Hill, currently I am the women’s water polo coach at Fresno City College. As an undergraduate I studied at the University of California, Irvine and earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Ecology with a minor in Education. While attending UC Irvine I participated on their women’s water polo team. As an athlete I learned to prioritize time as a student athlete and learned to be responsible, reliable, organized and driven to succeed. As my experience and love for water polo grew, I knew that when I graduated I wanted to make a difference in other athlete’s lives through teaching physical education. During the past nine years I continued my love and passion for playing water polo by coaching.
Currently, I am attending Fresno Pacific University to earn my masters degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in physical education. My goal in this program is to focus on my personal and career development to become a better teacher and coach. With gaining a masters degree I am hoping to work full time at Fresno City College to help develop swimming and water polo programs in the Central Valley.