Quickly, technology online has created endless tools for professionals to use to enhance their careers. As the Women’s Water Polo Coach at Fresno City College I have recently been learning more about how to use technology in my professional field and how it can enhance learning on my team. One tool that I have been using is social media. Every athlete on my team is an active Facebook and twitter user. Because they are constantly interacting with this application I am able to use the application as a learning tool to engage athletes in water polo related topics. I have posted both instructional video and announcements using these applications. I also, have been learning how to edit and share film using youtube. Watching game film allows athletes to watch mistakes, strengths and the overall game strategy played in that game. Also, I have downloaded applications that have the ability to voice over film. This gives me the capability to send out game segments to specific athletes or voice over an entire game. Voicing over a game saves time, allows athlete to reflect and use problem solving techniques to analyze game film. Finally, I can also apply podcast to my coaching. Today I created my first podcast regarding my Fresno City College Women’s Water Polo team. As a coach I can send out game and practice recaps, messages, interviews and goals. The use of technology in coaching does not end here, but, it does start my journey towards enhancing my profession with the use of technology.
Podcasts are a great tool for professors to use to increase learning amongst students. A podcast is an audio recording that is posted through either iTunes or Google play and can be played on Apple devices, computers or MP3 players. Some Colleges and Universities have adopted technology within their classrooms by posting podcast of the lectures. Podcasts allow students to listen to the audio recording multiple times. The idea is to allow students to learn at their own rates, study efficiently and retain information from lectures. When I was an undergraduate at University of California, Irvine I remember some teachers went out of their way to record their entire lectures and post copies of their lectures in the libraries. I never checked out a lecture because I thought it was too much of a hassle plus, I was attending class and had lecture notes. If my professors at UC Irvine had recorded a podcast I would have used the podcast as a study tool. Technology has come a long way in a short 5 years and the possibilities of using technology to increase learning efficiency are growing quickly.
Here is a glimpse of the hard work and effort FCC Women's Water Polo team puts out in their morning weights work out. Go Rams!
Two very different articles talk about how social media affects learning in education. Dan Anderson (2012) article “Elon studies the future of ‘Generation Always-On’” discusses the negative effects of learning from the World Wide Web and Nicole A. Buzzetto-More (2012) journal article “Social Networking in Undergraduate Education” discusses the positive benefits of incorporating social media in education. According to Anderson (2012) the World Wide Web has a negative effect on the younger generation. Explaining that this younger generation’s brains are wired differently to quickly respond, have little patience, unable to focus and thrive by multitasking (Anderson, 2012). In Nicole A. Buzzetto-More’s (2012) study found that students felt that Facebook can be used as a tool that enhances academic development. Students gained higher levels of support from peers in the social media interactions (Buzzertto-More, 2012).
In my personal experience, social media has proven to be a growing trend among the younger generation. Because it is a growing trend I think education needs to capitalize on the endless sources that technology has to offer and incorporate social media in education. On my women’s water polo team at Fresno City College I have witnessed the importance of social media interaction with gaining social support through their social media activity.
Recently, I created a Facebook fan page online for my women’s water polo team at Fresno City College. I have been afraid of social media that I have ignored the positive benefits that were attached. First of all, everyone in my program has a Facebook account and I never understood the benefits of engaging them in a social media atmosphere. The first week the page was up it received over 60 likes and the women in my program loved the idea of “showcasing” the program. The page shows what the team is doing, updates and shares pictures of the team. The page has given the team a feeling of social support and closer feeling of connection within the group. Social media needs to be seen and used as a tool to promote and share information. Now with this Facebook page my athletes are able to share the information FCC Women’s Water Polo team is doing quickly with friends and family. Because I think social media is a tool to enhance education, I agree with Buzzetto-Moore (2012) findings that social media can be used to positively enhance education.
My only concern is that social media can be a huge distraction to learning and the ability to be accountable to retaining important information. As a Facebook user I can understand how social media can quickly steal minutes to hours away from a day. I can understand the worry with incorporating social media and not being able to control a student’s focus to a single task. Also, since information comes from a push of a bottom people do not need to retain information anymore. They simply need to look up the answers online. Last week on the local television news station, I watched how a new phone application has the ability to read and answer advanced mathematical problems. Advanced technology like this scares me because it socially makes learning unpopular and meaningless. Andersons (2012) article is based off opinions and concerns about the upcoming generation rather than research based information. We as humans are afraid of the unknown, and are notorious for back lashing the next generations for their possible shortcomings.
Anderson, D. (2012). Elon studies the future of “generation always-on.” Retrieved from http://www.elon.edu/E-Net/Article/59585
Buzzetto-More, N.A. (2012). Social networking in undergraduate education. Interdisciplinary Journal of Information, Knowledge, and Management, 7, 1-26. Retrieved from http://www.ijikm.org/Volume7/IJIKMv7p063-090Buzzetto611.pdf
FCC Women's Water Polo Team Gives Back
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