The growth and potential of apps excites me a little. They make things easier and accessible on the go without having to lug around a laptop. There are apps to share and listen to music, social media outlets and educational apps. Even though there area lot of similar apps in the entertainment categories, educational apps has really taken off. Google Classroom is an educational app that is designed to help teachers collect assignments with having to collect 30 papers. Students can keep track of what's due with just a click on their phone.Google Classroom makes everything easy for everyone. It is apps like this that get me excited about the potential of apps.
My first and only knowledge prior to this class about Wikis was Wikipedia. I never really trusted Wikipedia because I knew any and everybody could edit the information on the site. After researching and reading a couple of articles Wikis can do more to help education and educators then harm. With sites like Jotspot.com that allows members of a group to update info without anyone else editing it. This type of Wiki is great for education it will provide the world and field with solid information that can not be tampered with.
Networking is the key to growing in any career. On must be comfort with themselves in order to speak to different people about brighten and expanding their careers. One strategy is try and go to as many career related events as possible in your area. By doing so you will be able to meet and familiarize yourself with people in the same field as you. This will then create friendships that may led to jobs.
In the technology age networking has moved from face to face to apps and websites. There is nothing wrong with the change because now you can upload your resume on different sites Linkedin, Monster and even Facebook and connect with people all over the world. instead of networking with about 30 people in your area the internet or apps now can introduce you to hundreds of different people in a similar field as you.
Muse was the best wearable tech I saw and I feel it would be great in the sports setting. As a basketball coach the Muse wearable which is a headband that tracks students (players) brain activities onto a smartphone or tablet so it can detect what activities they might need to keep them focused on studying. The Muse would be a great thing to have as a basketball coach because it will allow me to see exactly what certain players or whole team is having trouble with. Whether it is a certain play or developmental drill one of my players is having a hard time understanding, the Muse headband will allow me to focus on these things and figure out a way to find results.
Even though the Muse wearable sounds great and has a lot of potential, it may not help with development and focus like we think. The Muse will be able to show us what a player or student needs to focus but as coaches we may not know how to fix it or help a player focus.
The difference I notice between Facebook and Linkedin is Linkedin is more professional and career based. Linkedin is used for networking with people in the same career or similar career as you. Where as Facebook is used to catch up with old friends, look at pictures and invite people to events you are having. They are both social medias but they are used for two totally different purposes.
In creating an app, I would create one for my team (players). The app would be based on plays. My players have a hard time sometimes running the plays we have out to the end, or seeing the openings I see in the plays. I will have an app that you can upload real game time footage and practice footage. My players will be able to watch the footage on the app anytime, slow it down and compare practice footage and game time footage. That will allow them to realize their mistakes and make corrections, it will also allow players to see openings I try to tell them about.
For a person like me that has a million and one things going on and wanting to accomplish a lot more but tend to forget about the small things that are important. I recommend Remember the Milk, the site and app will help you remember the little things that may slip your mind during the course of the day. I will experiment with this site for the next few weeks to see if it helps me remember the small things that I tend to forget on the daily basis.
Web 2.0 gives anyone with an computer and internet access the opportunity to get a education at their own pace. It gives students the chance to share ideas with other students on the web. There are tons of educational sites and apps that allow students to share work and ideas. The one site I found interesting is MentorMob, this site allow you to create a slideshow from videos and photos you grab off the web. This can help with group projects without having to meet up every other day. You will send a slideshow with notes to other members of the group and projects will be able to get done without having to meet up as much.
I didn't realize I used a lot of these tools a couple of times a day. The one tool I use everyday is Flipboard on my phone. What I like about Flipboard is you can set up exactly what you want to see everyday, and not have to worry about skipping pages of info you have no interest in. I actually learned about Khan Academy yesterday when a couple of students were playing on the website and enjoyed it. I do not think they realized they were doing math. They had a great time using and playing on the site.
If put into an uncomfortable situation, try not to remove yourself from it no matter how hard it may seem or may be. Great things will always happen. Never stop believing in yourself and anything is possible.
Podcast in education will be the new way teachers and professors conduct lectures and assign assignments. Students will have weekly lectures at their fingertips and will be able to revisit them on their own time. Being able to access and listen to a podcast from a professor at anytime a day over and over will help students understand something they only heard once. Podcast will hurt the traditional colleges and universities because there will be no need for class time, or a campus. The professor can easily upload from their homes and get the same point across.
The three technologies I will use once this course is over is My Facebook fan page, Twitter and my blog. These sites will help my brand as a coach grow as I try to move up the coaching ranks. My Facebook fan page is like my visual resume. I will be able to show future players how my team is doing with up to date pictures, stats and quotes from players without them going to the actual school's website.
Twitter has the most potential to help me and my brand grow. It has the ability to get me inside the minds of future players. I will be able to get insight on what players like and what is trending in the coaching world. I will be able to relate to players and hold different conversations based on what they tweeted and are tweeting about.
My blog will give players and coaches a personal and professional insight to my life. I will be able to talk about things that went on in practices and games and get a different view from someone that is in the same field as me. My blog will be an outlet for players to talk and get things off of their chest that may affect their play or personal lives.
In the article Social Networking in Undergraduate Education it says that Facebook is used as a learning tool and helps students engage in academic topics from the course. Even though Facebook is great for course interaction, it still has not taken the place of platforms like Moodle and Blackboard
During my time as an Undergraduate student the web was solely used for research purposes. Most of my professors did not want majority of the research done from online sites. Topics were always discussed in class and never left to be held online.
Some of the students I interact with says that Facebook and Twitter are their go to sites when needing to find information for a class. They feel they can get more insight on a topic if a couple dozen kids their age respond to the topic they posted. For the rest of the year and season I will try to incorporate Facebook and Youtube as a learning tool for my players and students.
Technology in education will affect the Always-On generation in a positive way. They will be able to connect with different types of educators in a matter of minutes. They will be able to solve problems that may take weeks to figure out in just a couple of days. The Always-On Generation will be able to have fun with education again. They will be able to make great advances in the world because technology will be at their fingertips.
Scoop.it is the personal learning network that I have decided to go with. Sccop.it is great because it gives me the opportunity to set up themed topics that best fits me professionally and personally. Sccop.it allows me to pick from a number of different articles and add my personal touch to it.
Today I had the pleasure in reading Jan-Michael Thomas' Personal Web Presence. What I noticed and enjoyed from his PWP, was he took you into his world of basketball. He let me as a reader know where he has been and what he is currently doing. I also like that he has a personal quote on his home page that states "The successful don't let the rain stop them" . I feel his PWP is professional because he has his resume and coaching philosophy posted. The feature I would copy is the professional insight he gives you when reading his blog.
I am usually online for about two hours a day and when I am online I try to pick up new things to help me as a coach and to help my players development. I visit usba.com which is a site that helps with players development and also has different ways to teach and approach the game of basketball. Another site I visit is Youtube.com, it helps me find new drills for my team.
Most of the time the internet helps me learn because I type in exactly what I need to look for and it shows up. As easy as it is to find what I am looking for online there are times when I am looking for something to teach my guys and highlights pop up from the recent games and I start watching them and forget about what I am looking for.
At this point in my life I found out that coaching basketball and teaching the game is what I am good at or think that I am good at. I can honestly say that I am in my "sweet spot" when I am in the gym with my guys. Whether on a game day or it is time to practice I feel most comfortable while teaching the game. Even though my strength is during my time in the gym, there are also times when I do feel uncomfortable in that element. I remember it like it was yesterday, my boys basketball team was losing the whole games and with about two minutes left we started to make a come back. Long story short we are down by one with just a couple a seconds left. I called a timeout and when my guys looked a me for the play to score I did not know what to do. I tried to draw up several plays and non of them looked right. We ended up losing the game because I was not comfortable drawing up a last second play.
As I become familiar with Twitter I have noticed you are connected to millions of people and millions of topics. Sports is one of the most debatable topics in the world with millions of different views. Twitter can put you into the minds of some of your favorite players and make you feel like you have a personal connection with them. It is one of the most highly used social media networks it is regularly used on SportCenter and Inside the NBA to name a few. With a blink of an eye I can look up scores and player reactions from sporting events around the world. I love the fact that I do not have wait to get home for scores and player reactions, I can easily log into my twitter account and find out what people and actual players are saying.
Good Day all,
My name is Ade Olanrewaju and The Right Direction is the name of my blog and my career path. I have been coaching Men's basketball for about five years now, two at the college level and three at high school level. It was not until the summer of my senior year of college when I realized I wanted to become a basketball coach. While playing I was not the most athletic player on the court but I was always one of the smartest. So coaching seemed like a easy transition for me.