There are many different Online Productivity tools out there that can help an individual conveniently keep track and hold themselves accountable with many different tasks and goals in life. A tool that I have used for financial purposes is www.mint.com. With this website you can connect bank accounts and budget yourself monthly. You can even set goals for saving money, and set reminders that will give you updates on your progress. Evernote is another tool that is great, and the head coach I work with utilizes it very well. We use it by distributing practice plans to coaching staff via text message or email. The system can actually sync notes, webpages and other sources in a "cloud" server for
My Technology in Kinesiology course has introduced me to a number of tools that can be very useful for personal and professional development. The personal learning network (PLN), Facebook Fan Page and this Personal Web page are the ones I have enjoyed the most thus far. The PLN has allowed me to create a central site where I am fed updates from the many different news and blog sites that I regularly visit. This is very convenient because I can see everything at once and it cuts down on the time I browse the web. The Facebook Fan page is great because I have been able to promote my high school basketball team. We have had some struggles with fan support despite the improvement and success we have had within the last couple seasons. I am looking for the fan page to generate more people to come out and support. As I am still getting used to the tools of my Personal Web Page, I foresee it creating many opportunities as I promote myself for career development. Long after the class is over my intent is to create many blogs that include updates for my team and expressing my thoughts and views on many aspects
Engagement...Retention...Creativity...Convenience. The articles "Using Podcasts as Audio Learning Objects" (Cebeci and Tekedal, 2006) and "Getting Their iLessons" (Hoagland, 2007, February 7) really stress the importance of engaging students into curriculums and being creative in showing what they learn. For educators, this is a convenient tool that can cut down on the redundancy of classroom lectures, and also present information in a concise manner. This is convenient for students as well because they can access these podcasts at any time of the day. Oddly enough, this may actually seem like a more personal environment than the classroom setting because you can have the teacher repeat anything without wasting anyone else's time.
"History to Go: Why iTeach with iPods" (Vess, 2006) talks about using iPods to deliver course material, because of how people are so connected to these devices. In addition, implementing podcasts with this tool allows students to verbally deliver their reports and reflections of course materials, further developing verbal communication skills. Typically people Podcasts would be a lot more fun than writing and typing reports.
Dan Anderson, staff member at Elon College, wrote the article "Generation Always-On" back in 2012. Generation AO refers to the generation of kids who are in their teens to those in their twenties. This AO generation is described as having a continuous connection to each other and to information, through means of the internet or even the cell phone.
The article actually angered me cause even though this generation is always on, they are rarely in. That is, in the moment. In fact there are plenty of people of various age groups that are rarely in the moment. Ever have a face to face conversation with someone and they are also talking to someone else through text? Or even on Facebook? These people are not in the moment to appreciate the person who is actually in front of them, or the environment around them. They chose to appreciate the virtual world at their fingertips.
Don't get me wrong, I love the evolution of technology and the world wide web. Anyone who has access can get quick results with whatever their inquiry may be. Whether if its asking a friend a question with a quick text, or looking up the definition of a new word. Unfortunately, this reduces the ability to develop the skill of patience. Yes, patience is a skill that is always developing. I consider myself one of the most patient people I know, but I still have my moments. But if someone is so used to instant gratification and results, how are they going to appreciate the process of obtaining long term goals?
It is okay to embrace the convenience of modern technology, but if abused in education it can affect how people learn from one another. The convenience allows for short, quick responses that may not be well thought out. Students need to make sure to embrace real human interaction that provides depth, as well as respect of interpersonal relations.
Yes, I do believe social networking is a way to party. Just like going to nightclubs, bars, or houseparties, people have a chance to let their hair down and have a great time. You have the opportunity to mingle with current and old friends, and meet new ones. Facebook and Twitter are examples of websites the provide this opportunity.
The article Social Networking in Undergraduate Education (Buzzetto-More, N. 2012) summarizes different surveys taken of students about the impact of social networking on learning and interpersonal relationships. Many students found that social networking increases engagement when educators use it in their programs. It provides an opportunity to learn and conveniently engage with other pupils with similar goals. I wish this opportunity was available when I was and undergrad because the majority of my down time was social networking. It would have been much easier to reach out and bounce ideas off other students, and I would have been able to multi-task. Nowadays, I do take advantage of social networking to learn, because on a daily basis people are constanlty posting news articles and educational information. I also use it to strengthen my interpersonal relationships with indivuals of like interests.
I set up my Personal Learning Network (PLN) throughout www.bloglines.com. Two blogs I have subscribed to so far are Jon Gordon and Basketball For Coaches. Jon Gordon's blog offers much needed insight on personal development, while Basketball For Coaches provides a lot of insight on professional development for basketball coaches. I have also subscribed to ESPN, and plan to add more news related sites to subscribe to. Bloglines is certainly a convenient way to group all of your favorite sites into one location without having to go fishing for them everyday; a "o
The internet is a wonderful platform for learning. It provides easy access to many resources, and all it takes is a few simple key strokes to get to them. Search engines, online libraries and so many other destinations are readily available for people to take advantage of. Everyday I find myself using google to find answers to trivia questions, online dictionaries to find definitions, or even going to coaching forums to research new basketball plays. There is so much available on the world wide web to help individuals develop as scholars and professionals. Modern technology in general has made it easy for students to learn, and educators to teach. Online classes have made it convenient for people to complete programs with busy lives. iPads and tablets have reduced the amount of books students need drag around.
Facebook and Twitter are sites I use to follow authors, motivational speakers and basketball forums to increase my knowledge. Two of my favorite people to follow are Jon Gordon and John C. Maxwell. Both are author who focus on motivation and leadership. I have also read a number of their books. Both use Facebook and Twitter to post inspirational messages that I use to help my growth and development. I also follow a number of basketball coaches: Mike Dunlap, Sean Miller, and Tom Crean just to name a few. These coaches will post bits of information about their craft that I use to learn from. A website that I frequently follow is Basketball For Coaches. The site is a blog/forum in which many contributors post notes from coaching clinics, play sets and other useful information to help others develop their craft.
YouTube is a great website for learning, but also a great website to waste time. Many times I use YouTube to look up basketball drills and motivational videos. I also use this website for silly entertainment. Music videos and blooper clips tend to distract me from the educational benefits the website can provide. However I am not ashamed that I do this since I feel I am entitled to entertain myself from time to time.
Marcus Buckingham is a motivational speaker whose messages are geared towards individuals developing their strengths, because that is where we have the most opportunity to grow and be impactful. He does not necessarily say to ignore our deficiencies, but focusing too much time on them can potentially hinder the growth of where we are truly gifted.
I feel that I am highly impactful in all areas in my life. One of my biggest strengths is my attention to detail. As an analyst at my 9-5 job, I am highly impactful with reviewing work plans, budgets and many documents that come across my desk. I am also very efficient with being detail oriented and waste very little time. However, the position where I am in my "sweet spot" is being a basketball coach. My attention to detail comes to fruition here because I am also able to teach skill development and many different aspects of basketball. In addition, patience and the ability to relate to my players allows me to be highly impactful in that environment.
At work, I don't necessarily feel I am totally out of my areas of strength, but at the moment I am definitely not being used to the fullest capacity. Being stuck in a cube behind a computer for 90% of the day does not exactly expose my greatest strengths. However, I am fairly new in my position and there is plenty of room for me to grow there if I were to choose to stick in out in the long run.
I totally agree with Buckingham's focus. When we go through life working to maximize our strengths, we become happier and get closer to realizing our purpose in life.