This is my favorite commercial out right now because of the message that it sends.  It is Michael Jordan talking to a group of young athletes.  If you know anything about Michael Jordan you know that he is the greatest basketball player to ever play the game.  What a lot of people might not know about him is that he faced adversity very early in his basketball career and had to work very hard to overcome and succeed.  This video talks about that all of the work put into his game that people never saw.

     I had already had a little bit of an idea about what podcasting could be used for in education after viewing the course overview video at the beginning of this class.  It seemed as though Professor Sailor has come a long way from "listening to chemistry lectures on tape while driving in his white Mustang" (Hoagland, 2007).  All three of these articles provided examples of how podcasting has a positive effects on education.
     Using Podcasts as Audio Learning Objects was more of a "how to" podcast and how it will apply in the classroom setting.  One point that Cebeci and Tekdal made really caught my eye.  They stated that "learning through listening keeps students engaged because it is less tedious than reading" (2006).  Because of this students are able to listen to these podcasts and learn virtually anywhere.  Podcasts making learning possible anywhere was a theme in all of the articles, but it was centralized in Doug Hoagland's article titled Getting their iLessons.  Fresno State University's undergraduate kinesiology department has been using podcasts as a means for students to be involved with class even when they are away from class.  This is innovative in that with activities such as athletics, fraternities, sororities and jobs pulling students away from class podcasts are available for students to attend class without being present. 
     Out of the three articles I found that Deborah L. Vess' study, History to Go: Why iTeach with iPod, had the most insight on using podcasts as an educational tool.  In a survey conducted after the study was completed students were asked to answer questions regarding using podcasts in their classes.  The first positive feedback came from a female student who was having trouble writing and listened to her podcast in order to clean up her writing and correct grammatical errors.  Many of the students enjoyed the multiple methods of learning because it allowed students who learned differently to process information in several different ways.  Podcasts also "freed up class time so that students were able to have class discussion" (2006).  Through these discussions they were able to share ideas and develop higher order thinking skills.  They were able to do this because of the fact that they had already listened to the lecture outside of class and were ready to discuss it in class.
    The underlying theme in all of the articles seemed to be the learning community created by the idea sharing and feedback between students on their podcasts.  This seemed to imply that because of the  students were more willing to collaborate outside of the classroom setting than when they were in a classroom setting everyday

     I will be the first to admit that before this class my internet
use consisted of logging onto Facebook to see if any of my ball player friends had written me, then to shop online for golf equipment and then to check my email.  Other than these activities I never had much use for the internet.  This class has opened my eyes to the different uses of the internet thanks in part to the development of Web 2.0.  At first the only reason that I was on the internet trying out new technologies because I was required to by assignments for class.  The more tools I used, the more I began to formulate ideas about how I would
transfer  these technologies from my education to my career.

     The biggest difference that I have noticed between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 is that with Web 1.0 the main role of the user was that of a consumer and that was the only interaction that was going on with the exception of emailing.  Web 2.0 promotes communicating and collaborating among users which promotes learning and the sharing of ideas.  Now the user has something to contribute to the online community other than money.  Because of the new atmosphere online there are also different types of relationships that are built.  In the past most of the relationships online were that of buyer and seller and now there is more going on that just online retail.  Now people are using the internet for business meetings, study groups and networking.  The internet today is so much more dynamic and can be applied to many different aspects of life.

At this point in the course I would have to say that there are two pieces of new technology that can have an effect and will continue to affect my career.  These new additions to my daily grind are Twitter and Instagram.

Twitter can be an extremely valuable tool in the field of coaching for several reasons.  First and foremost it provides a team with exposure by notifying fans of games, fundraisers and any other events where fans can come out and support their favorite sports program. 
With so many athletes on Twitter coaches can use Twitter as a means of mass communication to share practice plans, travel itineraries or other announcements.  

The other tool that can be utilized in coaching is Instagram.  The biggest reason that Instagram can be helpful to a coach is that it allows fans to familiarize themselves with the players on a team via pictures and captions and throughout the season.  I most recently used Instagram to chronicle our baseball team’s run through the California State Playoffs.  Our fans enjoyed seeing pictures of our players on the bus and at the different locations.

What makes both of these technologies so accessable and convenient for coaches is the fact that they are both mobile device based applications.  This makes it easy to take and post pictures and comments on the road.  The other thing that makes these two extremely convenient is that a user is able to link their Instagram account to their Twitter account.  I know for a fact that I will be using both of these forms of social media for years to come because I will be able to use them on the go and will only need my phone to send news and pictures to fans.

I had quite a few surprises while perusing through this list.  The title was the first item that caught my eye, mostly because I did not know that there were 100 different online or computer based technologies for learning all together.  The fact that there was a “top 100” implied that there were many more technologies out there, most of which I had no
idea existed.  The next thing about this list that caught me off guard was the fact that of the 100 programs on the
list I had used or am still currently using 25 of them.  Many of these programs I use on a daily basis, if not multiple times a day.

 The biggest initial shock for me came when I saw that three of the top ten tools were Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. 
However, upon reflection of everything we have learned about learning through collaboration using Twitter and Facebook it made sense that these forms of social media would also be some of the most valued online tools for
learning.  I should have known that Youtube might also have been high on the list as well seeing as one of the first
assignments in this class was a link to Youtube to watch a video overview of the class.  The deeper we go into this
class and more online features we talk about, the more I discover how narrow my use of the internet really is.

Elon University conducted a study in which over 1,000 technology stockholders were given a survey and asked to discuss the future of "the hyperconnected" generation.  The results of the survey rendered a roughly 50 percent positive outlook to a 50 percent negative outlook.  

There are a number of potential positive effects in store for the "AO" generation.  The first positive to the future is that all of the social networking and online experience is just getting them ready for the direction that the work force is going in.  The ability to multitask is becoming an asset in the job market and young people are learning how to do that well when they chat with a friend on one page, listen to music and search an item on Google at the same time. 

There are a couple main arguments for those stockholders who felt the future would yield negative results.  The first was that because this group of young people have been brought up with every resource they could ever want at their fingertips they will not be patient enough to use critical thinking in order to solve a problem.  The biggest fear that some are predicting is that young people are becoming so dependent on technology that if we were to ever lose it we as humans would become functionally useless because of that dependence.

I am very much on the fence with this topic and how it will affect education and the job market in the future.  I do believe that the way jobs and education are going it is becoming increasingly important to know how to use technology.  On the other hand we are losing skills that used to be second nature.  While young people are able to set up entire web pages that do not know about looking someone in the eyes when they speak to them.  In order for Generation Always on to be successful in the future they will have to use their skills in technology and meld them with the offline way of solving problems.
The article describes a study done by Nicole Buzzetto-More at University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  The study monitored the perception of students using Facebook for class discussions as opposed to Blackboard.  Findings from the survey taken proved that students did in fact believe that using Facebook as an educational tool did help build learning communities, build relationships within the learning community and engage students.

I have also had experience using Facebook for educational means.  During my undergraduate studies, classmates and I used Facebook as a work space for a group project.  We used a private group message board as a workshop to post our different assigned tasks in order to collaborate and improve our own assignments.  I found this to be very helpful because everyone was able to get their work done and post it to the group message board.  We set deadlines for drafts of assignments so that we were all on the same page and were able to work on our own time and post in time for the deadline.  Having posted deadlines on the message board was extremely helpful because everyone knew when they were suppose to get their assignment done and could work around their personal schedules to get their work done.

Facebook has the potential to be a very important resource for learning.  The main reason being that almost every college student operates their own page and is familiar with how Facebook works.  Because of this there is no acclamation period for students and therefore no anxiety about using it in an educational setting.  One of the questions in the Buzzetto-More's study revealed that a majority of students spent 3-10 hours a week socially networking, which means that they are always checking for notifications and updating their page.  Most of these students have access to their FB page via their cellular device and thus are able to receive notifications at any given time.  This can make it easier for instructors to post discussions and notify their students of upcoming assignments at any time. 

I am in complete agreement with the article on the need for Blackboard even with the use of Facebook as an educational tool.  Facebook should be used as a tool for building a learning community and getting to know classmates while collaborating.  Blackboard still needs to be there for the actual assignments a
I wanted to dedicate this post to my man Leo over to the left.  My girlfriend and I just went and watched "The Great Gatsby" last night and it was fantastic so I thought it was only fair to pay tribute to Mr. Gatsby via my funny photo.  The film itself was an awesome portrayal of the "roarin' 20's" blended with some modern flavor.  I like to think that he is explaining to someone how much people have enjoyed his recent films using a picture of a very happy me. 

This is yet again a form of social media that I have tried to avoid like the plague.  Not because I feel that the entire concept is pointless, but because of the way that photo sharers choose to use it.  Mainly, the endless mirror and shirtless photos that people feel like "blessing" their followers with.  After researching all of the photo sharing sites I became interested as I looked at each one and thought about which one would translate the best to my lifestyle and intent of use.

I chose to go with Instagram because of the fact that I am on the go constantly and this photo sharing program is meant to be used via a mobile device.  This is very convenient for me to keep both my followers updated on events that might interest them or in order to invite them to an event.  Outside of alerting people of upcoming events or of an awesome place I am visiting I don't see me having any further uses for photo sharing.  That being said I still feel that it is a pretty convenient and intriguing tool for what I want to use it for. 

I decided that it was only fitting to make my first photo that I shared of my team.  We are on our way down to Fresno this weekend to play in the California Junior College Baseball Final Four State Tournament this weekend.  This is a very exciting time for our program as this is only the second time that we have reached the Final Four in the program's history.  I snapped a photo using Instagram via my cell phone of our boys on the bus right before we pulled out of the parking lot.  They are a goofy group but, they play hard and we (the coaching staff) are very proud of them.
I felt as though the best way to approach this assignment was to choose the Personal Learning Network or "PLN" that would best fit the way that I would want to interact, network and endorse through my site.  The PLN that I chose to create my area of interest through was  I decided that this would be the best PLN for me simply because of the fact that I choose the topic and the site feeds me stories and I am able to pick and choose what I want to display on my page.  The main reason that I chose was solely on the fact that I wouldn't have to spend time that I really don't have searching for stories about my topic of interest.  Being able to link my Personal Learning Network to my Personal Web Presence was fantastic as well because the two go hand in hand.  I chose to use both the RSS feed at the top of my home page and a "Amateur Baseball News" Button link on the home page as well to link my PLN to my PWP.  It is a primitive technique for linking, but it will work for now until I decide to change it.

    Kyle Wise

    I am 25 years old, in my 3rd season as an assistant baseball coach at the Junior College level and love guiding young adults as they chase down their dreams.


    June 2013
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