Here is a link to my first podcast creation ever! I am always reluctant to do an audio recording because I generally do not like the sound of my voice. But, here it is! Super short. More to come in the future! Click on the link below!
There are many tools used to create visual resumes online. I used Resume Baking and created my own visually appealing resume. Check it out! Click on the link below.
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LinkedIn vs. personal web page
These are both great sites to use when designing a professional portfolio. Both sites have advantages and disadvantages, so it may be good to use both in order to get the most out of professional networking.
LinkedIn provides opportunities to professionally branch out and meet other people who have LinkedIn profiles and similar professions. This site allows you to connect with employers, co-workers, and other professionals at one convenient site. A personal web page, however, is dependent on how you branch your website to the world wide web and convince others to check out your web page and follow your blog posts. The blog posts are a great way to get ideas and professional experience out to the public. You can also manage and design your page whichever way you want. A LinkedIn profile only allows you to fill out information it provides for you. LinkedIn also does not allow you to post daily statuses like a personal web page blog.
As you can see, there are pros and cons in using both portfolio methods. It is best to use both so that you can get the most out of social networking. You want as many professionals as possible to view your professional web page and portfolio. Take the time to sign up for both and see which site works best for you!
There are several methods to develop professional networking strategies. Since just about everything is done over the internet, I will suggest ways to network through technology.
First of all, any kind of personal web page or social network page should be professional in looks and content. Set your profile to private if you have a post or picture of something you wouldn't want a potential employer to view. Keep your personal life separate from your professional life, especially over the internet.
Next, be sure to include all relevant information regarding your profession on your pages. Be sure to branch out and meet people with similar professions through web pages. Don't be shy with posting blogs about professional ideas and strategies. Be nice and professional with anyone you meet, either over web pages or in person. You never know who your potential boss might be.
Be sure to stay up-to-date with current professional information. For instance, my profession is physical education. I want to stay current with teaching methods and strategies by attending annual CAHPERD conferences across California. I also want to continue taking kinesiology graduate classes to learn more about physical education content and teaching methods. Present this information on your personal web page or social network page.
Last, continue to update your profiles and check them frequently to stay current with information and friendly with professionals you meet.
I never thought the word "wiki" and "education" would be intertwined without negative connotations. In secondary and higher education, I was taught to never use Wikipedia as a reference or citation. Now, as I'm reading articles titled Use of Wikis in Graduate Coursework and Considering a New Avenue of Communication: The Weblog, I view the use of wikis in a whole new light. I am a constant user of Wikipedia, myself. Whenever I want quick information about something I am curious about, or need some clarity on a new product I'm trying. However, I never thought it would be incorporated as a class assignment.
I love how the articles talked about using Wikipedia for group projects. I, myself, have never edited a wiki page, but it was interesting to learn the process of editing and accessing a Wikipedia page. The article Use of Wikis in Graduate Coursework concluded that collaborative work through wikis move learning from instructor-learning to student-learning (Bold, 2006, p. 12). Technology has evolved over the past decade and students may become more engaged in an assignment when they are allowed to use current and popular technological and internet tools. I love how teachers, in both secondary and higher education, are implementing technology assignments in their class. Gone are the days of old-fashioned paper and pencil assignments. Even quizzes and tests can be administered over the internet. The advancement of technology has allowed teachers to not only assign interesting and fun projects, such as group wiki assignments, but the collecting and organizing process of course work has been simplified and made faster through the internet.
Bold, M. (2006). Use of Wikis in Graduate Course Work. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 17(1), 5-14.
This is the first time I have ever created a LinkedIn account. The immediate difference I see between LinkedIn and Facebook is that LinkedIn is targeted toward a more professional profile, whereas Facebook leans more toward social usage. LinkedIn allows you to connect with similar people in your profession and posts job openings related to your profession as well. However, both LinkedIn and Facebook allow you to join 'groups' similar to your profession. LinkedIn also lets you view the people who have viewed your profile. I don't believe Facebook has this application, to the best of my knowledge.
LinkedIn is a very professional webspace. Facebook is a place for lots of pictures and social events to be posted and talked about. Facebook is also targeted toward younger individuals whereas LinkedIn is used mainly be professionals who want to expand their career through social networking. For example, I would rather have my professors, boss, and coworkers connect with me through LinkedIn rather than through Facebook. I would never think to post anything inappropriate to my Facebook account anyway, but I would rather have other professionals view my professional profile rather than my social profile.
Check out my professional profile and connect with me on LinkedIn. http://lnkd.in/bE77BuC
I had no idea there were so many apps for teachers to use for their class. I had an understanding of how technology is evolving and the impact it has on education today, but I wasn't aware of all the incredible apps available for teachers. For example, an app that can be useful for teachers, students, and parents is called the Remind 101 app. This app sends text messages to students and parents without giving away personal phone numbers and information. Teachers can send text messages, or SMS messages, to remind students of upcoming quizzes, activities, assignments, and any other important information. This app can also send text messages to parents reminding them of upcoming meetings or conferences. I think this would be an excellent app in today's technologically advanced society. Another great app I was reading about in the article Amazing Teacher and Educational iPad Apps for Educators is called Trello. This a group work app which allows teachers to assign labels, members, due dates, attach files and more.
I have yet to download any teacher apps to my iPhone but I am looking forward to implementing apps and technology in my physical education class. I am currently teaching summer school PE and our PE hours are very long and intensive. It would be awesome to assign my students an assignment that is connected to a downloaded app. I would love to eventually use the Trello app and assign my students group projects such as creating their own fitness routine or coordinating their own sports game plan. Remind 101 can be a great app to use, as I mentioned earlier, so that I can send messages to my students about class reminders.
Before I read the article The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education in 2012-So Far, I had no idea what Web 2.0 applications were. Upon reading the article and scanning the list of Web 2.0 Applications, I realized they were useful apps for educational tools. Many of them are photo, video, and audio editors, which is a great tool to use in a class when implementing podcasts, powerpoints, web pages, and so on. One interesting educational app that I came across is called TED Ed. which allows both teachers and students to create interactive quizzes. This would be a great educational tool to use as an assignment for students to create quizzes for their own classmates. Another great tool is called Hello Slide which allows you to add text to a slideshow and the narration will turn into a text-to-speech to provide audio to the slideshow. These are all great features and tools to use in the classroom with any subject; physical education, math, English, social science, history. However, my favorite educational application would have to be the Pandamian, which is a free tool to create an ebook. This application would be an excellent tool for a writing assignment. Students can create their own ebook and add to it each week until it is time to be turned in. Students can also leave comments on other students' ebooks.