Click below for a link to where I've also posted this podcast on an audio sharing platform called SoundCloud.
Podcast on SoundCloud
This class has so far shown me that there are a lot of tools out there to disseminate information to my 'community'. I am currently not at teacher, but I feel like I do have an educational role as it pertains to my student athletes and their health and well being. By experiencing different ways that I can share information I'm learning what is user friendly to me and what is not. I'm also learning what formats may be useful to me and what formats may not be so useful.
Having a Facebook fan page, a twitter account, and now an Instagram account has proven to be a good way for me to continue to reach out to my community. When I debuted this blog I had a few students comment to me that they thought this might be 'kind of cool'. They expressed that they would like for me to post info about scores and highlights as well as about various injuries and things that are happening to our athletes at Sage Hill. I think I will continue a bi-monthly posting on this blog of various information after the conclusion of this class.
I think one of the biggest things I've learned throughout this class is that I'm not nearly as technologically savvy as I thought I was. I easily get flustered by things I have to do, things I have to download and sometimes I feel like I'm just clicking and opening at random! I am aware of various technologies but I really didn't know how all of them worked and how I could use them for my benefit. Sure, social media is something I've used, but not to its fullest capabilities. I'm looking forward to learning a lot more over the next few weeks that I can extend outside of this class.
Web 2.0 tools in Education
Web 2.0 in education can be tricky at times. At Sage Hill we recognize that as coaches, faculty, and staff members we are 'automatic reporters' as required by law. This means that if we 'see', witness, overhear, or are disclosed to any information that negatively or illegally involves a child and their wellbeing that we are required to report that information to the proper authorities. When young people post so much about themselves online it puts us, the educators, in a position to know more about their lives than ever before. At Sage Hill we have a policy that prohibits us (coaches, ATs, teachers, staff members) from 'friending' or 'following' our current students online. I think this is a good policy. It is also the main reason why Trainer Meaghan has a fan page and not a personal Facebook page.
On the other hand I believe that Web 2.0 can have a positive impact on education as there are so many other ways of receiving information. Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. all have ways of sharing and providing links to information that students can use to further understand concepts as well as to make them relatable to them in this day and age.
Top 100 Tools for Learning
Looking through the Top 100 Tools for Learning was eye opening. So many of the sites such as Google Search, YouTube, Facebook, and Linked In do not instantly come to mind when I think of educational or ‘learning tools’. Other tools such as Word, PowerPoint, and Google Scholar are what I think of as more traditional learning tools. I was surprised at how many of the top 100 tools that I use on a daily and weekly basis. Before I began this masters degree program I was a regular user of 26 of the various tools. Now as a student once again, I am frequently using 35-40 of the tools every week. This has made me realize how much more I could be doing as an educator and to think of creative ways to use these tools that already exist.
I feel as if the concept of education has stayed the same since I was in a traditional educational setting but the main difference is the ease of finding information and the versatility of the tools to help facilitate the learning process. I think as a educator it will be important to know what tools are out there so that I can experiment with different ways of finding and sharing information with my student community.
YouTube is a great tool that I have had the experience of using as an instructor as well as as a student. Several years ago I co-taught a couple of lab courses at Chapman University. During one of the courses we created an assignment where our students had to create a video showing how to properly complete a first aid proficiency. They had a lot of fun making their videos and I enjoyed grading them because of the entertainment value.
Below is a video that I found on YouTube that does a good job talking about the profession of Athletic Training while still being entertaining. It also has a Michael Jackson song....so how could you possibly go wrong with that?