I created my facebook fan page in support for my KIN 710 graduate course as well as professional marketing purposes. This fan page is dedicated to my training and coaching principals. I'm excited about the continued growth and support for my future business. These technological tools truly work well!
The article, "Always on" by Elon University reveals the truth into the lives of today's hyper connected youth. In the article it states, "they have grown up in a world that has come to offer them instant access to nearly the entirety of human knowledge, and incredible opportunities to connect, create and collaborate." It goes to show that our youth is technologically advanced and if the time spent on the social media was used in collaboration towards benefiting the educational system then its a win win scenario.
Then the article goes into depth by covering concerns amongst other universities and well known educational professionals, “there is a palpable concern among these experts that new social and economic divisions will emerge as those who are motivated and well-schooled reap rewards that are not matched by those who fail to master new media and tech literacies". The new communication tools make life challenges both good and bad with the ability to focus and think critically a harder task at hand. This article brought forth interesting topics and mentioned how dependent we've all become on the internet.
Social Networking in Undergrad Education
The article “Social Networking in Undergraduate Education,” puts a strong perspective as to why social media can be affective in and out of the classroom. Author More states, “In order to develop learning communities with increased student engagement, educators are increasingly adopting the use of social networks to supplement teaching and learning in both fully online as well as traditional classroom learning environments” (Buzetto-More, 2012). The impact of online networks, learning and teaching can be used productively and beyond contemporary views towards a creative teaching aid in the classroom and in one’s profession.
The impact of social media networking can place positive and negative outcomes in the classroom and in one’s profession. In this article, “educators seek ways to bridge the perceived technological chasm between tutor and tutee. How does one define Web-based social networking? In its simplest form, social network services are computer applications that support the complex arrangement of connected nodes (people) with tools for storing and presenting information as well as communicating, connecting, and interacting with others” (Buzzetto-More, 2012).
Social media networks are so powerful and have the opportunity to enhance the educational experience especially with continuous support of social learning. “The current generation of students are digital natives who have been raised in a web-enriched world where omnipresent technologies play an integral role in human life and where new innovations are quickly absorbed and assimilated. Digital natives have been interacting with digital technologies from an early age, generally appreciate the value of technology, are quick to adopt new technologies, seek out opportunities for implementing technological change, and are comfortable with social media” (Buzzetto-More, 2012).
In essence, social networking can be a great benefit to our educational system and profession. As author More states, “social networking services are increasingly being used by educators as teaching and learning tools that supplement traditional classroom environments as they provide new opportunities for enriching existing curriculum through creative, authentic and or flexible nonlinear learning experiences. From chat rooms, discussion forums, blogs and wikis, services like Facebook, and or virtual world’s like Second Life, social networking tools are being meaningfully added to curriculum” (Buzzetto-More, 2012).
Buzzetto-More, N. A. (2012). Social Networking in Undergraduate Education. Interdisciplinary Journal of Information, Knowledge, and Management, 7. Retrieved January 8, 2013, from http://www.ijikm.org/Volume7/IJIKMv7p063-090Buzzetto611.pdf (http://www.ijikm.org/Volume7/IJIKMv7p063-090Buzzetto611.pdf)
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I just registered and created my flickr account! Used it for the first time and linked it to my PWP. Here's my Flickr photo of CrossFit Games Competitor Julie Foucher!
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Professional learning networks vs Personal learning networks.
I use my professional/personal instagram as means of a professional learning network by communicating with other professionals in my field. I stay in continuous contact, updated on technological advances, training methods and receive news or updates from my favorite sites/organizations. I do this all on one network, keeping matters simple.
As a trainer and coach, I follow and network with other prominent coaching organizations or noteworthy coaches. For my particular resource to follow I chose scoop.it
Micro-blogging in the education/athletics setting is quite new to me.
Change can be good and I'm excited on expanding my technical skills in FPU's graduate program.
Technology in Kinesiology at FPU has already opened my mind to so much.