The tool I use to get Athletic statistics is good ol I'm able to review stats on a plethora of sports. In college I was more of a sports head and I was a football fanatic. I would keep up with the Ranking and standing of teams. If it were my favorite team i would go even further to get the stats of various positions on the team. So if I ever get the itch to look into statistics in football I always go to ESPN.
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The benefits of a professional portfolio are the sharing power and documentation of previous work. You are able to share your portfolio with individuals who may want to enlist your services. It’s also beneficial to have access to some of your best work so you can look back on your accomplishments and grow further more in your craft. The benefits of LinkedIn are to network with other professionals and share it on a big platform. The benefit of a person web site is the control you have in sharing information. You can place tabs on your site that gives the viewer the best chance at getting an understanding of you and your professional endeavors. All 3 methods have their benefits, but there are also cons to these 3 methods as well.  Professional Portfolios are usually given to a specific individual and you have to make various copies of your professional portfolio to share with more than one company.  LinkedIn  and personal web sites shares your profile with everyone so anyone has access to your work and your accomplishments can be easily duplicated by others and it can make you seem ordinary when you were originally extraordinary until everybody else seen your extraordinary representation and did the same thing.

In my experience in professional networking strategies. Ive utilized Facebook to as a forum and Ive also attended various events related to my profession. For example, Ive utilized Facebook by creating professional groups to communicate with one another to work toward a specific goal. This group has allowed us to support one another and brainstorm off of one another with business ideas. Another strategy I use is attending various related events. For example, I attended a professional development and I met other dance teachers and coaches. One of the teachers I met was the dance professor at El Camino College Compton Center. Compton Unified School District, Compton Center and Cal state Dominguez hills network with one another,  so we can expose the high school students to various Arts program at different educational levels. We also network with Compton dance Theatre Foundation. Students will get exposure to professional dancer in the company and explore additional options in their dance experience.
The article “I thought wiki were creatures from star wars” gave me better insight on the definition of Wiki. Before reading the article I didn’t know what wiki’s meant, however I did hear about Wikipedia but I never knew that anybody could contribute and edit the content on the Wikipedia.  Wiki allows for easy editing by multiple authors, including those who are not very technoliterate (Sailor, 2006). Wiki is beneficial in education because it assist students working on group projects without meeting up. Each individual in the group has access to edit documents.

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Facebook and LinkedIn differ from one another because  one is a forum specifically for business and the other is more personal. Ive been a member of Facebook since 2004 or 2005 when only college students could become members of Facebook. It was a cool way to meet other college students and share your thoughts and photos.  Now we can connect with anyone on Facebook. You can control  how much access an individual has on your page and block people from being able to find you. I share my thoughts and family photos on Facebook but i would never share that on LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a forum strictly for professional networking. You can showcase your business, establish connections, grow your network by joining groups, and show your expertise.  As I was browsing through my LinkedIn account I noticed there was an option to recommend someone. By recommending service providers, colleagues, and business partners: It helps them win clients, hire and/or get hired, shares your knowledge with other professionals, strengthens your relationships and your network. Ive been a member of LinkedIn since 2009 and I don't visit my page often. I know it's beneficial in the professional community and one day I may a develop a liking for the page. But until then Facebook has been my go to site for everything personal and business. 
Personal web presence can be enhanced through displaying your best work on your profile.  Creating web presence is a good way to track your success via the web. Things that should be included in a PWP are: About me, Blog, Philosophy, Sample Work and the Journey.  “About me” should include work history, education, affiliations and accolades. The “blog” should give them an insight of who you are as an individual without getting to personal, Things such as your experiences:  on a mission’s trip, donating blood, or teaching kids to dance.  “Philosophy” should explain you’re objectives, methods of meeting your objectives, how you intend to measure the effectiveness and your why.  Sample work should only display your best work not all of your work, just a fraction of your best work (so it doesn’t overwhelm you viewer). Lastly the Journey should include a project you’ve worked on and display the start of the project, the process and the ending product of the project.

I have many apps on my phone to help make life just a little more convenient. Some of the apps include fitness pal, pink pad, Pandora, Instagram, group me and banking apps. Just recently I added an app to assist in education, I thought it was really cool. The app I recently added is called "Remind 101". I wish I would have known about this app a tad sooner. This app helps teachers stay in contact with students and their parents via text. The teachers number will not appear in the text message. Everyone uses their phone for more than talking these days, and the majority of people who own phones have smart phones, which helps them add apps on their phone.  This app is amazing because some parents do not have assess to a computer but they can receive text. I always want to keep an open line of communication with  parents and if i can do that without exposing my phone number, this app is the way to go.
After reviewing the top 100 list for learning tools, I found it interesting that I already utilize a several of these tools for personal learning and to assist in some of my lessons. I currently use a plethora of the tools on the list:
  1. Twitter
  2. Facebook 
  3. Pinterest 
  4. YouTube
  5. Dropbox
  6.  gmail
  7. LinkedIn
  8. Google maps
  9.  Android phones and tablets
  10. Google apps
  11. Google translator
  12. Skype
  13. Google drive
  14. Word
  15. Word Press
  16. Moodle
  17. Powerpoint
  18. Google search
Out of the tools listed above I have favorites, least favorites, some that I use often for personal learning and others I use to assist in my lessons. The tools I use least (least favorite) are Twitter, LinkIn, and WordPress. I tried to get into the twitter rush but it didn't tickle my fancy. I was used to facebook format. I signed up on LinkIn in 2009 and all I did was sign up. I understand its a professional social network but I don't find much interest in this tool at the moment. Maybe I will gain an appreciation for it later.I signed up for word press while I was in my credential program and at the time it was a wonderful tool to document my first year in teaching, but after the program my frequency in logging in decreased and now I don't log in at all. After being introduced to weebly I like that format better than word press and once I travel abroad I want to use weebly as a tool to document my journey. The tools I use the most (favorites) are Facebook, Youtube, Moodle, word, android phone, Skype and Google search. I value the other tools importance but those tools aren't my favorites nor my least favorites but I utilize them when needed.

The tools I use for personal learning are youtube, google, pinterest and moodle. In my experience using these tools, Ive learned how to cook and crochet on pinterest and youtube. Google search is like my own personal assistant whenever I have a question about business location, contact information, current events, and random questions I utilize google search. Moodle is a course management system and it allows me to stay in contact with professors, classmates and to be informed about upcoming assignments. The tool I use to assist in my lesson is youtube. Youtube has been a very beneficial tool for my students. The students will review various genre's of dance and or fitness videos and use the information they have found on the site to demonstrate a new dance combination or exercise. In addition to demonstrating new dance or exercise,  they must explain what video they choice? why they chose it? what they learned from the video? why is it important to utilize proper form doing this dance or exercise? and explain how to do the movements properly.

The 2.0 tools have effected education in a positive way, allowing people with totally differently lifestyles to find time for education. There are many 2.0 tools such as SlidyCam, this is a very cool 2.0 app for sharing photos. This app is being used in art classes to save and show individuals finished works to other students current and past. There is also an app called Pandamian which allows you to create your own reading books which I think is very cool.  I’m sure this app is already being utilized in many reading classes throughout high schools where most teachers make it mandatory to write short stories. Now after talking about those 2.0 apps the one I think is very beneficial and is getting used in more schools then any is the “one true media” app. This app allows you to create video slideshows and put music and text to them. Lots of online courses require you to complete work assignments where you need to create these slideshows of your research, and one true media allows you to do this. Even in classes you have to be physically present in, one true media demand you to complete slideshow presentations in front on your peers. Online education has improved for the better since the 1.0 app. I think 2.0 is just the beginning of what’s in store for online education or should I say education as a whole; the world is moving fast and growing rapidly. The needs of individuals are changing; classrooms may come second to online courses in the near future, because these tools cater to the population’s lifestyle and growth of the ever evolving technology.


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