Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Digital Portfolio Site

This is the link to my digital portfolio. It still needs a little work. I am trying to figure out how to delete content in the side bar...for some reason it leaves my deleted items there.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Podcast RSS Feed from Podcast Alley

RSS Feeds

I subscribed to Google Reader and discovered RSS Feeds. This information tool can be useful to me because I have access to articles and also suggested articles to me through a friends network. I also have linked my blog to google reader so I can share with my friends what I have been blogging about. I could apply this technology to my class because everyone can share with one another and write about certain articles they have read. This information sharing is creative and will be useful because of the wide variety of topics that are made available.

Differences of Social Media Sites/Digital Portfolio

When I compare the Plaxo/Linkedin to Myspace/Facebook there are many differences. I feel professional based sites as Plaxo/Linkedin are useful for the working professional to network with employers, businesses and people affiliated with work. These social networking sites are not covered with random surveys, and comments. It has the appearance of professionalism. On the contrary Myspace/Facebook is more of a relaxed social networking site. For instance, Myspace can have downloaded music from the latest Hip-Hop group with pink glittery stars as the back drop. Which can look great with the pictures downloaded of the great time sipping beer in Cabo. Facebook on the other hand is I think the better of the two. This site is relaxed, but at the same time has a professional feel to it and can be used for school, networking, communicating with coworkers, professors and personal friends. The feature they all have in common is the ability to search and find people to make a connection with them whether it be for professional reasons or for fun.I like the google sites digital portfolio. I think this site is the most beneficial of all the networking sites. If done properly it can look great. I will need to improve digital portfolio before I send it out, but I feel I have made a good start. I can send my link when I am applying for a job and it will represent who I am and all my qualifications. I also think this shows to an employer that I am willing to take the time to create a portfolio for their convenience to get to know who I am better as a prospective employee.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Library Thing

I checked out the site Library Thing and I attached the link to my blog. I added a couple of books to my page that I have read. The site is really interesting because it suggests books for me to read by the content of the ones I have posted and also connects me to people who have read the same books as me. I can talk to people on the site who share the same interests in books and also read reviews on the books I want to read. I like this site because everyone can be a book critic and express their opinions. This site will be better when I am not so busy with school. I really don't have time to read a book other than school books for now.

fun images

The images I found are fun to play with. There are sooo many to choose from. I like the little ninja. He's cute. When I have more time I am going to try to post another one.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Keeping Up With The Technology

I think it is important to keep up with the latest computer technology. Librarians are feeling the pressure to do the same. Libraries are finding it difficult to keep up with this computer age because the lack of funding for the adequate resources and the public does not have the same necessity for libraries like they did in the past. Take for instance the audio book website I looked at. This site had books that I could download and listen to. All I have to do is download them on my little device and I can listen away.
I was trying to keep up with technology and was looking at the podcast website trying to download a podcast to my blog page and I couldn't figure it out. I was listening to different podcasts about Kinesiology. There were many different shows from all over the United States I could choose from.
The Technorati page I found to be interesting. This page has every blog topic imaginable. I blog searched Kinesiology and found 432 results. The tag words associated with Kinesiology were muscle testing, sports, education and herbalist. The photos I saw about Kinesiology were of human skulls. The videos I looked at were titled Anatomy & Kinesiology for Dancers and Muscle Testing.
I like YouTube. I chose a video that is silly and fun to watch because I thought it would be entertaining. There are so many to choose from I can see how a person can get hooked on YouTube, especially if they loved to watch and post their own videos.
The Movement Analysis Software looks really useful and interesting. I have been having trouble with it, because I can't open the video in the software so I can analyze and do the measurements.
So much of my life revolves around my computer. I use it for school, shopping and talking with friends through various sites. I couldn't imagine life without it. This is why I think it is important for me to keep up with computer technology.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Delicious web site is an excellent tool to use to organize my websites that I frequently visit and to discover new ones. Because there are so many websites on the Internet I may never click on ones that could be really helpful for me. The idea of a website to categorize all other websites for easy accessibility is really smart. The way works is first create an account and login. The home page is easy to understand and start by bookmaking my sites and using tags, which are words to describe my bookmarks. The tags can be words such as, guitar, games, design, food or education. The tags will sort my favorite bookmarks so I can find them quick and easy. Next to the bookmarks in a small blue box is a number. This number indicates how many other people have bookmarked this site. The highest number I saw in the blue box was 1679. This type of networking can do wonders for a website, especially if it is a business. Delicious is also a social website. I have the ability to share my bookmarks with other users and they can share their bookmarks with me. Sharing bookmarks with one another can be beneficial because when people work together more can get accomplished.

Friday, May 29, 2009

web 2.0

I was looking at the web 2.0 link provided through moodle and I found it to be a big information, networking search engine. It is a good tool to use if you know what you are looking for and a way to explore knew sites. Also, it does enhance the lines of communication among people who can respond about a product that others are searching for.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

News feeds and google docs

My experiences so far with the two new technologies introduced to me this week are promising. I don't think I have used them to their fullest potential and resources, but I think through exploring I can really be able to use them successfully. The news feeds I thought are fun to read especially because I was able to choose what I think is interesting to be sent to me. How I think my blog line account will be useful to me in my career is I can have access to news, stories and antidotes which I can discuss with students. I also can introduce this site to students and create school assignments for them. Which we can discuss what they read during class or through blogs.
As for google docs I can just do the basics and create a document for now. What I think is cool about this technology is document sharing. Being able to contribute to other users documents or having someone contribute to my own will make proofreading a document easier. Feedback or constructive criticism is nice to receive from a professor or fellow student. How I think google docs will be helpful to me in my career is if I was able to incorporate this to my curriculum in the future. The spreadsheet I think will be useful if I was able to keep the stats of the players I coach for recruiting purposes. Also the spreadsheet can be used for budgeting the athletic program and to record the spending of funds allocated for physical education.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

My comments on 3 technology articles

I do not own a iPod. I have never even downloaded anything on one either. Needless to say the iPod is great and now instead of it just being something to listen to for musical pleasure or watching movies. It can also be used for educational purposes. In the article "History To Go Why iTeach with iPods" explains how convenient it is for grad students to use their iPod to record references with iTalk mikes in the library and also with the audio voice note function. This may sound difficult, but the students explain more people use this function, is the most useful and the easiest to use. The second article is concerned with the Australian Public Libraries. In order to keep up with modern communication levels the Queensland Opal Training Project explored inexpensive and practical methods. These technologies will improve online services and be more inviting for the younger generations. The last article I read is "Using Podcasts as Audio Learning Objects. Posting digital sound to the web and other mobile devices. One aspect I found interesting was the how podcasts can be used for the visually impaired. What better way for modern technology to promote education. Then to be more accessible. The podcasts can be recorded and listened at anytime and anywhere. Connivance is always a great selling point.
What I think all these articles and technologies have in common is they all promote positive educational tools for the student and teachers. If a person is a little computer literate they will be able to use all the gadgets mentioned. I don't think these new inventions will take over class time with the professor or become a nuisance, but I think these modern tools will make learning more fun and interesting.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

twitter mania

I officially am a twitter head. I created my account and I can micro blog. My thoughts on it are still a little unclear. It was really easy to use and sign up. I found out I had some friends who use twitter and I chose to follow them also. I learned a new term today and it is twit goo. Not only is this word sound funny all to itself, but it is a way to share images on twitter. I think before school started I would have never been a blogger or a micro blogger, because I was hardly on the computer. Since I have begun school things have changed and I spend most of my day on my laptop. So, I think once I get into the groove of using it all, I think I will have fun with it.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

first time user

I am venturing into unknown territory and posting my first blog. I also have just started Kinesiology. I was a anthropology undergrad student at Fresno State and I am excited to begin my journey in this wonderful field. Our first week assignment was to read the articles about blogging and watch the utube segment. Just to prove what a novice I am at this. I will confess that I didn't know the origin of the word blog , the existence of micro publishing and term blogospheres are also known as blogging communities.
What I did appreciate from this is I understand the relevance and importance of blogging and how it's social currency promotes within in order for the blogging sites to sustain itself. On another note, I myself, have been a victim of this and it is called shyness and insecurity. Bloggers who at one time suffered from these same symptoms, can now speak freely and express themselves with out being completely nervous of speaking out in a classroom setting.