The benefits of having a professional portfolio allows for you to put out information that you would like other professionals to know about you. It allows for you to be in control when creating a personal website. Having a portfolio on LinkedIn allows for access to many people that have similar interest or even recruiters. Creating a profile give future employers a better picture of you rather than a typical resume. Some possible cons to having a professional portfolio on LinkedIn is that many people have a profile and its not as original as it use to be due to its growing popularity. Also a profile on LinkedIn does not allow for you to be as creative like making your own personal site where you manage the layout and tabs.

Since I am into basketball and a high school basketball coach, it is always important to know the stats of the game. It is great when you can go to a site and see what the stats were for each player in the game. This particular website http://www.sportstats.com gives a breakdown of the stats for all sports. I of course check out the stats for basketball. On this site you can check the scores and stats for various basketball teams such as NBA and Overseas teams. I have a few friends that still play basketball in other countries so its great to be able to use one site and get all the information that I need.

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I did not know what the term "wiki" meant but I had used Wikipedia before, not realizing that the site allows for more authors/users to edit the content. I did not realize that there were other sites that are wikis.
After learning about Wikis I can see the benefits that they can have in education. I think by incorporating lessons that require students to post onto wiki sites really allows for the students to post their opinions and see other students views as well. I think by using Wiki's in education it teaches the students to be collaborative in a group project and be held accountable by each student contributing to the wiki site.
I liked the examples in the article "I thought wikis were creatures in Star Wars" of physical education staff posting to a wiki site to collaborate on creating a policy manual. By having multiple people involved it allows for the content to always be reviewed and allows for each staff member to add their input.
I wikis being very beneficial and I am interested to see how far it goes as technology enhances.

In todays professional market, it is all about "who you know." Due to the advancement in technology, professional networking can now be done through such sites as LinkedIn. The benefit to having a profile on LinkedIn is that it allows you to connect with other people that have the same professional work experience or interest as you. Using technology allows for you to network with a variety of people that are all over the world with just a click of a button. The days have past where it takes days to hear back from someone in regards to job positions because the only communication was from Phone or snail mail. Now we have social sites, video conferencing and  email that allows for faster communication and it is convenient. 
The best ways to network without using technology is attend various events that are specific to your interest or experience. Job fairs,  company conventions, specialized groups are just a few ways to network. Another way to network is by attending meetings by your employer will allow for you to connect and interact with other colleagues and provide personal interaction.
Both networking strategies are great so it just depends on your preference. I prefer both because they each have great benefits.
One of the Apps that I found that would be beneficial for me as a basketball coach is Coach's Eye. This app allows for you to use video that you have recorded on mobile device (iPhone or Android) or any other video footage that can be used to break down an athletes form or skills for improvement.
Coach's Eye is excellent for creating analysis videos with audio commentary, annotations and slow motion that can easily be shared through email, text messaging, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and with other Apps such as Dropbox, Edmodo and Evernote.

Coach's eye can even be shared with other Coach's eye users by discovering what others are doing around the world with video on the Map and find inspiration with popular videos found on the Leaderboards.

The app cost $4.99 but its a free online account that gives web
access to videos that you have shared or liked.

Now that I have created a LinkedIn profile, I am interested to learn about the benefits of having it. First off, I can tell that LinkedIn is focused on career professionals. I would consider LinkedIn more of a
"professional network" and Facebook as "social network."  LinkedIn allows recommendations to the user by providing profiles to "connect" with that have similar work experience. LinkedIn is not as entertaining as Facebook because there are not multiple status updates or a variety of pictures and videos being posted or tags by friends or acquaintances. The main difference I see is that LinkedIn provides a "true" picture of someone in regards to their professional work experience, where as Facebook profiles can be a facades of someone. What I do like about LinkedIn is that, it is not as easy to become distracted with various updates and pictures while searching through the site like Facebook. If you log on to LinkedIn it is for a specific reason (professional networking) where Facebook I am guilty of  logging on just to waste time or for a moment of entertainment.

Like I said before, I am new to all the new technology and the tech words. I
had no idea what web 2.0 was. I now understand the difference between Web 1.0
and 2.0. Web 2.0 is the next generation of the web by having the user more
involved. Users are able to make post, publish and interact with a greater range
of Internet users than before. Before, web 1.0 did not have user interaction.
I'm interested to see how much more technology evolves. I found it interesting
that there are over 3 million students that attend college via the web in the
United States. That goes to show much technology has influenced education and
the ease that it is creating for many people to attend school. I am thankful for
this advancement in technology else I would have this opportunity to be part of
the 3 million online students. I cannot wait for what's next.

I always enjoyed watching these commericals. LeBron is my favorite basketball player.


    Shannon Taylor
    Head Basketball coach at Kerman High School. Currently a graduate student at Fresno Pacific University for Kinesiology with an emphasis in Physical Education


    June 2013
    May 2013