I could be out in left field but I honestly have not clue.
I honestly still do now understand the difference between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0. What I can only gather is that one had to go to different websites to find certain information, but now the information can be obtained from a local site. This could be having a Twitter/Facebook account and following the local new channels, high school football teams, town newspaper, special organizations (NATA, CDC, ect). And all a person has to do is scroll through their Twitter/Facebook to find all the information they find important.
I could be out in left field but I honestly have not clue.
I currently do not use any type of technology to further my career in athletic trainer. However, if I get to the point where I want to teach then using Podcast, Twitter, and Professional Learning Network (PLN) would definitely be some tools I would incorporate in my teaching. Especially with high school students, using things such as podcasts and social media could reach those students who find the traditional teaching method to be boring and useless.
I know there are some controversy in using social media in high school because of the potential lawsuits. However, I was following an ATC on Twitter and they were stating that these students can follow you but you don't have to follow them. And if you do not follow them then there can be no direct messages between the instructor and student. This is one way that can allow the teacher to ask questions and create a discussion without having to worry about a lawsuit.
I love podcast and I think they can have a major impact in education. Personally I listen to The Point's podcast which is a collegiate ministry group where college students come to church on Tuesday for bible study. I live an hour away so when I am unable to make it I can catch up on podcast. I have never personally had a undergraduate college course that used podcast nor any other form of online lectures. Sure there would be PowerPoints but that was the extent of the online class. However, when I started the Master's in Kinesiology course almost every teacher so far has used some type of podcast/youtube video/Powerpoint with audio presentation that allowed me to replay the lecture over and over again. I love it!!!
I do believe there is a place for audio/video presentation through podcast or youtube in the college setting. I do not think it should necessarily replace a lecture setting in undergraduate but it would be a great supplement. It frees up time in the classroom to allow for in depth discussion, instead of hearing the lecture for the first time when you step foot in the class room. Obviously some will not listen to the lecture, but teachers are already facing that when they instruct students to read chapters before the next class period.
This next generation coming up can be a difficult group to teacher. As the article stated these individuals are "shallow consumers." They want the information almost immediately and once it has been found then it is quickly discarded. Memorization will become almost useless because who needs to memorize stuff when one can look it up on the internet. Deep thinking and deep learning will become unheard of because the answers are just clicks away on their mobile device.
Everyone now knows that employers look through potential employees facebook, twitter, ect. to see what they are about to hire. These teenagers and college students are posting pictures and videos online that could ruin their chance at a career because of mistakes from their past. This is where education on social media and the use of the internet should be taught. As always some students will not adhere to the warnings but it may save some people their future jobs.
During my undergraduate career we did not use social media in any of my course work. As an athletic training student we actually were told to be aware of the pictures we posted on Facebook because it reflected the Athletic Training Education Program and MTSU. I honestly thought they were being over dramatic but they were right, and it prepared me for my job.
I can see where social networking in education could be a useful supplement; however, that is all it would be is a supplement. When strolling through social media, I often just look at pictures, updates, videos, some articles, ect. But from an educational standpoint, I seriously doubt I would stop and read an article that my teacher posted unless it was required. Adding social media discussions on top of reading assignments, homework, projects, could become a hassle. It just another thing us students would have to check to make sure all assignments are being completed.
This was taken this year at the North Carolina BalloonFest. You can follow me on Instagram at gabbussell22.
I decided to use Scoop It! There is no particular reason I used this PLN versus the others. It seems interesting. Being able to "scoop" certain articles and posting to my page is awesome. It reminds me of Pinterest but instead of pinning pictures and recipes, you scoop articles of interest. This is a great way of sharing articles and would be an awesome resource when you can connect with other athletic trainers and share articles. Not necessarily newspaper articles but also journal articles.
When learning new things, outside of the classroom, I usually go to the National Athletic Training Association (NATA) website, specifically the journals. This is part of the new Evidence Based Practice (EBP) that us Athletic Trainers are practicing. I also use Google. When knowing what to look for it can be helpful.
As far as following anyone, I use Twitter to keep up with updates on a daily bases. Usually I just like to look at the injurypicpage, to look at injuries other athletes suffer. But as far as information is concerned I follow NATA, Brain Injury Assn, TSSAA, Am J Sports Med, AOSSM, ATSHC Journal, SEATA, NATA Foundation, Concussion Wise, and CNN Health to name a few.
The internet helps me learn when I am willing to learn. When I am just trying to pass time then obviously I am not paying close enough attention to actually learn anything. Good learning to me is reading journal articles. Bad learning is reading to news, usually they only provide half of the information.
I like technology and learning. Obviously this online degree program is great!!! I live in Tennessee but yet I am able to earn a Masters Degree without ever stepping foot in a classroom. I do feel that the online atmosphere makes learning less personal. Not necessarily between the teacher and students but between the students themselves. In a classroom we see each other every day and make friendships over the course of a semester. However, online friendships aren't usually made due to the lack of weekly in person interaction.
My sweet spots in my career would have to be the creativity portion. I feel the most joy when my hospital has to make fliers for our coaching staff, and I am apart of that. Our hospital also has a pumpkin craving/decorating contest and education board and i always participate in those activities because I love to make things look pretty and organized.
Something that is definitely not a strength is presentations. I cannot give a presentation to save my life. I am okay when it comes to making the PowerPoint, but having to stand up and speak is terrible. My throat starts to close and then I sound like I am crying, its humiliating! So when we have presentations for our coaching staff about heat illness and concussions, I have opted to help with the organization portion and leave the presentation to my fellow athletic trainers in the hospital.