Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Digital Professional Portfolios

After working with livetext for the last 2 years I do not believe there is any better program available for creating a teaching portfolio. Now that I have re-created my portfolio with Google sites, I believe it has some advantages because of the web-based, public access to my information. With livetext, a potential employer would have to subscribe to the software in order to view its content, and livetext needs to be repurchased after 5 years and Google sites is free.

Sites such as linkedin and plaxo do a good job of keeping all of your email contacts organized, which can be difficult for people with multiple email accounts. Other than this feature I do not see a huge benefit to subscribing to either linkedin or plaxo.

Here is a link to my Google sites portfolio.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Library Thing

The link is to my librarything catalog. I have a bunch of football or sports books I have read and one book about MLB umpires I want to read. I highly recommend Junction Boys by Jim Dent.

Generators Con't

Here's another one.

Image Generators

What a fun toy. I created an image of myself on a cheap romance novel cover from a photo on my pictures. You can change size, shape, and skin tone, along with a whole bunch of other tricks. Here is an example from the site:

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Podcasts Online

I found a great podcast produced by a father/daughter duo about lifelong fitness and wellness; it is now linked to my Bloglines account. The podcast finder provided by Prof. Sailor was very in depth with a ton of podcasts to choose from. There is a lot of good information out there.

YouTube Blog Post

I have used YouTube in my classroom on several occasions. The amount of information posted on this site is incredible, and a lot of the educational videos are posted by students. One of the drawbacks is YouTube only allows users to post videos shorter than 10 minutes. As a football coach, one of my jobs is to create hi-light films of my players for college coaches to view; using YouTube as the medium allows any and all coaches to view the film so the student athlete doesn't have to send each school a file or DVD. I've provided a couple of examples on a previous post. If you are teaching in a classroom or school without internet service or the internet is down, you can convert and save YouTube videos for viewing anytime without internet access using a free program called "any video converter". In a weight training class a teacher can show video on proper form and technique, and students can post videos on their own performances and personal records. The possibilities are endless.


I just finished exploring technorati and was quite disappointed. I could not find any blog posts, blogs, or tags using the keyword "Kinesiology." When I looked up educational blogs, only 2 came up from the directory. However, when I checked the tags feature, several blogs were tagged as educational, but there were no Kinesiology tags available. The tags feature did allow for an easier and more in depth search.