Tuesday, May 25, 2010
So far, we have learned numerous types of technology. A couple that I believe can be really helpful in my career as a PE teacher, especially in the area of lifelonf fitness, is the iStats fitness log. Students can post and track workouts with other students and monitor progress. Another technology tool I feel can be helpful are the social networking sites such as facebook, but not facebook. One that I became aware of is called Ning, which was designed for educational purposes and can have advertising blocked. Students can upload projects such as performance-assessment videos or photos or podcasts for the teacher and the rest of the class to view and assess.
iStats is a free, web based fitness journal where users can track their workouts and give and receive suggestions for improvement. The site promotes starting groups to share experiences and workouts and to be motivators in each others' fitness endeavor. The site will create workouts for you and track overall fitness by asking a few general questions such as your height and weight. This site seems extremely helpful, motivational, and promotes reflection.
Google is a terrific tool for anyone who is on the go. The fact that everything is saved as a web based file eliminates the need to email things to yourself when changing locations. I played around with the word type program, it acts similar to this blog program. When something is misspelled it lets you know and offers suggestions to fix it. However, it does not have all of the bells and whistles MS word offers. Tools like grammar check and the synonyms function in word are priceless for the gym teacher who never thought about being an English major.
I set a blogline account with a bunch of news feeds and feeds from my classmates and it looks like something I will be using in the future. This is similar to a favorites or bookmark option on my browser window but quicker; you can easily click from one feed to the next.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
I am new to flickr now. I thought facebook was for sharing pictures and videos. Anyway, here is a picture of a helmet of my new school and team, the Lake Forest High School Scouts. As one friend put it, "you're the only person in this economy who quit his job without knowing if he had another."
Saturday, May 15, 2010
This is a new and free blog for offensive line coaches and players of all levels to discuss anything new or different involving offensive line play. I have been coaching o-line for 11 years at the college and high school level; I am primarily a "zone guy" but I have experience coaching in a flex-bone, triple option system. I am particularly interested in discussing protections, both schemes and techniques. I look forward to hearing about anything other coaches and players have to say.