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SOFA Statistics is a wonderful, user-friendly, online statistical analysis program. To download and begin using SOFA Statistics, click here!
After researching, reading, and experimenting with different statistical analysis programs I found that SOFA Statistics is definitely the one for me! I found this program to be extremely easy to use because of the descriptive and details instructions (including step by step pictures for the visual learners). I love the different features they have of being able to put your information into their program. You can put it into the program by going into the programs and typing the information in or you can import saved information for quick and easy results. If you have saved information that you want to import and it is on your Google drive, you can import from there too! So many wonderful options. The statistics will then be given to you in the format of your selection. You can choose to have the statistics be presented in a graph, chart, or table. I know that I will use SOFA Statistics next time I need numbers presented to me in an organized and statistical fashion.
There are many pros and cons to using online tools such as a personal website and LinkedIn as a professional portfolio.
One major pro to these two online tools is that you can access the sites at any point to edit or add information as needed. You are able to keep an up to date record of your professional life. Another pro is that you are able to connect with people internationally about potential professional changes from the comforts of your home. You are able to network and connect with many people in order to further your career.
Although there are many pros to using a personal website and LinkedIn, there are also cons that come along side. One major con is that you can spend hours online tweaking and perfecting your sites and not making the connections and receiving the results that you wanted. One can become easily distracted by everything that you can add to the sites to make yourself appear the way you want to and not make those connects as a result. Another con is that you are simply just another person behind a screen. What makes people stand out in a crowd full of others that have the same qualifications is their personality. As great as these sites are at connecting and networking, nothing is as good as face-to-face contact and communication.
There are so many different types of networking that we have access to, how do you choose which type is best for you and your field of interest? LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, face to face, recommendations through friends.
Out of all the different ways to network I believe the two that will consistently get you the farthest are knowing someone and face to face interactions. Social networking through sites are great for a booster or to remind someone that they have just met you and you are interested in communicating with them, but they should not be the basis of your communication. I also believe the opposite is true. Have 100% communication be face to face is just not practical. You need to have a nice balance of both in order to network properly. People need to know that you are up with the times in social networking but they also need to know that you can handle face to face communication.
Aren't we lucky that we have all these forms of networking readily available to us?
Wiki is a tool that can be used in many ways throughout education. After reading the articles I thought of numerous ways to use a Wiki, but two ways stuck with me. One would be for the educators collaboration and the other would be for students collaboration.
There are very few times throughout the year where an entire department from the whole school district are able to get together. Yes, we are able to collaborate with out team at the school we teach at, but that can only get us so far. Having the ability to collaborate with the entire district department through a Wiki would be very beneficial. Departments could discuss new ideas they have, assessments they have used, or things they are struggling with and they need advice. Being able to have the entire district team collaborating on certain topics rather than just your home team of 4 people, would really help in problem solving.
The other way that Wiki would be beneficial in education would be for students. They could use it in any different ways. If they are doing a project outside of school, everyone gets busy and it's hard to actually come up with a time to meet and complete the project. Using Wiki helps solve that problem, all participants are able to contribute at their own time and throughout the day or weekend. Another way that students could use a Wiki is for homework or study help/questions. I'm sure there are many times when they have a question but do not know who to turn to, if the class had a private Wiki board then they could post their question for all classmates and the teacher to see.
These are two different ways that Wiki could be used in education. Although I am sure people have thought of many other ways too!
I have never felt the need to join LinkedIn, my thoughts on it were it was a networking site for business professionals. Being in the education world, I did not feel as though it applied to me, but after joining I see how many educators are also on LinkedIn. Click here to see my profile.
Similarities between Facebook and LinkedIn are the messaging aspects, the "friend" suggestions, and the profile information you set up on yourself.
Differences between Facebook and LinkedIn are that LinkedIn is professional and you would never want to put anything on there that is not considered professional. Where Facebook is more of a social site. You can put pictures from your vacation, baby shower, or sisters birthday up.
Both LinkedIn and Facebook have the purpose of connecting you with people you might not have otherwise been able to connect with but the reasons why you connect with them are different.
After searching for apps for educators to use I stumbled across one that caught my attention. The app I am talking about is Remind 101. When I first started reading about it and looking more into it I thought it was a great idea. The Remind 101 app is an app to allow for constant and open communication with your students and/or parents of students. The message comes in like a text messages and since everyone is glued to their phones this type of communication is great. After thinking about it for a little while longer I realized that this is not something that I would want to have because of the constant communication that could always be happening. If parents new that I had this app where they could contact me any time of day I would always feel the need to get back to them right away. I would feel like I am always expected to work and that I always need to be available for the parents/students if they need something. Although the idea behind it is great and I initially thought about using it as well, I now know that I will not use it. Call me selfish but I enjoy my weekends being away from the constant parent communication.
On the other hand, one app that I did find that I already use is Classroom Dojo. This app is used for classroom management and tracking student behavior. My students love earning Dojo points and it has come to be a bit of a (healthy) competition within the class. You can access Dojo on a computer or an ipad/iphone. I only use my ipad for Dojo. Using the ipad makes it easy to give points to students as you are walking around, helping an individual, or standing in front of the class giving directions. Another benefit to using it on the ipad is that it can go everywhere with you, out to recess, in the hallway, or walking to another class. Your students know that at any point in time you may give dojo points to those with positive behavior. Since using dojo my classroom management has become a lot easier for me and my students are loving this!
13 out of 15! That is how many of the top 15 tools for learning I have used at some point in my life. The only two that I have not used are Prezi and Slideshare (numbers 13 and 15). All the others in the top 15 I have used and most I use on a somewhat regular basis, so I was not surprised at the top 15. What did surprise me was how low in the list Instagram was, number 85. Once I thought more about it, I realize that Instagram is somewhat new and has not been exposed to nearly as many people as the others have, yet. This was a great list of learning tools and I would be interested to see how this list changes in 2015.
Here is a youtube video I found of the dance team I was on in high school, this video is from just a few years back. I love that I can see that my old dance team is still doing well today, thanks youtube!