I looked into a few statistical analysis programs online and many of them were very confusing to me. I found one called Data Desk that seemed self explanatory. Using this program, it has a somewhat easy to figure out way to use it. It can use graphs, or excel sheets, and even scatter graphs. Another program I came across was called Analyse-It. In this program, it has similar packages like excel and scatter graphs. There was even a demo of a box-and-whisker graph. It can come up with the mean, df, P-value, and much more. It was somewhat visually appealing to me too. I think if I were to choose one site of the many out there, the main component of it would be it had to be easy to use and navigate through.
I would say some of the pros of the personal web page is that it can be more colorful and a good example of who you are as a person. It can also have your links to other personal websites such as facebook or twitter. Someone viewing this page could also get a feel for my work through my blog or any other such postings they might find. The cons of this personal web page are that it does not have that much on experience level or accomplishments or degrees. LinkedIn has more of the "bragging" rights and allows one to show off all their accomplishments and be viewed as a professional. It also allows you to be in contact with other professionals in your field or similar fields. The downside of LinkedIn is that it is another form of resume and one viewing it would not be able to see too much work I have done. They could always inquire further but the best of both worlds would be to give a future employer both sites.
My first podcast ever! A little about myself short and simple. Was not aware we were to post this until reviewing the syllabus so its a little out of order. Oops!
So far I think the best professional networking site is LinkedIn. It seems to be a very professional site (unlike facebook) where everyone on there has the same common interest, to get recognized and showcase themselves. Facebook seems more of a social site to stay connected to friends and family whereas LinkedIn is more towards staying connected to other professionals in the same field and even in other fields. Twitter is also another good networking site because it allows us to connect with a lot of people at the same time and in current time. I like how a team page can be updated and seen by everyone following almost instantly. This is useful for giving information about upcoming events, seminars, and things of that sort. I am curious to see how long in the future it will be until every job requires some kind of online portfolio or professional web page.
Wikis can be very useful in education today. I have used Googledocs many times in my undergrad studies and it made it so much easier when communicating to a group of people for an assignment. Rather than the traditional email where some emails could go overlooked or read out of order or even being worked on at the same time, a wiki allows students to edit the exact same paper for other students to see. This allows a group paper to be done for everyone to see it quick and not after one of the group members formats it and sends it to everyone else. Wikipedia is said to be the largest wiki and it is a good and bad wiki. It is good because there is a lot of information on almost any subject you can possibly think of. It is bad because it is unregulated and anyone can access the information and change it. This includes people who know nothing about a certain subject but still post information about it.
There were a few main things I noticed that were different between LinkedIn and Facebook. LinkedIn seemed to be very more professional than facebook and seemed as if it were more used for being looked at by a job interviewer or someone in the same field as me. It was much more about my own accomplishments and what I am good at and what I know. It seemed to almost be a way to brag about what I have done, can do, and know. Facebook seems to be much more social friendly and includes a bragging of a different type. It seems most people brag on facebook about what they are doing like traveling or vacationing or other fun activities. People include pictures of new gifts or new items they just received and/or vent about stuff going on in their life. It is a lot less professional than LinkedIn and a lot more immature (at least on my facebook news feed). I doubt I would ever see someone on LinkedIn posting something about drinking or partying or venting about ex significant others.
I think my personal web presence can be beneficial to my profile because it can give someone more information about me. It should include my resume and philosophy and a little about myself. There should also be links to the different social media sites I am apart of for easy access if they want to look through any of them. That person could get to know me a little better just by going to my personal page. They could also get a feel for my character through these sites and also through my blog posts (because there are so many). They can understand how I think and where I would go with my thoughts. There also needs to be contact information easily findable and readable so I can be contacted quickly and easily.
I think apps in the school setting can be beneficial but can also be a bad thing. They can be beneficial because they can use technology like spreadsheets or trackers to help in the classroom rather than the traditional hand written ways. I found an app that could be useful in class called Teacherkit. It allows the teacher to do multiple things such as keep track of attendance easily, create seating charts, and form different class sections. The role call part of it is nice because there can be a picture placed next to the name of the student. There is also a behavior section where the teacher can give good marks or bad marks which is easy to read and keep track of. It does not have to be kept track of in a notebook and tallied at the end of the semester. There is also a grade book section which can be helpful for the teacher so they do not have to carry around a binder grade book.
Some of the negatives of apps in the classroom are that not all students have smart phones and can use the same apps. This would cause a problem if only 75% of students could access apps in class. If the school was a "techy" school and provided ipads or laptops, or computers then the problem would be solved. I can picture a scenario where all students watch a series of videos on Youtube with headphones plugged in and then respond to each video. This would allow students to pay closer attention than a projector and work at their own pace. They would be able to retain more information with short video sessions with responses rather than one long video with a lot of writing after.