There are a large variety of survey tools available online. It is important to make sure that you pick the survey site that will best suit your needs.
I used Survey Monkey to create the survey on my blog. I had a couple of issues while creating it. It might have been because I am using a Mac, but the cursor was extremely hard to locate and click on a button. But it had an easy sign-up process. If I was actually to have to create and use a survey, I would use Survey Gizmo. It has many pros. It is easy to use, customizable design, multiple question type option, and it is relatively inexpensive.
I have enjoyed my experience with both LinkedIn and Weebly. LinkedIn has a more professional appeal to me with its ability to connect with people in your field of work. It also shows you potential connections through mutual friends. Weebly allows you to connect through blogging and also allows one to create direct connections to other social media such as twitter and Facebook. LinkedIn also allows endorsements from those you are connected with which shows support of one's ability.
Unfortunately, Weebly does't have the same connectivity ability and therefor can not build a network like that on LinkedIn. I also feel like there is a little bit too much information on LinkedIn. I do not like how it shows who has looked at your profile, it reminds me of a MySpace ability.
Below is the survey I created to assess the overall satisfaction of patrons attending a basketball tournament. I had a few difficulties with SurveyMonkey. I had a hard time navigating my mouse on the page and therefor took me longer to create the survey than hoped.
In all of my college courses, my professors have made any wiki sources non-credible. However, I have never used it for an editing document that could be shared by multiple people within a group as demonstrated by the YouTube video linked on the module 4 class link. I plan on finding a use for this type of website as soon as possible. I think it would be a great way to communicate with my coaches.
Connect with me on LinkedIn!
Social Networking is becoming more important than ever. It is a way for educators to communicate with each other, parents and students. LinkedIn provides me with the opportunity to link with other physical education teachers and athletic directors. This is beneficial because I work in a small school district and am the only PE teacher and only AD. Linked in and Twitter also provide sources of information about physical education and athletics. Social networking is convenient for those of us with smart phones. We can access our accounts on our phones and iPads. Networking will allow me to stay up to date with what in new and popular in PE.
Facebook is more for connecting with friends and family, and in the case of my fan page, connect with students. LinkedIn is for more of a business based networking site. If I had to choose a site to keep, I would keep LinkedIn over Facebook. LinkedIn provides the opportunity to connect with peers. It also allows one to see job opportunities in ones field. The only con of LinkedIn is that in Bakersfield, it is not that popular of an app yet. Last year I was in San Francisco and it seemed like everyone I met there had LinkedIn. Instead of asking each other if we had Facebook, It was "Do you have LinkedIn?". Hopefully LinkedIn will catch on soon in Bakersfield.
There are so many apps that are beneficial in education. As mentioned in the 60 Educational Apps in 60 Minutes by Clint Stephens, Dropbox, Drafts, and Cloud On are all awesome apps for students in higher education. Versus Notebook + Rhyming Dictionary, Fluency Finder, and Evernote Peek are great for all levels of education. However I have had a difficult time finding (free) applications that I would be able to use in physical education. I did find PE Geek and PE Games are okay PE apps but they are primarily for teachers. As far as coaching apps, I enjoy using the Basketball app, which replaces my dry erase clipboard on my iPad! I would like to find an interactive app for my students to use.
In a previous blog, I asked how you were using Twitter as an educational tool so I am shocked to see Twitter number 1 on this list. There are so many tools listed that I have never heard of, Yammer, Jing, Delicious to just name a few. This class is really helping me by exposing me to new technology. Am I the only one that has so little knowledge of these tools?!