Games on smartphones and tablets are popular with our students today. Using games within education is a creative way to motivate and engage students while still working towards learning objectives. GameBuilder is a site that provides some options to design games for any subject.
The use of data or metrics to analyze and better understand a topic is increasing with the use of innovative tools. I first became aware of the use of statistics in sport when reading Moneyball by Lewis and The Numbers Game by Anderson and Sally. They both discuss the use of statistical analysis tools to collect a large quantity of numbers in reference to baseball and soccer topics and how the information they gather helps to make informed decisions. I could see myself using these tools one day to help me with a research project in school, tracking student performance or to better understand the community I am serving. So many tools are available and time really needs to be put into discovering which one is best for your purpose as many have a cost attached to using them. One I took a look at was MarketSight and they provide a demo to watch.
Which is better for an online portfolio, personal website or LinkedIn? I like how I can customize the website, have tabs that serve different purposes but with LinkedIn there is less room for this. The website can also host a blog where I can interact with anyone and with LinkedIn I only interact with those I have connections with. Making connections though is a plus with LinkedIn as opposed to a personal website. Those connections offer opportunities to network and I also like how people can endorse each others skills. I plan on using both as I build my portfolio because they all link up well with each other and the more I engage with them the more people I can potentially reach.