Thursday, January 28, 2010

Web 2.0

I explored the Web 2.0 sight and found it very intriguing. It was nice to have all these top tier sites bunched up in one place. I browsed through most of the first and second place catagories. They all seem like pretty cool sites. being a big sports guy naturally I gravitated toward "Istats". This web site was pretty neat allowing a user the ability to document, track and share pogress with others. "Team-Snaps" wasa great site that really piqued my interest. This site is a one stop shop to on-line team mangement. I need something like this for my football program. I am going to sign up for the free trial and see how it goes. I will report my findings in a later blog. If anyone has any experience with this site. please share your thoughts with me.

Implementing 2010 Technology

I probably am the biggest resistor of technology. I am the definition of a classic laggard. Last week i decided to commit to creating a Facebook page for my football team. I made it a requirement for all players, coaches and parents to sign up. I post daily at 6:00 am the news for the day. Every fan of the page is supposed to check in and receive my important updates. I see this as a fast way to get the word out, also I have a way to prove that information was dispursed should ever the need arise. I commited to this project and I wil see it through this season. At the end of the season I can make a judgement to continue using this technology or not. So far so good though.

This master's program has exposed me to a lot of new concepts, ideas and technologies. I do not seek the need to be cutting edge. However I do see a need for growth and exposure is needed to evolve into a better leader/coach. I realize also an open mind allows opportunities to flourish.

"Google Docs"

Along with being a football coach I also run my own business. I currently use Google Docs and this application has been great so far. What like about Google Docs the most is the ability to see important paperwork any where there is acces to the Internet. With my IPhone I can virtuall see my docs from virtually anywhere in the world. It requires a little work scanning your documents , however the potential to access your paperwork from anywhere is worth it. Trust me this application comes in very handy.

For my football team we have whats called a "RISK" form that everyone signs releasing the school of any risk liability relating to football. Along with a release the athlete's information is there, parental and medical. I casrry about 75 sheets with me to each game just incase an athlete gets hurt. I might try and Google Doc this paperwork this upcoming season. It can eliminate some paperwork and I will have one less thing to worry about. From my IPhone I can get the info I need instantly. As long as my phone has juice. Having juice on your phone is a whole different can of worms.

Online News Readers

I would appreciate a one stop site to go and get all the information I seek. RSS feeds seem to provide this opportunity. I definately see how a great deal of time could be saved from this technology. I discovered not all web site have RSS feeds but most of the larger ones do. I was able to add most of the ones I like.

I created two different online readers with Bloglines and Google Reader. It was fairly simple to create these accounts and fairly simple to navigate through each site. I added 10 newsfeeds to each eader and I am going to continue exploring this technology.

Monday, January 25, 2010


I struggled for about three days trying to create and publish a podcast. After much frustration I found this app on my iphone called "Tubulous 2" I ceated and published a podcast from my phone to my blog on less than 3 minutes. if anyone wants to know how I did this shoot me an email @

"KIN710 Podcast"

"KIN710 Podcast"

Friday, January 22, 2010

Football Video Technology

I am interested in a program where I can upload my recorded games to, then break the games down by individual plays, label them, then group them. I would break the plays down and teach off of them. For example one group would be called 13 veer correct, then another group would be called 13 veer incorrect. Once I did the initial leg work it would be stored and I could go back to it forever. Anyone out there have any video technology to share with me. I'm interested in some feedback.

2010 Get With It, Or Get Left Behind

The more reading and research I do the more I'm realizing how much the world is changing at such a rapid pace. I wasn't quit sure how I felt about social networking. I was kind a resitor to the technology. However I am learning that this new technology is really easy to use and it helps get information out in a timely and efficiently manner.

In the article SOCIAL NETWORKING by Alfred C Weaver and Benjamin B. Morrison from the University of West Virginia, I appreciated the summaries and descriptions of various types of networking media. After reading this article I had a little bit better grasp of what Facebook, My Space, and You Tube were all about. I recommend this article to anyone that feels a little overwhelmed with social networking.

The article: Utilizing Social Networking Media To Support "Always On" Learning Styles, gave me a look into how social networking can affect variety of different learning styles. There are educational tools using a variety of social media applications for anyone and everyone . The learning opportunities are endless.

After reading, "Emerging Technologies Changing Public Library Service Delivery Models" by Mary Ann Kajewski article I felt like the library as I once knew it, was on it's way to being extinct before too long. This enormous world wide growth in social networking that is occuring is actually an opportunity for the library to come back to life and become more popular again.

Microbloggin-Let The Journey Begin

My technology class has me exploring some really interesting stuff throughout the "microbloggin world". It has been quit interesting being exposed to the latest technology. Rejection was my intial sentiment towards microbloggin, however I am beginning to see a place for it in my program.


This is a real cool photo sharing site. I created an account and uploaded a few photos to share with my class. One of them is a picture looking out my backdoor. This picture was taken January 19, 2010.

Friday, January 15, 2010


For any athletic program to have continued success. Everyone from top to bottom needs to unconditionally "buy in" to the programs core principals and philosophies. One person not on board has the potential to be catastrophic.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

I am the head coach of a high school varsity football team. We begin our off-season work out program this week. Some of my coach's think it is to early to start. I'm a firm believer in today's competitive world that any high school football championship journey begins in January.