I didn't realize the online world of statistics was so vast. It seems as if within every website related to statistics there was a link that would take you to another link and so on. The information that is available ranges from free statistical software, mathematics websites, statistical instruction and tutoring, and research and journal publication to professional organizations such as the American Statistical Association and much more. I found it very interesting that the American Statistical Association has its own section dedicated to sports known as the Section on Statistics in Sports (SIS). The SIS is dedicated to topics in sport such as performance outcome, game outcome models, and journal publications.
The free statistical software links have the potential to be very useful to anyone involved in research and data analysis. The sites appear easy to navigate by choosing the statistic you need and plugging in the data. Some of the sites/links also have statistical definitions which would come in handy for anyone that needs a refresher course in statistics such as myself. My past experience with statistics have only been with using the SPSS software years ago. I guess you could say that I got away with not having to take a course dedicated only to statistics.
Now that I have some of these sites bookmarked they will be a good resource for any potential data analysis in the future.
The two professional networking platforms are both a great ways to customize your professional profile. There are both pros and cons to both.
The pros of the PWP are:
With the ever evolving advances in technology, it's getting easier and easier to stay connected to friends, family, and work colleagues. The sharing, communicating, and presenting of news, information, and events, is now done with a quick click of the mouse or touch or swipe of the touchscreen. Social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn are just a few ways in which technology has enhanced networking not just among fellow office mates but with professionals around the world, literally in a matter of seconds. This can also be done through Goto meetings, Wiki documents, Webinars, Skype and much much more.
As much as technology has enhanced professional networking, I believe there is still something to be said about the good old-fashioned face to face meeting. Many of our professions belong to national and district organizations with meetings held on an annual basis. As much as I am a proponent of technology, these meetings, workshops, and clinical symposia provide a networking strategy that allows professionals to introduce themselves to one another, reacquaint with one another, and potentially meet with new employers. There's more to be said about a hand shake versus reading someone's biography and viewing their profile picture. By purely relying on technology for this one misses out on the human element. We must be able to disconnect every now and then and focus our attention on each other.
The wearable technology that I reviewed was Catapult, based out of Australia. Catapult is a tracking system, roughly the size of a 3rd generation iPod, that is placed in a small pocket on the backside of a jersey just beneath the neck line. The tracking system was primarily developed with the athlete in mind. The tracking system has accelerometers, magnetometers and gyroscopes that are able to track gravitational load, distance and direction data using GPS. The Catapult system can isolate the data using filters to pinpoint an athlete’s exact direction for each acceleration or step. This data can be used to track athletic performance either during practice, training, or during sport-specific rehabilitation. In my setting of athletic training, Catapult would be an excellent way to determine if an athlete is ready for return to play. It would be able to show weight shifting biases and directional preferences.
And now the cons. With all of the data that the Catapult system is able to generate, the problem is having someone with the ability to interpret this data. A bunch of raw numbers and graphics look good, but if you can't interpret it then it's of no use. Another con is the cost. It's estimated that the cost of this Catapult system can run up to $100, 000. I don't know to many organizations that can afford a wearable technology with that price tag.
After reviewing the many apps that are available for download, either for free or for a nominal purchase, there literally seems to be an app for everything and then some. As I keep discovering new apps I keep saying to myself, "Why didn't I think of that?" From professional productivity, education, home improvement do-it-yourself, to fun games, the sky is the limit as to what is available. The only thing a consumer has to do is think of it and search for it. As smartphones have become a common accessory to one's daily routines, so have the apps to smartphones and tablets. Apps have made life easier by creating a sort of shortcut to your specific needs. With the touch or swipe of your finger, information can instantly be on the ready.
Developers, it seems, are designing more apps specifically for smartphone or tablets use only. As an athletic trainer there are a handful that I have found to be of use in my daily routine. A couple of those are Waze and Essential Anatomy 5. Waze is a community-based GPS traffic and navigation app. It provides real-time traffic and road conditions essential for my daily commute to work here in Los Angeles, as well as for games/events on the road. It can provide me with the shortest route to a destination based on either time or distance. Essential Anatomy 5 is an app that I can use to reference anatomical structures with HDMI-type clarity, anytime/anywhere. It includes male and female models, with 11 systems, and a total of 8,200 anatomical structures. I can use it to assist in my assessments or help educate an athlete, parent, or coach about a certain injury.
Even before my recent experiences with Facebook and LinkedIn, I always believed that there was a distinct difference between the two. Although both are versions of social media, each one has its unique intended purpose. As one example, the term used to describe the Facebook network is "friends", versus the LinkedIn network of "contacts."
Facebook, so far as I've come to experience it, is intended more for sharing and/or communicating ideas, thoughts, photos, videos, etc. of any social topic imaginable.
LinkedIn, on the other hand, is intended more for the professional in the work force. LinkedIn is designed to be used as a professional networking tool. Through this professional level of networking, employers and recruiters are able to seek out information on potential employees. For some LinkedIn account holders, they use this as an electronic business card or resume displaying customized information such as education, recent employment, recommendations, unique skills, etc.
Although both are unique in their intended purposes, both Facebook and LinkedIn, allow account holders to set their privacy preferences and allow users to display whatever information they would like to be seen either by a select group of friends or contacts, or publicly by the vast users of the Internet.
The idea that I have for an app is based on my background as a certified athletic trainer in the field of sports medicine. Based on the many apps that I reviewed for this post, it wouldn't surprise me if something like this is already out there in the app world. My app idea could be marketed to medical professionals, parents, weekend warriors, and/or whomever else would find it interesting.
Drum roll please...
So my app would combine the ideas behind the WebMD, Hudl, and Ubersense apps. The basic idea of the app would be to create a list of possible orthopedic injury diagnoses/assessments that may have occurred from an athletic event, a trip over a curb, accident at work, house party, etc. It would start with the Hudl and Ubersense app ideas of capturing a still photo or video on your smartphone or tablet. The still photo or video would then be uploaded to the app. The app would then analyze the photo or video and create a list of possible diagnoses/assessment that may have resulted from the injury or accident. The user would be able to pinpoint on the touchscreen the exact joint or body part in question. The created list of orthopedic diagnoses/assessments could then be shared with a parent, friend of a friend who is a "doctor", or an actual physician. The information could be helpful in directing better care versus the typical verbal description performed over the phone, "Well, I fell, my body went this way and my knee went that way. So, what do you think is wrong me?"
I know what your thinking. What if you don't capture the injury at the exact time? The answer: you have someone pose or act out the injury for you in a similar way that the injury was sustained. The app would analyze the picture or video just the same.
And to think, I thought I was becoming this technological genius in just a matter of about 3 weeks with everything we have been working on. According to the "Top 100 Tools for Learning 2014" I have only dabbled in about 30% of the items. That means there is so much more for me to explore, and so little time. Thanks to Jane Hart's slideset I was able to review the top 100 list with their brief descriptions, and at the same time get some good ideas for tools that I can immediately use such as Notability, Prezi, diigo, and Glogster.
Jane Hart defines a learning tool, "as any software or online tool or service that you use either for your own personal or professional learning, for teaching or training." Although my usage list is only at about 30%, I was surprised to view some of the Top 100 learning tools on the list such Pinterest and Google maps, and Twitter at #1 spot.