There are so many tools out there for data analysis via the web it is almost overwhelming. Every statistical analysis tool out there seems to offer anything from percentages and totals calculations to more advanced tools that require more education to learn and use. One of the sights that I spent some time on was MarketSight. They offer online data analysis and also a lot of knowledge for people like myself who may not be the most knowledgeable in this arena. Their site was easy to navigate and they offer automatic statistical analysis features that seem easy to learn and use. This site seems like it would avoid headaches that could otherwise prevail when using perhaps more confusing harder to interpret statistic applications.
One aspect of a PWP that sets it apart from LinkedIn and I find appealing is that PWP's can really be anything you want them to be. An individual can create a personal web preference for fun, work, or as a marketing tool. This creative component is not evident with LinkedIn. LinkedIn is great, but its purpose seems to be much more specific and geared toward networking and an individuals business profile. With PWP's the sky is the limit in terms of creativity. Anyone that knows how to use the internet can create a PWP and benefit from it, whereas with a LinkedIn account, people that are more interested in developing their professional networks may find more value there. Both professional portfolios are great resources, but depending on where you are at in your life and what you want to accomplish, it may make more sense for you to invest in either a PWP or LinkedIn. For people that find value in both, there is no reason why I wouldn't suggest going that route either.
There are a few networking strategies that I think are essential to overall success in whatever a person does. Communication is the first. Maintaining regular and consistent contact with the people you begin to network with. Another is keeping what it is you do simple by zoning in on what it is that is really proving to be the most beneficial to you and your business and generating the best results. It seems that those areas are the ones that a person should spend more time focusing on. Additionally, accessing resources is critical in networking. The resources are out there, it's about getting connected to them and staying connected to them. Also, as hard as it may be to be patient in the beginning with this, being generous and giving seem to be two things that will pay you back at least two-fold. By giving time and advice, more opportunities and positive results are more likely to come your way.
Wikipedia is the first thing that came to mind when the term "Wiki" came up. This is in fact a very popular example of a Wiki. A wiki, being a piece of software enabling people to create and edit the content of a web page is a relatively newer concept. Wikipedia allows for just this. Any user can edit the content of Wikipedia. I never really completely understood how this whole concept worked but after educating myself I am really in awe of the entire thing. One the one hand, the information from these sources may not always be accurate leaving room for false information to be displayed, yet on the other hand, this resource allows for very quick updating of that material that my be inaccurate or not with the times. I think wikis are great because they can be useful in education. For example, students in a class can work on a project collaboratively by posting their work on a wiki, allowing each individual to go an make changes and provide feedback to one another. I have never used wikis in an educational setting like the one I just described until today, but I a hoping that in the future I will get a chance to explore this further.
There are definitely a few differences that I noticed right away between LinkedIn and Facebook. First, it seems that there are many more professionals on LinkedIn and it draws an older crowd for that reason. There aren't many teenagers that join LinkedIn, that age group tends to spend their time on Facebook. LinkedIn seems to be a place you can find, be introduced, and collaborate with qualified professionals that you need to work with to accomplish your goals. It exists not as just a social network but as a way to make better use of your professional network and help the people you trust in return. As a professional and someone who is has several career goals I find LinkedIn such an awesome tool and feel that I will be starting to spend ample time using it as a resource in my own endeavors.
There are several things that I think a PWP can do to help enhance my profile. Particularly in terms of personal training, I can provide my clients with a place they can read more about my philosophies and more about what I support, spend my spare time doing, and maybe even some of the causes I advocate. A PWP should not only include a background regarding who I am and my philosophies regarding fitness, health and my career, but it should also be supported by my credentials. It is important that my readers know that I am educated and that the information that I share with them is coming from my own professional experiences. Therefore, a resume that includes work, educational and volunteer history is definitely something that ought to be part of a PWP.
An application exists for just about everything you can possibly imagine. Therefore, you really can use them to accomplish just about anything you want. Specifically in education, apps allow everyone from students to teachers to learn and teach all sorts of things. I think that there are a couple of apps that I find extremely beneficial to the average student and teacher/professor. Keynote is a resource and application that I have used not just for note-taking but also for presentations. FA teacher or coach can used keynote to add visual aids to a presentation they may be giving a class or group of athletes. Keynote allows for the sharing of files and has truly helped advance the sharing of educational information in and out of schools for both students and teachers or anyone that seeks knowledge. Another application that I find very useful in education is DropBox. Dropbox allows very easily an individual to transfer files to another Mac or iPad. I have not only shared music, but also files and slides from previous classes with colleagues or other students that I have worked on projects with. This allows for much fast transfer of files and also allows you to transfer larger quantities of information without having to attach the information to an email. Apps in education are a wonderful resource that everyone should take advantage of.
After reading through the top 100 tools for learning I was a bit surprised. I was surprised because I couldn't believe how many of them I actually have experience using. I went through all 100 and counted at least 30 that I have used at some point in the past or currently use. The reason why I was a bit surprised was because I honestly only estimated that I would have been familiar with about ten of the tools. After I scrolled through I saw thing like iTunes, applications for my Android, Google Scholar, and Excel. These are all things I have a lot of experience with yet didn't realize would be on the list. I honestly feel a little bit better now knowing that I have used at least about 1/3 of the top tools for learning in 2012. :)