As a player development coach, I have always been a believer in integrating video analysis in biomechanical skills training. Teaching skill specific movement in basketball is quite challenging when players do not see what they are doing right or wrong. In the 80's I remember Kareem Abdul Jabar training Vlade Divac when he first came to the US. Jabar used a large video camera and a bulky TV to show Divac what he was doing wrong. Before slow motion analysis apps like Ubersense, it would have cost a fortune for a coach like myself to have that kind of tech at my disposal. Now, I can just use my phone to help my clients become aware of how they move. The interface for these apps are just amazing.
For the record, I've always wanted to produce this one particular app with my computer science buddies. If anyone wants to partner up please let me know!
There have been many apps created for basketball shot charts. A shot chart is a way to keep track of which areas on the floor both teams are making and missing shots from. Some existing shot chart apps already do this. They even track individual player scoring areas and keep statistics for points. Since such an app already exists in both the IOS and Android platforms, what you may ask can I do to make it better. Well, knowing where players are making and missing shots from is great information to have. I would like to take it a notch higher by adding an option to identify what type of defense was being played. For instance, if player #4 shoots a 3 point basket, I would like to know if he is making it when my team is in man or zone defense. I would like to have the option of being able to customize the tags for the defense. For instance, if we were playing man, was it switching, sagging, etc. If we were in zone when the basket occurred, what type of zone was it. This way, we can see what defensive scheme is working during the game. This would be a great edge for coaches. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if top NCAA teams secretly have this.
If you ever decide to make this app, please let me in on it!
It's amazing how much technology has empowered both teachers and learners to take control of education. With Web 1.0, we were pretty much living under the monopoly of companies that controlled web content. Today we have the ability to be the source of the content via Web 2.0.
As teachers, having the ability to create content and reach our students is a major advancement in education. Aside from Moodle or Blackboard, we can create content for our students free via the use of social media platforms. This is just something an educator can do as a personal choice. Now it seems that educational institutions have seen the wisdom in using Web 2.0 platforms that a school based in London has reportedly had an MBA program delivered entirely through a Facebook app. At first glance, this may seem like a less than professional way to handle education. But on the contrary, this is just the reality and possibilities that Web 2.0 brings to the table. Undoubtedly, the internet has changed the way we approach education. Thank you Tim Berners-Lee!
Nowadays, basketball coaches almost always have to have a some type of web presence, either via personal website or social media. It's always important for coaches who are currently employed to connect with the fanbase and colleagues via the web. For those who are currently in between jobs, it's critical to stay relevant by being in the thick of any trending discussions within the profession via social media. Thus, I will always make sure to have some type of scouting and player development website to keep myself professionally relevant. Also, I will maintain my Twitter and Instagram accounts and keep both as professional as possible. I think those three things are the most relevant technologies for my career... unless trends change.
While Kobe Bryant is the closest thing that comes to Michael Jordan in terms of skills and abilities, this video from our friends at BballBreakdown shows us the biggest difference between the two. E.Q.
Post some thoughts on your blog about being “always on” and how you feel it might affect education
My wife and daughter always say that I spend way too much time online via my smart phone. I fear that while my age would disagree, I am part of Generation Always On (GAO). Why am I always on? Well, mainly because I can be on. It's amazing how much access we have just with our phones alone. Admittedly, I am worried about developing an inability to enjoy my relationships with people who are actually around me, focus for long periods of time, and think deeply. I do not want to be a just shallow consumer of information. On the other hand, I am grateful for having technology that allows me to gather the information I need to solve problems.
Students that are part of GAO will undoubtedly be good students in immediate terms. What I mean is that, their ability to access information instantly will help them complete schoolwork and pass their courses. The problem is, will they be able to retain such information. As the saying goes, "easy come, easy go". If the research they perform is the instant variety where no books or libraries are involved, their brains might just put what their are learning in the temporary file folder of their brains and delete it after a short period of time. This should really be a big concern for educators. The future student will definitely be wired much differently from past generations. How can we ensure that students will not reach a point where the blessing of educational technology is no longer a blessing but a curse.
Not the best photo but what a great moment! This was my last game as a stand in Head coach. We were down by as much as 21 in the first half but our guys never gave up. We made adjustments and I lost my voice but overall, I was a happy camper.
In a 2012 study by Nicole A. Buzzetto-More called Social Networking in Undergraduate Education, it is demonstrated that a social media tool like Facebook can be an effective facilitator of academic learning. According to the study, Facebook is perceived as a learning tool that engages students and enhances the overall learning experience. While the study shows that it is not quite a complete substitute for more official learning platforms like Blackboard or Moodle, the study hits a very important part effective learning. When used as a supplement to classes, Facebook proved to keep students more engaged than the usual tools.
The sense of community and lively discussions it encourages are things that Blackboard or Moodle might not be able to generate. The whole point of utilizing the internet for education is to bring the classroom to the students. The reality is that academic learning tools remain to be classrooms that students have to make an effort to enter. Using Facebook and other types of social media on the other hand brings courses to where the students are truly are... logged onto Facebook. As educators, we have to cast our nets where the fish already are. When we do this, it's like shooting fish in a barrel.
As a student myself, I believe that the best way to keep me motivated and engaged in my studies is to have the material delivered in a medium that I am already plugged into. For instance, I go on YouTube all the time for any instructional needs I may have like how to fix a car or how to tie a neck tie. I am a very audio-visual learner and I really appreciate the fact that my grad school instructors use videos as a supplement to our classes.
In my experience as a coach and educator, I have always had to find ways to use social media as a way to keep students in my classroom so to speak. Extending the reach of our class to their social comfort zones, albeit virtual, has really helped my players and students stay up to date with announcements and lessons. They even respond to me on an almost instantaneous basis just because they are always on social media. In tech terms, that's a great exploit.
As a basketball coach, I feel that my greatest strength is in identifying and understanding problems to create a solution. This is perhaps my very own sweet spot in the profession. When some coaches might say "somethings just don't work so let's move on," I feel that I am able to analyze the situation easily and apply logical solutions. For instance, when a player cannot seem to perform a certain move, the first thoughts in my brain are, Is he hurt?, Does his body have some mechanical abnormality?, Has he ever been taught this?, What compartments of the move is he having trouble with?, Can he benefit from a break own of the move?, If I break down the move, which part should I teach first?. Another example would be when a certain offensive set just seems to not work. I always do a quick check on any possible variable that may be causing the problem. The first thing I consider is what defense the other team is playing. Then I think about whether or not our players are making the correct decisions within the set. I also try to see if we have the right players on the floor for the set. I think even as a child I have always been a believer of causality. So when I say, I am good at identifying problems, what I really mean is that I am good at identifying their causes and in turn solutions. I would say that this is my sweet spot because I never get tired of the grind of problem solving. Even after long hours, I honestly feel more fulfilled than tired when I help our team identify and solve problems.
On the other hand, I feel that confrontations with colleagues and peers are situations in which I would feel like a fish out of water. There have been many instances in which I ought to tell others what they are doing wrong but I tend to shy away from it. I have always been like this even as a child. I always hold the hope that people will realize on their own that what they are doing is not right. This really is not a good strategy but my personality really gets in the way. I am more of an encourager rather than a "criticizer". This is quite a struggle as my strength is seeing problems. In confrontational situations, I feel that my strength of identifying problems becomes a burden. Perhaps my strength in encouraging people is the way for me to go right now. I have no choice but to play to my strengths.