Category Archives: Connecting Our Learning

Connected Writing Ideas

Students and even coaches are encouraged to write within the Swim & Water Polo program. Open ended questions follow:

How did practice go today?

Was it good? — That’s sorta boring. Why was it decent, or amazing, or not. However today’s practice was for you, try to learn from it. What did you gain? Can you turn a bad practice-frown upside down? Can you capitalize on the momentum of a good workout?

What are some of the things you need to do to guarantee that you’ll have a great practice the next time you are at the pool — or even in the classroom?

What about sleep? Can you put yourself to bed early? Sleep is often the best supplement for your growth and improvement. If you are training hard, you need quality sleep too. Play hard and rest hard.

Do you have a favorite going to bed routine? A favorite pillow? Do you have a favorite blanket? How can you get two extra hours of sleep tonight? With good sleep, you recover more deeply and improve brain functions. You’ll be more focused and attentive in training and boost your immune system.

Talk about water. How about hydration? Can you drink a bunch of water today?

Do not drink the pool water, of course. But, drink from the fountain. Drink at meals. Drink from your own water bottle. Take care of it. Don’t play with it, but treat it as a valued asset to guard and consume. It’s hard to remember to drink an adequate amount of water over the course of the day. Being properly soaked with water, inside and out, makes for a great day.

Performance declines happen when you sweat and body weight drops. Cramps and headaches can be more frequent. And your rate of perceived effort goes up. That means you think your efforts are hard. Don’t make the hard workout feel harder than it has to feel. Hydrate!

Write a goal for your next practice.

Most campers walk into an activity and can only brace themselves for the challenges ahead. You can do more to prepare so you are ready to perform. Don’t just react to everything that comes you way. Be brave getting in. Decide that for yourself. Be attentive to the coaches and instructors and absorb every word they say. Start to listen to them even before they speak. Be ready to catch on what comes next.

Go to practice with a specific goal in mind. The goal doesn’t have to be crazy. Tell yourself to do extra dolphin kicks on push offs the wall. Setting yourself a little goal will give you a sense of ownership and pride in your swimming. Sit down with some paper or onto the web site or tablet and make a training journal note. Write what you are going to accomplish tomorrow.

Tell the world a few things you are grateful for.

As you communicate your ideas about the things in your life you are grateful for, you’ll find that you’re doing one of the best stress-busting techniques ever. Keep perspective. Be grateful.

Writing down a few things you are grateful helps us stay positive.

Pick one piece of self-talk you want to change.

Becoming a mentally tougher is a challenge. Learning how to struggle without quitting. Press on when your heart and chest are telling you to take a break. Use visualization to help remind ourselves what we were saying to ourselves in these battles. What can we do for ourselves to be better for the next competition?

One thing you can do now and write about is to pick a piece of self-talk to use at practice tomorrow.

Controlling your self-talk is one of the biggest steps in developing a tougher, high-performance mindset.

What are some of the things you have said to yourself or others during tough practices in the pool? What negative things went through your mind? Write it out, and do some mental judo to give that negative self-talk a positive tone.

“I’m tired and I don’t feel like I can go faster…”

Vs.

“I’m tired, but so is everyone else. Let’s give the next play an awesome effort and take things from there.”

Write about the future and explain what tomorrow’s great workout can look like.

Visualization and imagination are big concepts that can be used to improve yourself. Just “daydream” about your swimming. Then daydream about tomorrow’s time at the pool. Instead of goofy daydreaming, take control of it.

Spend a few minutes visualizing what you want your stroke to feel like in pool tomorrow. See in your mind’s eye, the top-of-the-water, clean, smooth energy with your arms and legs. Picture your body zooming along the surface.

Go!

Link to input form.

Quiz Pre-flight for SKWIM Level 1 to Level 4

Test your knowledge, and the delivery of these questions and answers concerning aquatic’s safety and surf knowledge by taking these four multiple choice quizzes for a whirl. They are new and may need to be edited. Your suggestions and feedback is desired.

Every question has an opportunity to comment. You do need to register with a username and password. You need to take the tests in order.

Level 1 Quiz for SKWIM’s surf safety:


Level 2 Quiz for SKWIM’s surf safety:


Level 3 Quiz for SKWIM’s surf safety:

Level 4 Quiz for SKWIM’s surf safety:

Recap: Special SKWIM event at the Oliver Bath House and post-game open house was a blast

Our event and visit to the historic, Citiparks’ Oliver Bath House on South Side was a big success.

Citiparks Lifeguards and VIPs from The Pittsburgh Project and Mel from PPS / State Rep Gainey’s office, along with hosts, Coach Mark of Pittsburgh Obama and Kevin, SKWIM’s inventor from Washington.

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Opportunities and improvements to Pittsburgh’s scholastic sports amounts to a wicked design challenge.

 

Pittsburgh, a sports town, needs to support its citizens, families and athletes in efficient, economical ways so programs and individuals thrive. Improving the city’s recreational landscape, especially for the often neglected sectors of the city, requires the building of the appropriate  political will in these human endeavors. Furthermore, the building and changes must include a suite of collective beliefs in technical aspects.

All in all, the quagmire becomes a design problem with complicated, multi-dimensional aspects that spans age groups, abilities, interests, facilities, institutions, and budgets.

Pittsburgh’s sports overhaul is a wicked design challenge.

A report on design thinking defines wicked design challenges as a “class of social system problems which are ill-formulated, where the information is confusing, where there are many clients and decision makers with conflicting values, and where the ramifications in the whole system are thoroughly confusing” (Churchman, 1967 , p. 141).

One positive outcome is the building of a collective belief, especially among consequential stakeholders. Municipal government, county services, school districts, coaches, volunteers, college admissions officers, employers, educators, families and learners are needed for engagement and eventual prosperity.

The challenge of building a collective belief is a far more complicated design challenge than making a new slogan with team t-shirts.

The courses, interactions, pathways, playlists and experiences at Play.CLOH.org offer visual designs with digital badges, yet the movement is surprisingly complex. Badge system design demands more effort than a series of web activities and services. As Play.CLOH.org efforts are designed to function across institutional and other types of boundaries, the meta mission with an entire open badge infrastructure makes the complexity of the struggle and its design task exponentially confusing.

OPTIONAL Swim & Water Polo Activities: Downtown Parade

These events are optional and extra and are NOT a part of the normal Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Summer Dreamers events. Families are invited to participate in the following community events on your own. No transportation is provided by PPS. Questions should be sent to Coach Mark Rauterkus, 412-298-3432, (cell) or Mark@Rauterkus.com.

Downtown Parade for Pittsburgh’s Bicentennial down Liberty Avenue, Saturday, July 9, 2016. Arrive after 10 am. Parade begins at 11 am. After the parade, play aquatic games at Northside, Citiparks’ Sue Murray Swim Pool, Cedar Avenue, across from the Giant Eagle / Sunoco gas station.

Tip: Our parade position and meet-up is going to be at Liberty Ave and 11th Street. We will meet behind a school bus that is to be decorated for PPS and the Pittsburgh Promise.

Tip 2: Park your car, if you drive, near CAPA or else on the Northside by the swim pool. then walk to Liberty Avenue and 11th, near the Strip District.

Swim pool
Northside’s Sue Murray Swim Pool has plenty of space for various aquatic games in deep, middle and shallow water.

Swimmers from Summer Dreamers with Athletes United for Clean Air are going to march with Pittsburgh Public Schools and the Pittsburgh Promise to celebrate the city’s history. 

Update: Due to parade protocol, the message for the parade is about Pittsburgh Public Schools and Summer Dreamers — and not about, “Go USA! Go Leah!”

Olympic schedule insights:

Cheer for Leah Smith and Katie Ledecki as they race together in Rio on:

  • Sunday, August 7th – women’s 400m freestyle prelims/final
  • Wednesday, August 10th – women’s 800m freestyle relay prelims/final
  • Thursday, August 11th – women’s 800m freestyle prelims
  • Friday, August 12th – women’s 800m freestyle finals
  • Prelims begin at 10 am EASTERN time while Semis & Finals begin at 7 pm EASTERN.

More Swimming, Water Polo and SKWIM opportunities in Pittsburgh this summer:

  • Tuesdays, 6 to 7:30 pm, Citiparks Ammon Rec Pool, Bedford & Memory Lane, Hill District
  • Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 pm, Citiparks Ammon Rec Pool, Bedford & Memory Lane, Hill District
  • Thursdays, 6 to 7:30 pm, Citiparks Sue Murray Pool, Cedar Ave. Northside

* Additional events always published at the open google calendar at CLOH.org.

Seeking test content: Got quiz?

We are seeking helpers and partners who have written tests, exams, quizzes and other clever-input, review, guessing-games that are freely able to be shared — especially in the subject area of sports, fitness, health, wellness, active-lifestyle and games. Youth technology and young career content welcomed too.

No promises, but we’d love to host your test or quiz on these pages and then share the process and results with you too.

Call Coach Mark Rauterkus, 412-298-3432.

Email is Mark -at- Bloomfield-Garfield dot org.

Thanks.

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This article reflects upon the LRNG.org’s Partner Handbook, a guide for creating XPs, playlists and badges.

The CEO of Collective Shift, Connie Yowell, the company formed to launch LRNG.org, wants to transform learning into a lifestyle.

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Being active, fit, and an athlete is a lifestyle. Many of the “lifestyle sports” are included within the Play.CLOH.org grant proposals of 2016. Swimming, water polo, golf, kayaking, running and ultimate are certainly lifestyle sports. These activities have a lot going on, plenty of “mojo,” much to emulate.

As we work together to make learning a lifestyle, let’s work within the lifestyle sports and insure that learning is included there, in obvious ways, so that plenty of others can join, follow-along, and embrace this lifestyle of learning. To create lifelong learning, use recreation.

Giving young people better tools in their preparation for life gets top billing at Play.CLOH.org. A robust suite of additional enrichment activities and experiences for better preparing youngsters is needed and welcomed.

Sadly, many of the opportunities provided for inter-city kids are frail. Often, the institutional hurdles are high and frequent. Our swim team can’t have practices on Saturdays and Sundays. Go figure. The older kids can’t be fooled. Perpetual defeat is a buzz kill.

Let’s support the drive and desire for being dedicated, determined and disciplined. Athletes have those passions, especially when they’re improving, having fun and a sense of fairness comes within their competitive landscapes. Our kids should feel the support – then, they rise to meet challenges. Here, we can compete with anyone, anywhere. Kids, you can receive the help to become the best you can be, and that means that some are sure to become the best in the world. For everyone on the team in the community, that makes life exciting. That’s the fun lifestyle that trains minds and bodies.

High school kids who come to understand and trust the vision of Creating Literate Olympians Here can make it so. The mind leads and the body follows. They go together. The mind never leaves the body. The learning never stops. Play.CLOH.org aims to better align-and-unify mind-and-body. Play.CLOH.org prevents the divorce between the two.

Learning, teaching and playing is for the young and not-so-young. The target market for LRNG.org is 13 to 24. Why stop at 24? The system of digital badges at Play.CLOH.org champions lifelong learning for those who want to live a long life. Play unifies the young and not-so-young and prevents the divorce among the age groups. It is important to engage the kids, and everyone else.

Coach and camper
Coach and camper.

Plenty of opportunities are within these plans that speak directly to the circle of life. In Pittsburgh, our co-ed masters’ water polo team generally beats the region’s best high school boys’ team. It was an epic moral victory, and lots of fun, when the North Allegheny high school boys squad tied the Pittsburgh Masters squad at a game in the 2016 CMU tournament.

Play.CLOH.org efforts make spaces and interesting challenges so that the seasoned 50-year-olds get to buck up with the youngsters in their prime in underwater hockey, speed golf, aquatic SKWIM, ultimate, pull-ups, goal-setting, sport-first-aid, computer animation and app development. Learning lifetime-and-lifestyle lessons goes beyond age 24. Health and wellness is not a guarantee for many in communities where violence, drug use and poverty are pervasive.

Some XPs, playlists, pathways and badges within Play.CLOH.org are tagged #Lifelong_LRNG_Lifestyle when suited for inter-generational settings.

Home quote
Home quote from their handbook.

The Introduction’s “home base” can’t be confused with “home plate” nor “base camp.”

Baseball has a different concept of being “home.” In baseball, one must summon sizable amounts of courage to step-up-to-the-plate at home. Getting to home as a base runner signals a long-trip around the diamond’s three other bases. Regardless of the illustration and baseball’s vocabulary, Play.CLOH.org makes loud calls for great teams of people to step out of their comfort zones, to be present elsewhere, to be prepared by thinking ahead and to reflect, log and digitize their insights along their ways.

Both LRNG and Play.CLOH.org aim to connect communities around shared goals. The design pillars of LRNG match well among the goals and quarters of Play.CLOH.org. The over-arching goal is playing well with others. LRNG and Play.CLOH.org play well together.

LRNG’s four design pillars: Craft Experiences, Gather Communities, Build the World, and Unlock Opportunities

Play.CLOH.org features four design pillars too within its playlist for the Tech Captains badge. Plenty of overlap and common ground exists. The Play.CLOH.org “pillars” are called “quarters.” Quarter One is Present. Quarter Two is Play. Quarter Three is Technology. Quarter Four is Development. Plenty of common ground exists.

The alignment of the LRNG.org pillars and Play.CLOH.org quarters are slightly different, but the sequence of the pillars as well as quarters are not paramount.

 

Play.CLOH.org efforts consider “Why” first. “How” should be informed by “Why.” In other words, the method and activities should be informed by the purpose.

The why behind the digital badges called Tech Captains becomes clear as dozens of high school students are hired to serve as coaches, instructors, lifeguards and camp leaders for Swim & Water Polo Camp. All workers are not equal.

In 2015, 40+ employees coached more than 200 students at 10 different pools. The best employees have been high school swimmers on the Obama varsity swim team. Other athletes, but not full-time swimmers, have been great workers too. Of course the varsity swimmers know the routines, expectations and drills of the head coach. Having played the games and understanding the rules matters. They know the communication style of the boss, can read emails and be responsible to their duties. The more valuable employees have been the ones with a prior relationships with the program leader, their fellow workers and the activities. The greatness days at camp come when varsity swimmers perform and lead the younger students in grades 3 to 7.

Pittsburgh has a proven demand and available facilities to train more than 2,000 youngsters in a Swim & Water Polo Camp in the summers. Throughout the winter, Pittsburgh has the available facilities to train more than 6,000 swimmers.

Sticking points for growing the programs to reach thousands of kids are a shortage of coaches for staff positions and a lacking political will by certain individuals in high positions. The awarding of educational grants would help to sway the opinions among certain administration in the school district.

Throughout the school year, about 40 kids are involved in the varsity swim teams, boys and girls at Obama. In the district of 30,000 students, Pittsburgh has about 250 swimmers among all the schools and grades.

However, a staff of more than 100 would be needed to lead campers by the thousands. The pathway to to the Tech Captains badges can help to develop the individuals who can join the staff for future camps.

Hamstring Stretch in Homewood with Water Polo Players
Hamstring Stretch in Homewood with Water Polo Players

An All-City Sports Camp has been proposed. However, other posts are already being filled in the community. Citiparks, the YMCA, Sarah Heinz House, Hosanna House, Pittsburgh Ultimate, Venture Outdoors, Big Leagues, First Tee of Pittsburgh and our Swim & Water Polo Camp hire camp instructors. The Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation and the Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center hire about 150 kids, ages 14 to 21, for the city’s summer youth employment program.

In 2017 and beyond, it would be great if the individuals who have LRNG digital badges could take a merit-based bypass of the job lottery. Not all the kids get hired with the city’s youth job program called Learn & Earn. Those with digital badges should get hired first. That way, digital badges would unlock opportunities.

Every youngster in Pittsburgh could learn to swim and be a part of the sportsmanship and teamwork experiences of an All City Sports Camp after 400 participants have been trained in the process of playing well with others in the quest for Play.CLOH.org Tech Captain digital badges. But there is more. Existing camp experiences are already offered in the community by many of the supporting agencies and institutions within the Play.CLOH.org network. Those camps hire high school students. Every camp can benefit with more enhanced staff preparations with year-round XPs.

The Tech Captains digital badges help to tighten the circle of life. Consider the growth of a youngster who is a camper at age 10 and then becomes a motivated learner at age 13 and grows into a valued junior instructor in a camp at age 15 to then hooks up in a camp-coaching role at age 17.

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For the high school students, fitting in the time for training, playing, competing, studying, resting, planning, socializing, learning, and instructing other youngsters is demanding work that can be made somewhat less burdensome with the hope of a pathway charted to meaningful badges from Play.CLOH.org.

Many of the young adults at age 19 are doing college internships.

The connected learning approach prioritizes experience over knowledge transfer, formation over facts. It centralizes the importance of community connections, real-world relevancy and digital technologies. The approach bridges connections between communities, content, and practitioners. When successful, it brings together learner’s passions, people, and paths.

Pittsburgh’s shared passions: Sports, Technology, Our Children. Pittsburgh is a sports town. Pittsburgh is also a technology town. Our kids are a passion for many too. Play.CLOH.org connects these common passions of sports, fitness and wellness to technology for our kids. With this approach, the entire community can be responsible. Schools, nonprofits, companies, gamers, governments, caregivers, mentors, and peers are all involved in Play.CLOH.org.

DML Competition Proposal in one page

The DML Competition is a highly competitive, national grant for up to $125,000 to craft connected learning solutions. A proposal called, Play.CLOH.org, was completed and submitted on May 13, 2016. This page presents that proposal.


Links:

Wiki page of the proposal, (edits happened):  http://aforathlete.wikia.com/wiki/DML_Competition/Application#Overview

  1. Overview (scroll down)
  2. Rationale
  3. Audience
  4. Learning outcomes and validation
  5. Playlist Inventory
  6. Implementation and outreach
  7. Budget

Overview

Please provide a 250-word overview of the proposed playlist(s), including theme, learning objectives, and intended outcomes. This concise description will be publicly displayed. Applicants should add more detail about their proposed project in corresponding categories.
250 words max.


“Playing well with others” is our playlist theme. Buttressing the theme, students acquire life-skill-development opportunities in:

1) Leadership and team-building,

2) Self management (taking personal responsibility for one’s own behavior) through follow-through skills, and

3) Social/emotional skills enhancement through structured inter/intrapersonal skill identification, practice and self-monitoring activities.

To accomplish desired objectives within Play.CLOH.org’s XPs and along the self-selected pathways, participants:

set goals,

make reasonable/feasible plans to accomplish their goals,

make the goals happen, and

evaluate the results.

The quest for our featured badges, Tech Captains, is for students who want to grow as leaders and become better people through the application of best practices of both athletics and technology.

All high school students can join and engage in learning activities that combine both sports and technology — regardless of athletic abilities. Coding, app development and animation centers on their teams’ skills, routines, playbooks and goals.

Connected learning happens across playlists and within XPs. Kids make decisions, plan, compromise, ask questions and balance their lives with sports and technology. Play.CLOH.org’s orientation introduces a 4-quarter gadget that helps kids focus the holistic challenges of the playlists while combining sports, technology and development.

Individuals grow in sports and tech from enthusiastic children to mature, self-managed, responsible players, junior instructors, captain leaders, certified lifeguards, and accredited, rookie coaches. Enthusiasm is still present, but participants are equipped with carefully structured goal-setting and self-monitoring evaluation procedures. Participants learn how one works to make things happen through fun experiences.


Rationale

Provide a rationale for the importance of the proposed playlist(s) that takes into consideration the Playlists for Learning criteria, including how your playlist(s) will design engaging connected learning experiences for youth learners, build supportive learning communities, and unlock meaningful opportunities. Explain clearly how the playlist will scale and enhance existing connected learning opportunities. See the detailed criteria for additional information.
500 words max.


Love of sports gives motivation to opportunities in technology about sports. Appreciation for computer science soars when digital activities relate to sports passions and interests.

Skills used in striving for sports achievement support technology learning achievement. Examples are goal setting, measurement details, positive coaching, mentoring.

Aerobic activities support cognitive performance. Physical activities support tech learning.

Mindfulness used for peak athletic performance applies equally to peak academic and/or tech performance.

Sports teamwork and camaraderie supports technology learning.

Our playlists educate. More knowledge reduces frustrations and builds motivation. Motivated, smart participants are better equipped goal setters. Success breeds individual and team growth. More teams leads to better leagues (pleasing PPS, Pgh Ultimate, SKWIM, CWPA) with more customers (pleasing TeamUnify, eLifeguard, AD Starr, Pro Bike + Run, Milestone Sports, Pair.com) and, increased services (pleasing LiveCode). Open-source operations thrive with greater numbers of users. Additional sponsors willingly promoting this cause/movement fuels additional sharing. Solutions evolve. Future generations benefit when open-source and LiveCode expands in sports to penetrate the mind share and market share in school districts.

Similar amounts of energy and hard work that gets devoted to playing sports, improving fitness, sharpening techniques and challenging opponents can be applied to academic pursuits and learning to master technology. Tackling complicated computer science projects can occur with the same intensity as displayed in sports.

Athletes already connecting with scholastic sports hosted by their schools (7.8M in US) can opt into leadership roles with our meaningful playlists.

Secondary outcomes of sportsmanship and teamwork are reinforced at deliberate team talks at our Swim & Water Polo activities. In 2015, participants huddled, discussed and bestowed Teamwork and Sportsmanship digital badges to deserving people. Playing well with others is a valued theme in discussions. LRNG’s 2016 badges do not align well with spur-of-moment recognition. A different digital honor and positive acknowledgement is desired. Patches from USA Swimming’s DeckPass app (35M delivered) is a suitable alternative, especially if bridged among TeamUnify and wikipage user profiles with links to LRNG.

Open source software’s sharing philosophy teaches many lessons regarding how to play with others and sustainability of projects.

Convergence of Raspberry Pi 3 and LiveCode presents a disruptive innovation worthy of investments.

Diverse activities fuel sports’ popularity. Diversity of Play.CLOH.org’s network of 35 partners and XP/Wildcard_Play_Dates insures variety and scale.

Repeating the process of doing Tech Captain badges matches how athletes generally earn multiple varsity letters in the same sport. Some students do different sports in fall, winter and spring seasons. Different sports illuminate fresh challenges for tech animation, concept maps, etc.


Audience

Provide a description of the local and/or global audiences that your existing connected learning programming and/or content currently serves. Explain clearly how a playlist will broaden that reach. Indicate what new audiences will be engaged, and, if applicable, what opportunities will be unlocked for youth learners.
300 words max.


Leagues, coaches, students, customers, members, developers and patrons (200K+) are served currently with Play.CLOH.org’s network (35 orgs). Pittsburgh Public Schools has 40,000 (students, staff). TeamUnify.com has 40,000 users with records (4,000 teams x 100 per team). PA Athletic Directors Association is training 40,000 coaches in two years. LiveCode gets 40,000 downloads per month. Everyone seeks to grow market share and mind share.

Students, 13-to-24, who want to grow as leaders and become better people through the application of best practices of both athletics and technology can engage. World-wide groups can engage in our learning activities that combine sports and technology.

Locally, 100 recruits coalesce into a regional Varsity Club. Expansion comes with Athletic Directors Association(s) and coaching-education mandates being implemented in 30 other states. The playlist provides teachers/coaches effective tools and knowledge for enhancing sportsmanship, teamwork and goal-setting. More meaningful and safer learning experiences unfold.

This audience is challenged to grow as leaders and individuals along a pathway in tech and play to become responsible players, junior instructors, captain leaders, certified lifeguards, and accredited coaches – all unlocked opportunities.

Through other initiatives, Tech Captains position themselves to unlock jobs. Mastering technology unlocks interviews, mentoring relationships, tours and services from high-tech businesses.

Tech Captains unlock over-night camps/clinics where additional badges with accreditation are taught. Student reach extends collegiate aspirations with wider academic plans and NCAA recruiting.

Perks come from completing XPs: Races, internships, trips.

New audiences are predicted in every direction. Most exciting: Putting LiveCode in US schools, open-source into sports, SKWIM games into community aquatics, concept mapping into sports justice issues, and deliberate goal setting skills with accountability into the hearts and minds of 9th and 10th grade youngsters.


Learning outcomes and validation

Discuss playlist learning outcomes. Define the knowledge, skills, or attributes that are to be gained through completion of proposed playlist(s). Address how learning will be validated and assessed, including how digital badges will be used.
300 words max.

* 1. Goal Setting.
* 2. Technology Mastering.
* 3. Foundation building to a career pathways of coaching.

Coaches influence students with hopes that players will want to coach their children in the future. Let’s begin to establish skills, knowledge and dispositions along a career pathway that may lead to successful coaching.

Tech Captains unlock courses at overnight camps taught by instructor-trainers. Certifications within badges (Rookie Coach, Sports First Aid, Jedi-like Lifeguards) are mandatory and thousands of jobs exist for young people. Validated by numbers certified.

Students gain top summer jobs because of badges. Positive employees, camp leaders, lifeguards, swim instructors, mentors, coaches, college club players, and NCAA recruited athletes are in high demand.

Students gain new layers of support as they engage in their schools’ sports squads as a result of these connected learning pathways. Records of attendance, a function of TeamUnify.com’s OnDeck app, validate devotion and the need to show up. Many goals hinge upon being present. Attend every meet. Never miss a practice.

We count improvements. The number of competitions, badge earners, and user profiles on various sites are scored. Many of XPs have online tests.

Students able to make open-source-software contributors can control their piece in the world.

The number, size and collaboration of concept maps is scored.

Students progress in technology within levels – competent, literate, fluent, brilliant (2018) genius (2019). LiveCode’s easy nature helps speed the process.

Records are created as URLs with uploaded photos within wiki pages. Wiki edit count automatically with every username.

Milestone Pod’s leader board shows running distances, statistics.

Students learn that great support comes within. Deal with devices, analytics, motivation, guidance, distant perspectives, and planning.

Sportsmanship and teamwork are secondary outcomes with fitness, school spirit improvements, and service to others.


Inventory

* Provide a detailed description of all proposed playlist content and experiences. Include an indication of whether content and experiences are existing or to be developed with grant funds. Please note that limited funds will be awarded for new content creation. New content will only be funded in those instances where it is proposed in conjunction with a pre-existing connected learning program and is intended to augment existing learning resources or experiences. * 300 words max. Students get a badge system for best-in-class participation sports, technology and human development. Play.CLOH.org proposes 9 badges and 96 XPs. Educational assets exist and are 90% complete.

Leadership badges:

Tech Captains,

Literate Olympians,

Rookie Coaches,

Sports First Aid,

Jedi-like Lifeguards.

Specialist badges:

Aquatics,

Tech Competent,

Tech Literate,

Tech Fluent,

Digital Sports Communicators, and

Striving Volition.

Total: 96 XPs (XPs with local and virtual flavors count once.)

Q1:Present XPs (9)

HQ Orientation,
Treasure Within,
Sports Readers,
Feet Wet,
00,
Not Just A Game,
Race, Power & American Sports,
Keystones,
Hex

Q2:Play XPs (21)

Geocaching Aerobics,
Pull Your Own Weight Lifestyle,
West Penn PYOW Lift-off,
Water Polo,
Deep Water,
SKWIM/Level 1, 2, 3, 4,
Routines/Level_1,
High Ropes Course,
Kayak_Nadadores,
Kayak_Pittsburgh,
Booster,
Corporate Deck Hockey,
HH Deck Hockey Confab,
Speed Golf Tournament,
Mile_Swim,
25x25y@:25,
Open_Water_Swimmer,
Perfect 50

Q2:Wild Card Play_Dates (15)

XP/* Play_Dates are branded for network’s entities.
XP/Varsity Practices,
XP/Varsity Competitions, (support scholastic sports teams)

Example of two others:

XP/Citiparks Play_Dates,
XP/Underwater Hockey Play_Dates

Q3:Technology XPs (17)

Cmaps Concept Maps,
Geocaching Aerobics,
Github,
LiveCode Animation,
LiveCode Cloud_Computing,
LiveCode Explorer,
LiveCode Hello_World,
LiveCode HTML5,
LiveCode Playbooks,
LiveCode Widgets,
Mascot Hearder,
Open Source Sports,
Partner Coding,
Passwords,
PayPal,
Raspberry_Pi_3_Rookie,
Time_Out! I_Didn’t_Hear_You
Q3:More (9) Edit
Apps for Andoid,
Apps for iOS,
Chat Bots,
eCommerce,
Encription,
LiveCode Big Data,
LiveCode Video Games,
LiveCode/Server,
Pair.com/Virtual Servers

Q4:Development XPs (26)

Coaching Boys Into Men Huddle,
Coaching Boys Into Men Training
Collegiate Recruiting,
First Tee Nine Core Values/1-to-9,
Goals Levels 1-to-6,
JCC Special Olympics,
Op-Ed,
Open Mic,
Routines/Level 2, Scorers,
Service Leadership in School Yard Baseball,
Sport In Society,
Umpires

Q4:More (8)

Yoga,
Mindfulness/Savoring & more.


Provide a preliminary implementation and communication strategy, including a plan for engaging organizational stakeholders and audiences who will use the proposed playlist(s).
300 words max.


Schools, districts and coaches announce to potential Tech Captains.

Student craft playlists with our four-quarter playlist-wizard that streamlines and simplifies logic within our efforts. Students are presented XPs and optionally: skip, reading more, flag for later and choose to begin. The LiveCode, open-source wizard is shared at XP/HQ_Orientation. It prompts student choices and minds sequences.

Tech Captains earn 20 XPs among 96. The depth and range of XPs has years of quality challenges. Students are encouraged to begin again every scholastic season, 3x per year.

Tech Captains unlock eligibility for attending overnight camps, certification opportunities and badges Rookie Coach; Sports First Aid; and Jedi-like Lifeguards.

Internal communication among students and leaders with our open-source community trumpets tech-rich, wiki-driven, github-enriched communication. Alerts arrive with TeamUnify’s powerful tools and multiple email lists. Personal interactions and teleconferences within XPs, especially XP/Sport In Society, address house-keeping matters.

Outreach

Contacting people in sports is easier than most other interests. External outreach occurs at competitions, coaches clinics, sports-page coverage, media interviews, podcasts, and to schools, teams and leagues.

Play.CLOH.org’s 35 partners do extensive outreach. Our success within LRNG get promoted and amplified to the national offices (YMCA, JCC, Boys & Girls Clubs, Faith-based Organizations).

* Budgeted and in-kind PR occurs in catalogs and clinics. (A.D.Starr, Human Kinetics, TeamUnify and eLifeguard.com. Pittsburgh hosts 2017’s National Drowning Prevention Alliance convention.)

* PA High School Athletic Directors, collaborator, reaches scholastic athletes.

* TeamUnify.com has one of the largest web sites in youth sports.

* Media partners include Urban Media Today (local), Dave Zirin (national).

* Pair.com, IHMC.us, LiveCode.org, have extensive presence and communication capacity in global tech sectors.

* Water Polo Association, SKWIM connect to aquatics. AutoCoach.au.com has customers around the world.


Budget

Play.CLOH.org Budget Spreadsheet

dml6-budget

Accepted File Types: xls, xlsx, csv

Budget Narrative

Provide a 300 word budget narrative explaining each budget item proposed.
300 words max.

  • $19,350, Design & Art costs are for graphics of the 96 XPs ($150) and 9 badges ($350) plus the handbook and playlist wizard app ($1800) coding in LiveCode for the XP/HQ Orientation. Appealing designs help at first blush and within the LRNG site.
  • $21,700.00 for Tech Tools
    • Q300 Milestone Pods, digital pedometers
    • Q100 Raspberry Pi 3 to 100 opening phase students, gratis, $35 + $10 case + $20 64gb MicroSD. Some cables, monitors, keyboards, cameras and gadgets for mobile lab.
    • Presenter tech of $4,200 + $600 for internet + $660 for eCommerce fees.
  • $20,000 to coaching for costs of books, clinics, scholarships, plus marketing and support specific to the American Coaching Education Program operated by Human Kinetics. Impacts XP/Sports Reader, XP/HQ Orientation and badges Rookie Coach and Sports First Aid.
  • $6,540, infrastructure, insurance includes 230 memberships to American Water Polo and BGC financial oversight: checks, payroll, 501(c)(3) office.
  • $23,660, PR & Marketing launches 4.3 campaigns at $4K each with partners with extensive catalogs / marketing presence: eLifeguard, AD Starr (baseball), Pro Bikes, AutoCoach.au.com, TeamUnify.com, Pair.com, LiveCode.com for EDU outreach.
    • Streaming and public viewing rights for sports/culture films by Dave Zirin, $350 each to Media Education Foundation. Impacts XP/Not Just a Game, XP/Race Power & American Sports, XP/Sports In Society.
    • Print/Postage, $1,800. Press releases, monthly, 12 x $180 = $2160.
  • $33,000 covers staff and payroll
    • Exec Coach = Mark Rauterkus at 50% FTE = $25,200.
    • Goals Coach, Kay Atman, Ph.D., creator of Goal Inventory Index. Impacts six Goals XPs, Level 1 to Masters, $3,000.
    • CEO of SpiderLearning.com, Bill Taylor, $4,800 as Interface Coach that bridges network partners to LRNG.org for bestowing badges.
  • $750 for Sports equipment, 25 polo balls/SKWIM disks, $30.

Links:

Wiki page of the proposal, (edits happened):  http://aforathlete.wikia.com/wiki/DML_Competition/Application#Overview

  1. Overview
  2. Rationale
  3. Audience
  4. Learning outcomes and validation
  5. Playlist Inventory
  6. Implementation and outreach
  7. Budget

Playlist Organizer App and Ebook — Playlist Wizard

This open-source, LiveCode-built, four-quarter playlist wizard app is slated for release in the fall 2016. The cross-platform program is delivered on the Raspberry Pi 3 for participants. Download versions available too.

An ebook application is being prepared to display a playlist of the various XPs within the four quarters in the quest to getting Tech Captain digital badges.

The connected learning happens within each experience and also across the playlists among the quarters. Students get to do activities in quarter one, present; quarter two, play; quarter three, technology and quarter four, development.

Plenty of flexibility exists so that students can pick from a large suite of XPs, charting their own playlists. This four-window gadget, created in LiveCode, helps to organize the students efforts.

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The draft image above of the feature badge for Tech Captains includes a time-stamp, Fall 2016. A version notation may not be in its final implementation. The badge outline is not displayed, so additional design tweaks are expected.