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The #PhysEd Playlists Project

In case you haven’t noticed, the #physed community is now huge.

ThePhysicalEducator.com’s numbers alone are enough to boggle my mind. With over 100 000 yearly visits, closing in on 10 000 Twitter followers, thousands of email/podcast subscribers, and over 1500 Facebook likes… it’s incredible how much this little community has grown over the past few years.

That being said, numbers don’t mean much unless you do something with them. That’s why I would like to launch some amazing crowdsourced projects in 2014 to showcase the incredible work we can all get done together.

The idea is to start with some small, fun projects and then move on to the more serious stuff. So, without further ado, let me present to you the first of these projects:

The #PhysEd Playlists Project

I don’t know about you, but I love playing music during my lessons. Its a great way to a) create a fun learning environment, b) manage my class in subtle fashion (e.g. fitness stations durations determined by music), and c) gently bring my class to a halt by stopping the music rather than blowing a loud whistle.

However, getting physical education playlists together for my lessons can be tedious work. With so many great songs to work with, it can be easy to accidentally leave out a few classics.

This is the problem that The #PhysEd Playlists Project (with a little help from Google Drive) aims to solve. It’s as simple as entering info into a spreadsheet. Actually, it’s exactly that. Here’s more info on how you can be a part of it:

Using The Spreadsheet

1. First of all, check out The #PhysEd Playlists Project’s Google spreadsheet.

Screen Shot 2014-01-14 at 7.52.56 PMAs you can see, its pretty straightforward. One sheet for each playlist (we’ll start with Pop, 80s, Rock, and Oldies), and three columns per sheet (Song Title, Artist(s), Submitted By).

2. Submit tracks to any of the playlists

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Be sure to include the proper song title (typing out your attempts at humming the song won’t count), include the artist’s name, and be sure to leave your Twitter handle/name to receive props for the awesome jams you submitted!

3. If you’d like to create a new playlist genre, go ahead!

Screen Shot 2014-01-14 at 7.03.08 PMI created a sheet called “Duplicate” (it’s just a blank, formatted sheet). If you would like to create a new playlist (I’m looking at you, Country Stars), just right click on the “Duplicate” tab, select Duplicate from the options, and then rename the new tab to whatever genre you’re proposing.

The Challenge

Here’s our challenge for this project: Let’s see if we can get 5 playlists with 25 songs each ready to go by Friday January 17th. Once the challenge is over I will leave The #PhysEd Playlists Project’s Google spreadsheet available to everyone and will create a “#PhysEd Playlists” resource page on ThePhysicalEducator.com with links to all of the songs so you can easily access them.

I’m sure that, with our combined musical databases, we will rock this challenge (rock… get it?)

Sound good? Ok! Let’s get our iTunes going and get this challenge done!

Thanks for reading and happy teaching!

PS: How do you use music in your teaching? I’d love to hear your ideas/strategies so feel free to leave a comment below!

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Joey Feith is the founder of ThePhysicalEducator.com. He currently teaches elementary physical education at St. George’s School of Montreal in Quebec, Canada.

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