Getting The Most Out Of #SHAPEBoston: #PopUpPD & Bingo!
by Joey Feith
I’m so insanely excited to be able to attend this year’s SHAPE America National Convention & Expo in Boston!
Here’s the thing though: I never thought I was going to be able to attend the convention. Because of that, I never submitted a proposal to speak or made any actual plans on getting there. I didn’t even realize the freakin’ thing was happening during my March break!
That said, a few weeks ago I was talking to my friend Aaron Hart (the man/legend behind OPEN) and told him I was bummed because I wasn’t in a position to be able to attend the convention. Aaron looked into things and got back to me with some great news: that US Games (whose Board of Advisors I sit on… check out my picture on page 25!) was in a position to hook me up with a free registration (which, because I was late to the game, would have cost me about 17 Billion dollars CAD)!
Alright, enough with the gushy stuff!
I’m going to Boston! Jess (my wife ?) and I made the final decision last night, we booked the AirBnB, and we’re ready for a road trip!
As much as I can’t wait to visit the city with my wife as a March break retreat… I also want to get the absolute most out of my #SHAPEBoston experience and want to help you do the same! Here’s what I’ve got planned (read to the end, you don’t want to miss it):
I’m not going to let the fact that I never submitted a proposal/got asked to speak at #SHAPEBoston slow me down in my quest to help physical educators be the best teachers they can be!
I’ve been really busy since the relaunch of this site and have a metric ton of new ideas I want to share with teachers, and plan on doing just that at #SHAPEBoston.
To get that done, I’m going to be hosting a few #PopUpPD sessions!
#PopUpPD session are short (30min), informal sessions that take place outside of regular session hours (so as to not interfere with the awesome teachers who, unlike the moron typing this, actually submitted proposals and got accepted to speak). The session will take place at a bar, cafe or lobby… depending on how many people pre-register. Since I won’t have a fancy projector setup, I’ll be providing attendees with a link to the Google Slides document I will create for each session so that everyone can follow along and leave with a handout.
I’m asking people to pre-register for the sessions just to make it easier for me to decide where to host the session (attendees will be emailed the afternoon before) based on the size of the group and to avoid any chances of me sitting alone in a hotel lobby because nobody wanted to join me.
I’ll give up to three #PopUpPD sessions while I’m in Boston. The topics would be:
If you’re interested in hearing me speak on any of these topics, use this Google Form to pre-register for my #PopUpPD sessions. As long as a topic has at least 5 people registered, I’ll find a way to run it (even if that means running it while running)!
Alright, this is a first for me, so let’s see how it goes!
Onto to my next #SHAPEBoston initiative (I’ve had a very busy day!)
Back in 2013, I attended my last PHE Canada National Conference (which is ridiculous that I haven’t been able to attend any since then).
Out of straight up excitement for the event, I created an interactive Social Bingo card. The idea was that you would try to get bingo by meeting people from different provinces and then tweeting about it.
I really loved the idea of the Bingo card, but it had a few setbacks. For one, the technology was clunky (Twitter still wasn’t great on mobile). Second, there were no prizes so I don’t think people were that motivated to play.
Well… the times they are a-changin’!
For #SHAPEBoston, I’ve made a new social bingo card. It’s fully interactive and it’s pretty sweet (at least I think so… then again I just spent the last 10 hours making it). All you need is a mobile device (phone or tablet) that has a PDF viewer app (e.g. iBooks) and the official Twitter app installed.
Here’s a walkthrough to show you how the #SHAPEBoston Bingo card works:
If you want to play #SHAPEBoston Bingo and win some prizes, just download the PDF to your mobile device.
I’m really happy to be able to be giving back to the community that has helped shaped me as a teacher and I’m so incredibly grateful to be able to meet up with so many of you next week in Boston.
Thanks for reading, good luck with your Bingo, and Happy Teaching!
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