#PEPics 2018: Visual Inspiration for Physical Education
by Joey Feith
So this is just a fun idea that I wanted to invite you all to be a part of:
As most of you know, I love Twitter. I’ve been on the platform for almost a decade now and it has been an essential part of my professional development journey. One of my favourite things about Twitter is how you can launch the app, type in the #physed hashtag into the search bar, and instantly find yourself browsing through real-world examples of amazing work being done in physical education!
A few years back*, I started an initiative called #PEPics. The idea was simple: each week, I’d share a topic on Twitter and invite teachers to share pictures relevant to that topic using the #PEPics hashtag. At the end of each week, I’d collect all of the contest tweets into a single place and share it with teachers as a tool for visual inspiration.
The problem was that, at the time, it was a pain in the neck to compile tweets and share them as a collection with other teachers. It wound up being a lot more work than I could balance at the time and I wound up dropping the project.
Flash forward to 2018 and we have these wonderful things called Twitter Moments. A Moment is a curated collection of tweets that you can easily create and share directly on Twitter. Throughout this academic school year, I started using Twitter Moments to create #PEChat summaries (you can find all of the #PEChat summaries I’ve create on the #PEChat page or on ThePhysicalEducator.com’s Twitter profile). I really enjoy the process and it makes for great content teachers can easily browse through while enjoying some time on Twitter.
That being said, I think that now is the perfect time to be bringing #PEPics back and power the project up via Twitter Moments. Here’s how it will all work:
Each week, I’ll announce a new #PEPics theme and encourage you to share pictures from your teaching reality that are aligned with that theme. Here are the themes from now until the end of the (North American) academic school year:
Some of the themes are pretty straightforward, some of them are a little vague. The important thing is to have fun with each theme, get creative, and see how you can share value in a simple picture form!
How To Contribute To #PEPics
Contributing to #PEPics is simple. Here’s how to do it:
Step Zero: Create a Twitter account. Don’t know how? Not sure how to tweet? Here’s a tutorial to help you get started!
Step One: Launch your preferred Twitter app.
Step Two: Tap the “Compose New Tweet” icon.
Step Three: Snap your #PEPics picture or select a picture from your photo library.
Step Four: Add a caption to your picture.
Step Five: Include the #PEPics hashtag in your tweet (this step is essential if you want your tweet to appear in the #PEPics Twitter Moment and be seen by a wider audience).
Step Six: Tap “Tweet’.
Since I’m basing this new #PEPics initiative around Twitter Moments, I’ll only be looking for pictures shared on that platform (for now… I’m not ignoring you die-hard Instagram users!)
How To View #PEPics Moments
At the end of the week, I’ll be compiling all of the #PEPics contributions to that week’s Twitter Moment. For now, you’ll be able to view the Twitter moments on ThePhysicalEducator.com’s Twitter profile. If I see the project gets good traction, I’ll create a dedicated #PEPics page here on ThePhysicalEducator.com to organize all of the Twitter Moments that get created over time (similar to what I’ve done on the #PEChat page for the chat summaries).
Ok, so that’s it for now! I’m really looking forward to seeing how people participate in #PEPics over the next few weeks! Actually, I’m just really excited to be sharing pictures of my own! I really feel that #PEPics will be an awesome way to organize all of the visual inspiration we already find on Twitter and provide teachers with a boost of inspiration when they need it! Remember that this project will only be as great as the people who contribute, so don’t hesitate to join in! Regardless if you’re a first year teacher, still in school, or a 20+ year veteran… everybody brings value to the conversation.
I’ll see you on Twitter! Happy Teaching!
*OMG it’s been six years already… time flies!
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