From the onset of this search I was determined to find an online community of bloggers, educators and students like myself who have a passion for physical activity, fitness, sports and leadership. The search wasn’t easy in the fact that I found so many sites with so much to go off of it was hard to narrow it down and find just the right direction to follow.
Following many of the links and using my little bit of “google fu” I was able to land on a link/blog designed by Stephen Yang an adjunct professor at S.U.N.Y. Cortland called Rockstar PE. I found this blog to be a jump off point leading me to a myriad of places that can connect me to physical educators and a variety of resources. (one of those places being the S.U.N.Y. Cortland webpage, which led to me realize they have a large PE program both undergrad & graduate, which could be a school I would consider for my masters)
Using Rockstar PE I followed the rabbit hole of links leading me in multiple directions. The first link I clicked was on Stephen Yang’s twitter account hoping to lead me to active conversation on anything PE related, then I realized Yang is more of a fitness video researcher but his twitter is very much PE heavy, so I read some of the twitter followings on his page and most of his communications were with PE educators from various levels & regions (college, high school & elementary).
By realizing that there were so many PE educators on twitter I felt it was a good idea to start my own twitter account. Using my account I could view many profiles which lead to link after link. An example of a good link is PhysEd Games which provide simple ideas for PE games. Also by following various links it lead me to professional organizations that are good resources for PE teachers such as AAHPERD.
All in all this assignment challenged me to search for online communities or networks to help me enhance my knowledge and understanding of physical education. The greatest result for me was the discovery of just how valuable twitter is and how my PE educators are communicating. Right now I am just a “lurker” looking for right outlets to become part of which can lead to positive networking.