Our first full day at the DEN LC Symposium kicked off this morning with Dr. Lodge McCammon. Personally, I had never been in a session with Lodge. So, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Yet, everyone who has been in his workshops before have just bragged and bragged and bragged about it. I’m glad to say I was not disappointed.
Dr. McCammon is a curriculum specialist with the Friday Institute. He is also a songwriter, singer, and that most wonderful of all attributes… a geek in the truest sense of the word. He gets technology and its integration in the classroom. He goes way beyond simple projects with complicated technology needs. He has come full circle to deep learning projects and simple technology needs.
We spent part of the morning practicing by making math instructional videos in the style of Common Craft. One camera. One take. No editing. If you mess up, you start over. It was fun! And, coincidentally, my own teaching team and I had been discussing this very type project for our classes next year!
The highlight of the morning came when we were divided up into 3 groups of approximately 25 teachers each. Lodge had written a new song about the DEN that was fun, upbeat, and just a little zanny. (listen to it here). Each group was divided further into subgroups and given the task of taking a portion of the song and coming up with a choreographed “something” that would help interpret the lyrics. Lucky me, I was placed in the chorus group. We got to do ours 3 times in the video!
What followed was a great team building time, a lot of laughter, hard work, collaboration, self-reflection (and a little self humiliation), and a lot of learning. I’m not sure when I will be able to post the fruits of our labors, but check back. It will be here!