Keynote Speaker Dr. Lodge McCammon: General Session Opening

The Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute 2014 proudly presents Dr. Lodge McCammonScreen Shot 2014-07-14 at 1.20.54 PM as the opening speaker for the two-day Livestream event. If you have not had the pleasure of meeting and working with Lodge at other DEN events, you are in for a very special treat. Welcome to Day 1.

Dr. Lodge McCammon’s expertise lies in (1) improving teacher quality by emphasizing the importance of transparency, efficiency, reflective practice, and relationships, and (2) helping teachers create learning environments that are highly Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 1.26.16 PMcollaborative, differentiated, and engaging. McCammon is also a professional musician who creates educational songs, with supporting materials, about advanced curriculum for K-12 classrooms. Popular subject areas include algebra, chemistry, and U.S. history.

If you already know the man and his work, you know just how good this session will really be because his reputation is legendary.

Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 1.51.30 PMDavid Fisher, DEN Star and Guru, DENvisory Member and host of The DEN Zone, a radio show, is the Technology Coordinator, School District Palm Beach. If you want to more about implementing an iPad One-to-One Initiative, follow David’s blog, I’m The iPad Guy and on Twitter.

Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 2.13.07 PMJoining David as co-host for the DEN Team is Western Canadian DEN Star Terra-Lee Gratton. With one of the longer journeys likely to the #DENSI2014 event, Terra-Lee is a returning Star.

Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 2.22.15 PMIntroductions complete, let the session begin.

 Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 9.41.10 AMIScreen Shot 2014-07-15 at 9.36.46 AMf you are interested in following the Livestream for Day 1, we’d love to have you join us. Princess Porter is doing the introductions, what we in the DEN familiar with Summer Institutes call “housekeeping.” Good mention of links, but most of Princess Porter’s information is geared to people at #DENSI2014. We are always about “spreading the DEN love.” And no one spreads the love better than our director (Porter got his title wrong and I missed it but he’s our boss) Scott Kinney. He spoke about community building and thanked his online and in person audiences for supporting the DEN. He said our community drives DE decisions and he is grateful. An indicator of how big and important we are to the executive community is that there are two tables of DE people attending. What does Discovery Education at its best look like? Us. It’s what we are all about. 6 teachers from the UK are live in TN. The opening video from WDEN is here.

Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 9.59.06 AMScreen Shot 2014-07-15 at 9.55.03 AMWe are live with David Fisher who thinks we do not need more TED Talks but DEN SPEAKS. I agree. But David was not on stage until Princess Porter was honored with a short video.  David related several stories–all wonderful–who were so instrumental in his life. He applauded his live audience for connection, elaboration, and proving of questions. About connections. About bringing students to the brink of their potential without teaching to the test. WE are that core group of people who in 30 will come to something like this event and talk about us. And he emphasized there is nothing “COMMON” about us. What a wonderful DEN SPEAK.

Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 10.07.19 AMScreen Shot 2014-07-15 at 10.11.28 AMTerra-Lee Gratton was our next DEN SPEAK. Terra spoke about vertical collaboration via Livestream connections with DEN people like Lance Rougeux reading a book to her clas about the incredible egg. Her students also collaborate with other classrooms. Inspired by professional learning opportunities this year, Terra believes in giving back, so she traveled from Canada to Pennsylvania to attend and support the Purple Feet Foundation. While in PA she met with Trace LewisBlazoski and the Rougeuxs and is grateful for her DEN family.

Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 10.17.56 AMScreen Shot 2014-07-15 at 10.20.50 AMAnd now, Lodge. He running a contest and will be on Twitter all day today. Retweet his tweets and at the end of the day a digital generator will select a winner. Lodge says people always post blurry photos so he posed for several stills. All a hoot and all so Lodge. While we #NOTATDENSI2014 cannot see the audience, they are playing instruments Lodge provided, and on command, they are making music. And clapping. A cacophony of sound. But not bad. Gets better as the audience gets used to being musicians. Now they are recording the performance. Very Lodge. Apparently the harmonicas are not in tune, so not their fault. Recording now. Fun even when not attending in person.

Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 10.26.40 AMScreen Shot 2014-07-15 at 10.29.45 AMLodge said the thing popular right now is “rapid collaboration.” Before he played back the video, he asked his audience would do if they could do it again. He said he applies this concept of rapid collaboration to what he does. Lance said Lodge should write a song about the states. He has 21 states complete and is playing a remixed and updated version of the TN song. The song is called “Volunteers” and he will tweet it later so stay tuned. It’s a family affair; his mother and father become involved in the process. Very cool. Follow Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 10.42.03 AMLogde on Twitter here. Here’s the video but the embed code won’t work because the video is unlisted. Click for Lodge’s 50 State Album. I’m happy to report PA is there.

For a third time Lodge is engaging his live audience in an activity. His goal to to show teachers that lecture does not work but innovation, collaboration, and cooperation does. And creating videos is a truly creative way–Lodge’s way–to engage students in controlling their future. Reporting out with the audience is live but tweeting as well.

Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 10.49.18 AMLive lecturing doesn’t work. Lodge gave stats and ratios for students learning from live talking versus video learning. He included the same stats for professional development, and the latter is never done efficiently (except at DE where it’s brilliant). A 5:1 ratio in grade school and a 3:1 ratio in college–why is that so. Lodge’s audience is working on the answer for why live lecturing slows down learning. And why video is so much better. One big answer: lack of information clutter, memory retention and retrieval, and ability for teacher to gauge the temperature of the room by circulating during video creation. Very true. Repetition of ideas and knowledge is inefficient; we have video cameras on our phones are we can capture knowledge more efficiently by video documentation and sharing. Easy view back at my own pace and time. More enjoyable. Not a contest here.Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 10.55.17 AM
Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 10.59.24 AMJust to show you that #NOTATDENSI2014 is with you. Hello from us. Meanwhile, Lodge’s live audience is reporting out on why video is better than lecture. While Lindsay reported out, Lodge filmed it. She gets to do an assessment as we all watch it play back. Great technique to use with students: self-assessment via video. The list and the feedback was wonderful.



At the conclusion to his amazing presentation, Lodge said that everyone doesn’t do music but everyone does efficiency and this approach works. Reflective practice works. Thank you, Lodge, for being you and delivering yet another DENmazing presentation.

You can view Lodge’s presentation below:

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