Archive for May, 2013

Robin Martin

If you have never been to an EdCamp or un-conference, then look for one to attend this summer! An unconference takes place when a group gets together without a preset agenda of events. The agenda is set by the present attendees who volunteer to lead a discussion or share ideas with the audience. When in attendance, you need to consider what you want to learn. If the session you are in does not meet your needs, then the rule of 2 feet applies. You will not offend anyone if you move out of one session and enter another. People move freely between sessions for many reasons. The Philly EdCamp was the first in the educational movement for this type of program and has been acclaimed all over the world as best practice for PD. Congratulations to the founding members who created this type of workshop/seminar day.

The day began with food of course sponsored by the PAECT. The schedule was set and even on a Saturday morning, the teachers were excited to begin. Sessions and the notes can be found HERE. I particularly enjoyed hearing about the MIT Appinventor project. A mobile application design class is offered at BCCC to undergrads to learn the MIT program for creating apps. This project is co-sponsored by Verizon and is gaining in popularity. For more information:

There were sessions about using NearPod, GoogleApps for Education, Creating a Culture of Innovation, Minecraft in School, STEM, BYOD and much more. It is not always the tips and gadgets that make the day, but the fellowship, meeting new people and collaboration that enhances each session.

The flipped classroom session offered some tips that I thought were valuable. For example:  If SIRI can answer your question then it should NOT be on the test. If you are showing a video for a homework assignment, make sure there is a concept that can only be described by watching the whole video. Students generally liked hearing their own teacher’s voice rather than a professional narrator in a film.  Another teacher offered her classes a 20% time for them to work on projects of their own. One group of students recreated the show “Cupcake Wars” in the classroom for everyone to enjoy. Allowing her flipped time to be determined by students gave the a chance to explore an interest or share a passion.

If you had 20% time to work on a pet project, what would it be? I would love to learn to play the piano!

Robin Martin

If you have been to a Lodge workshop, then you will remember the laughter, fun and learning that took place. I too did this activity with students in my school and it was a blast. So now what else can you do with Lodge songs? Did you know they were a part of DiscoveryEducation library of resources? Well they are there for all of you to be creative with your students.

Not only do you have Lodge himself singing the song, but the lyrics are in .pdf as well as some teaching resources to compliment the songs.. For example, search for Lodge and song to reveal 47 songs. I chose the Bill of Rights. The page had the song, lyrics and a teachers worksheet to use with the music. Click on the “More to Explore” tab and additional DiscoveryEd assets will be there for you to choose more resources for your lesson. I love all of the connections.

If  you are teaching the Bill of Rights, you can use this as a hook as students are entering the room, or background for reading time about the Bill of Rights. Why not create a slide show to go along with the lyrics in the song as a kick off to the unit or as a study guide video for a chapter assessment? Students could put together the slide show for a class assignment as well. The point is, explore other ways you can use these clever songs about match, science, social studies and more, in many ways in your lessons. Try a comic application like Kerpoof to illustrate the song. Try a collage of images that explain the song.

Not sure what to use to make this song into something exceptional for your class? Visit Alan Levine’s wiki site, CogDogRoo or the updated site 50+Ways. The second site is organized by type of tool to use to create your story. Looks like Alan got a new dog!

Leave a comment about how YOU have used Lodge McCammon’s songs in your classroom.


Additonal Links to Lodge McCammon’s information:

I Am Lodge:

Lodge’s Facebook:

The Friday Institute Bio:

Sample of a Lodge video challenge(contest is over):

Lodge and FIZZ:

Twitter: @pocketlodge

Songs and description: