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“Mom, watching music videos is my homework!”

Let’s face it: This generation of students absorbs information different than past generations. They are fed a constant stream of information – outside the classroom – through sites like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. So, is there any wonder they have a hard time being engaged in a static classroom?

Teachers and school administrators understand that concept – but they are still struggling with how to utilize those same programs that students use for entertainment as actual teaching tools.

Luckily, they have Dr. Lodge McCammon. And with McCammon – they have FIZZ.

Watch McCammon explain FIZZ

McCammon, a curriculum and contemporary media specialist in the Friday Institute for Education Innovation, spends all his time thinking about how to bring 21st century tools into the classroom to better engage students. His program, called FIZZ, originally began as a secure Web site that allows teachers and students to upload educational videos they make in the classroom. However, the program has evolved, and now FIZZ is considered a new way of teaching. Discovery Education, a leader in digital video-based learning, has contracted McCammon to help teach their 30,000+ group of tech-savvy teachers – called the Discovery Educator Network – how to incorporate FIZZ into the classroom.

“It really boils down to three things – engagement, content knowledge and classroom transparency,” McCammon explains. “We’re showing teachers how to use technology in the classroom in a practical, functional way.”

McCammon will be taking his show on the road – traveling all over the country in 2010 – to meet with large groups of educators to inspire them using lesson simulations, showing them what a day at school with FIZZ would be like.

Man, I wish I was in that class!

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  1. Looks really interesting, are there any art teachers that are using the technique. It would be really good to see real examples of lesson video content. This would in knowing what to include and how much to include. Thanks I am keen to learn more

  2. I have used FIZZ in my classroom and it engages the students, gets them excited about the content and allows them the to be creative.

  3. Some great infomation here keep up the good work. I cannot really leave a more constructive comment as i’m abit out of my deph but i will be checking back here for further updates. Thanks you.

  4. Took me time to read all the comments, but I really enjoyed the article. It proved to be very useful to me and I am sure to all the commenters here! It’s always nice when you can not only be informed, but also entertained! I’m sure you had joy writing this article

  5. Have you ever considered adding more videos to your blog posts to keep the readers more entertained? I mean I just read through the entire article of yours and it was quite good but since I’m more of a visual learner,I found that to be more helpful well let me know how it turns out

  6. Thanks for posting such a terrific site. this blog was not only knowledgeable but also very inventive too. There normally are a limited number of bloggers who can create technical stuff that creatively. I look for articles about a subject like this. I have gone in detail through many websites to find knowledge regarding this!!!

  7. Virginia – thanks for the compliment! We have a group of four of us here in the NC State News Services office that write on different topics – so it’s fun having a group of us with all different styles of writing. I have been blogging (a personal blog) for awhile now – and it’s something I really enjoy. Thanks for reading – and keep checking us out!

    Jan – we love Lodge too! He’s a great asset to this university. It’s amazing what they are doing in classrooms these days! We’re proud of all the work NC State’s College of Education and the Friday Institute put into schools around the country – but especially the ones here in NC! Thanks for reading!

  8. A group of fifth graders in Greenville love Lodge so much they dedicated a website to him. They speak of him with awe, and they love his music. They even download it to their ipods. The most frequent quote I hear is, “When are we going to do another Lodge video?” Another one’s coming soon!

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