A Whole Lot of Outdoor Learning Coming to Saugatuck

Here are my Saugatuck Rock Star sessions and 2/3 of them will be led outdoors. Day 1 is all about tricking out Apple’s Keynote, but Days 2 and 3 are about taking advantage of learning in one of Michigan’s coolest little town.

Day 1: If you can’t build it in Keynote, you don’t need it.
The antidote to torturous presentations lies in Apple’s Keynote. Now free and online to anyone with a web browser, Keynote can make presentation slides, but excels when you let your creativity run wild. It is the ultimate app smasher because what you build in Keynote can enhance just about any creative project. Build infographics, animate, create high-end layered videos, and blow stuff up in this, “Hey, howdya do that?” kind of session.

Day 2: On Top of Mt. Baldy All Covered in STEAM
Bring your athletic shoes and sense of adventure as we head down the hill and across the river to the 302 steps of Mount Baldhead. Along the way we will stop to play some Project Wild games, use the sensors built into your smart phones, and explore a fragile dune ecosystem.

Day 3: Shooting Around Town

Discover practical ways to build high end photography and video skills in you and your students as we explore the target rich environment of the Saugatuck area. Within two hours you will learn simple to lead activities and editing techniques that will boost your confidence and creative abilities.

Check out the rest of the offerings at the camp sessions page.

Register at cue.org/regrockstar.

Rock Star Saugatuck Registration Closes July 1

RS to do listMake “Sign up for Rock Star Saugatuck” the first thing you cross off of today’s to-do list.

We have room for 34 more attendees so gather up your colleagues and get registered before the July 1 deadline arrives. Consistently groups of teachers find that three days of Rock Star give them an amazing leg up on kicking off the coming school year with great ideas and energy. Check out the three days of sessions listed on the Rock Star Saugatuck page. Don’t miss this great joint venture between CUE and MACUL.

Register at cue.org/regrockstar.

Pharrell Williams, the essence of professional development, and #cuerockstar

“Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest places if you look at it right.” ~ The Grateful Dead “Scarlet Begonias”

Last night while watching The Voice on NBC, I witnessed a couple of special minutes. After 17 year-old Bryce Sherlow’s audition didn’t make the cut, she graciously accepted the feedback and encouragement from the celebrity judges. When Bryce mentioned to Pharrell Williams that she had sung his hit “Happy” at the a cappella nationals, he asked her to sing a little.

“Get up there and sing it with her,” instructed fellow judge Christina Aguilera…and he did.

This is the essence of what professional learning should be. Pharrell the mega star gave this young start-up a thrill of a lifetime by leaving his pedestal and putting himself on the same level as her. By him taking a step down so to speak, he lifted her up. The good educational presenters do that. They may have tens of thousands or Twitter followers and receive thousands per day from school districts to present, but to have lasting impact they have to meet their workshop attendees on a common level. That is how you move the craft of teaching forward. That is how you inspire the next wave to join you in moving the craft of teaching forward. That is also how any teacher inspires and moves their students forward.

The “Faculty members aren’t the rock stars. Attendees are the rock stars.” mantra of the CUE Rock Star Teacher Camps is the core value that has made them so impactful and why people attend multiple camps each year. It is why I have gotten so involved with them. When I watched Pharrell get on stage, I told my wife, “That is Rock Star to a tee. That is exactly what it is all about.”

 

Hey Michigan, #cuerockstar’s Back!

Last year was so awesome, we couldn’t not do it again this year!

CUE and MACUL are two of the premiere organizations in the US for promoting the integration of technology in the classroom and are teaming up for Act II of the Rock Star Teacher Camp experience.

For these three days, the attendees are the Rock Stars and the presenters are just the lucky folks who get to help facilitate amazing collaboration and learning.
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CUE Rock Star Saugatuck presented by MACUL will take place this summer at Saugatuck Middle School from July 7th to the 9th.
Check out cuerockstar.org to register or apply for a faculty spot. Deadline for faculty applications is on Feb. 22. Faculty receive complimentary registration and lodging. If you are applying, please do not register. We will save room for you if you are not selected and you may pay your registration later.
This year’s camp will follow much of the same format that last year’s did. Lots of learning. Lots of fun. Treating teachers like they’ve never been treated.
We really hope you’ll consider being a part of this experience and will bring lots of friends.