What if we designed schools like Disney designs theme parks? Join Thomas Riddle for inspiring conversations held at the crossroads of learning and design! Each week, we will provide pertinent commentary on relevant issues and informative interviews with leaders and practitioners from the fields of education, entertainment, technology and more.
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Episode 15: Go Rogues! The Story of “Star Wars in the Classroom” (Feat. Wes Dodgens)
Guest: Wes Dodgens
It’s time to “Go Rogue” with Thomas and Wes as they continue with a retrospective on their teaching adventures by telling the story of their internationally acclaimed education initiative, Star Wars in the Classroom. Discover the benefits, and challenges, of inspiring students’ learning with connections to pop culture and the power of connecting with fellow educators who share a common interest in teaching beyond the textbook. #GoRogues
Episode 14: Adventures in Learning with Indiana Jones (Feat. Wes Dodgens)
Join Thomas and Wes for a trip down memory lane as they reflect on the origins of their innovative
teaching initiative, Adventures in Learning with Indiana Jones and discover how incorporating George Lucas’ groundbreaking series, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, into their classrooms not only influenced their careers, but also impacted the lives of the students they’ve taught for nearly 30 years.
Website: Adventures in Learning with Indiana Jones
Lucasfilm’s Tuskegee Airmen Resources
Episode 13: The Jedi Mind (Feat. Amy Ratcliffe)
Guest: Amy Ratcliffe
Does life have you feeling less like Yoda and more like Vader? Then join us for an inspiring conversation about the importance of mindfulness with Star Wars author Amy Ratcliffe as we discuss her newest book, The Jedi Mind: Secrets from the Force for Balance and Peace and examine how practices inspired by characters from that galaxy far, far away can help you gain, and maintain, a balanced life.
Podcast: Lattes with Leia
Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy
The Jedi Mind: Secrets from the Force for Balance and Peace
Episode 12: Learning in a Virtual World (Feat. Jesse Lubinsky)
Guest: Jesse Lubinsky
Author and Ed Tech leader Jesse Lubinsky leads us through an exploration of the benefits of
incorporating augmented and virtual reality into the classroom, as well as explaining the rise in
popularity of bringing eSports into schools to reach a diverse cross-section of students.
Reality Bytes: Innovative Learning Using Augmented and Virtual Reality
The Esports Education Playbook: Empowering Every Learner Through Inclusive Gaming
Episode 11: Skills for Life (Feat. Joyce Krebs)
Guests: Joyce Krebs
Join us for an inspiring conversation with Family and Consumer Sciences educator Joyce Krebs as she shares how she has “re-imagineered” her hands-on classes during the time of Covid, while modeling valuable skills such as resiliency and grit for her students and fellow teachers alike.
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Mike Rowe Works
Success in the New Economy
Episode 10: Playing and Making and Writing, Oh My! (Feat. Angela Stockman)
Author and Instructional Designer Angela Stockman joins us for an inspiring conversation about the powerful role of play and creativity within the learning process and how to encourage reluctant writers to develop and express their ideas through a host of non-traditional means.
Social Media (Angela Stockman)
Facebook: Building Better Writers with Angela Stockman
Make Writing: 5 Teaching Strategies That Turn Writer's Workshop into a Maker Space
Hacking the Writing Workshop: Redesign with Making in Mind
Creating Inclusive Writing Environments in the K-12 Classroom
Hacking School Culture: Designing Compassionate Classrooms
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Kids change, how we educate must change too!
I teared up listening to this podcast. I was left responsible for teaching/being accountable to myself at 9. Roper Mt Science Center was one of the most magical places on earth to me. Learning was such a burden but there it was always fun. I’m so excited for all the ideas behind this podcast and for what changes it will make in the world.