In today’s episode of My Disney Class Podcast, Ryan and Howie look to tackle the difficult role of the educator in our current situation due to the pandemic. Already a year into living with quarantines, masks, social distancing, and the root of it all, COVID, educators have been looking for ways to keep their students and themselves safe while still keeping the wonderment and awe of learning going for our students.
Howie and Ryan have always been strong allies of the hands-on, real-world, problem-based, design thinking, approach to creating learning opportunities for students. Heck, they even wrote a book, Designing Disney Inspired Classrooms, that is packed with hands-on lesson ideas inspired by the most magical place on Earth, Magic Kingdom! We all know the importance of this style of learning for our students and how impactful it can be but how do educators create and implement these types of lesson plans with today’s COVID restrictions? What about if the school is teaching remotely? All these questions were bothering Ryan and Howie and in today’s episode, they look to tackle a couple of the hands-on lessons from their book and talk through how they can be reworked to still be engaging while meeting the safety requirements that may now be in place due to COVID.
We hope our attempt at trying to work through these real challenges that we educators are facing daily and understand that we don’t have all the answers but starting and having these conversations, we know that we as educators will pull through and deliver the incredible educational opportunities our students are used to and deserve.
Thanks again to all our listeners and remember to leave feedback on iTunes / Apple Music and join our community of Disney-loving educators over on our Facebook page, Educators Who Love Disney.
In today’s episode of My Disney Class Podcast, Ryan and Howie welcome Dave Bakker, co-founder, and COO of Pocketlab. Pocketlab by Myriad Sensors is a group of sensors created to collect data wirelessly. When you use them in your classroom with your students you can create lab reports, analyze data, and watch your students view and collaborate about the data in real-time. Currently, there are three options of sensors. There is the Voyager which can be used to collect data like motion, altitude, light, magnetic fields, and more. The Air that can measure carbon dioxide, ozone, particulate matter, temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, and light. Last but not least is the Pocketlab Weather which temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, altitude, heat index, and dew point.
Dave talks us through each of these sensors and why his company was driven to create them for the classroom. He also shares with us several different examples of how they can be used with students to spark engagement and help them understand the data that we as teachers are expecting them to analyze and draw conclusions from.
Dave also discusses with us the birth and upcoming opportunities for a very special conference called Science is Cool (ScIC). Back in March when people were first staying at home with the start of the pandemic, Dave and some of his colleagues were looking for a way to provide professional development in STEM to teachers while COVID-19 kept many of them at home. The result was a virtual conference called ScIC (Science is Cool) that has attracted tens of thousands of science teachers and education professionals from around the world. They have even hosted big-name Science celebrities like Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and others that have come on to help inspire and share with the science education community. Dave shares with us some of the latest info and guests lined up for the next ScIC conference that is coming up on April 1st, and that’s no joke!
Don’t forget to check out the links in the show notes to get more details on the conference and the sensors available from Pocketlab. Also, don’t forget to join our community of incredible educators over on Facebook in the Educators Who Love Disney group.
Howie and Ryan continue their conversation looking at E.P.C.O.T. and its inspirations for the classroom. On the January 1st show, Ryan and Howie had great intentions and ambitions to travel around the entire showcase and discuss each pavilion but they got so inspired by the great pavillions found in World Showcase that they only make it about halfway around World Showcase lagoon. In today’s episode, the goal is to finish our trip around World Showcase and stop at each of the remaining pavilions.
There is so much educational greatness in all of the Disney World property but the cultural richness and unique opportunities that World Showcase has are pretty special. As we continue our tour through the different pavilions, Howie and Ryan will share some of their initial thoughts of each pavilion and what makes them special in their minds as educational gems.
We hope you enjoy our trip around the different pavilions as Howie and Ryan stop at each one and discuss what types of inspiration they draw from each of them and how they would apply that to education. Thanks again to all our listeners and remember to leave feedback on iTunes / Apple Music and join our community of Disney loving educators over on our Facebook page, Educators Who Love Disney.
Students Assemble with Cody Havard, Ph.D.
In today’s episode of My Disney Class Podcast, Ryan and Howie welcome back to the show, Dr. Cody Havard from The University of Memphis. Those that remember, we had Dr. Cody on the My Disney Class Podcast back in Season 5 Episode 20. We strongly recommend that you go back and give it a listen as Dr. Cody does a great job talking about his passion for Disney and how Disney fandom has an impact on our lives and interactions.
Today on the show though Dr. Havard is here to discuss his newest published paper titled “Students Assemble: Acclimating to College using the Marvel Cinematic Universe.” This can be found in the Journal of Undergraduate Research but Dr. Cody has set up a special link just for our listeners to access and read the paper. He has also included some other valuable resources as well, so make sure to check out the link in our show notes so you don’t miss out!
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and the characters that play out their storylines inside of it are extremely popular right now in our society. Dr. Havard has recognized this in his students and discussions he has had especially in his course, Being a Fan of Disney. In this episode, Dr. Cody explains how he developed this idea and why he believes this can be a powerful tool not only with his college students but also with students in elementary, middle, and high school.
We think you are really going to enjoy hearing Dr. Havard discuss how he has analyzed each character of the MCU and then how he helps students draw connections to the characteristic traits of those characters with the character traits they have. There is definitely a Hulk size value of educational and social-emotional content in this episode. So unless you are an emotional Iron Man, we think you are going to agree with us too that Dr. Havard has knocked it out of the Universe with this paper and lessons. Don’t forget to check out the links in the show notes to see all the wonderful resources Dr. Havard has put together for us and also don’t forget to join our community of incredible educators over on Facebook in the Educators Who Love Disney group.
In today’s episode of My Disney Class Podcast, Howie and Ryan continue their conversation looking at E.P.C.O.T. and it’s inspirations for the classroom.
On the December 1st show, Ryan and Howie had great intentions and ambitions to travel around all E.P.C.O.T. And discuss each attraction, but they got so inspired by the great attractions in Future World that they only covered that part of the park.
In today’s episode, the goal is to make it around World Showcase and stop at each pavilion. Will they make it all the way around, you will need to tune in to see!
So the first great question that needs to be answered is, what pavilion is the “right” pavilion to start your journey around the showcase? Though we are aware of the great debate this is between Disney fans, Ryan and Howie take no sides and by default are going to start their journey in Mexico.
We hope you enjoy our trip around the different pavilions as Howie and Ryan stop at each one and discuss what types of inspiration they draw from each of them and how they would apply that to education. If for some reason Ryan and Howie don’t make it around to all the pavilions, you can bet they will pick this discussion up again and finish off E.P.C.O.T with a bang. Thanks again to all our listeners and remember to leave feedback on iTunes / Apple Music and join our community of Disney loving educators over on our Facebook page, Educators Who Love Disney.