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My Disney Class podcast

Howie and Ryan visit with teachers, educators and administrators on how to integrate Disney ideals of creativity, innovation, communication, critical thinking, STEM and MakerSpace into classrooms. Twice a month they share why they are passionate about Disney and how their passions has brought them together in this joint mission to help bring ideas for innovation, storytelling, creativity, and the principal foundations of what makes Disney and great choice for projects and resources in the K-12 Classroom. They also talk about the companion website (www.mydisneyclass.com) that will spotlight incredible educators from around the globe and be packed with resources that teachers can use in their classrooms.
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Now displaying: March, 2021
Mar 15, 2021

In today’s episode, Ryan and Howie welcome back author and friend Lou Prosperi to talk about his new book Telling Your Story the Walt Disney World Way.  This is his third book in the series that started with The Imagineering Pyramid and was followed by The Imagineering Process. Before writing these books, Lou worked in the game industry for over ten years as a freelance game designer and writer where he worked on the creation of a role-playing game called Eathrdawn.  Currently, Lou works as a technical writer and instructional designer for a large enterprise software company where he creates technical documentation and training for software applications.  Lou is a long-time Disney fanatic which started when he and his wife spent their honeymoon at WDW in 1993.  Lou’s first book, The Imagineering Pyramid, has been a huge success and you can learn more about it and Lou’s story on a previous episode of My Disney Class Podcast, Season 2, Show 10. Also check out Season 4, Show 2 to hear all about Lou’s second book in the series, The Imagineering Process. 

On today’s show though we are discussing Lou’s third book and it’s all about communicating effectively. We all know the importance of communication and why we as educators need to be the best communicators possible and why we need to work with our students to become the best communicators possible. But did you know that the Imagineers have principles and techniques that they use daily to make the theme park experience the best possible experience that their guests can have? We all know and love the way Disney tells stories and know that they are the King of theme parks when it comes to the immersive story that each park draws us into but the story just doesn't tell itself. There are many intentional things that have been done by the Imagineers that help bring that story alive and help the guests move through the story. Lou has masterfully and understandably broken down these techniques used by Imagineers and teaches us how to apply them to our lives and communication skills. 

We really think you are going to enjoy Lou’s tour of his book and around Magic Kingdom, as we make stops at various landmarks in the park and learn what Imagineers are trying to communicate and how they masterfully execute that communication through smells, sounds, visuals, theming and much much more! 

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.

 

Mar 1, 2021

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.

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