Imagineering Education

Imagineering Education

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. New Episodes: Every Monday @ Noon EST. Listen ad-free at bramblejamplus.com

Episodes

December 10, 2020 42 min
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...
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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.

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Website: Adventures in...
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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.

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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.
Social Media
Website: readylearner.one
Twitter: @jlubinsky
Instagram: @jlubinsky
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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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@JoyceKrebs
@KrebsKlass
@PodcastStardust
Social Media: Instagram
@krebsklass
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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)
Website: angelastockman.com
Twitter: @AngelaStockman
Instagram: @angelastockman
Facebook: Building Better Writers with Ang...
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Join us for a conversation with veteran middle school ELA teacher Craig Dickinson as he explains the
importance of teaching with stories and provides examples from some of his most popular lessons,
including how he teaches the “Hero’s Journey” with Star Wars.

Social Media
Website: http://coruscantcc.podbean.com/
Twitter: @influxman
Email: c3podfeedback.com
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Guests: Devan Lewis and Jessica Schenck
When middle school STEM teacher Devan Lewis’ principal, Jessica Schenck, announced to the staff that
they could design and teach their own elective course, Devan chose a subject near and dear to her
heart: the work of Disney’s Imagineers. In this episode, we chat with Devan and Jessica about her
Imagineering class, the idea behind the school-wide initiative, as well as the importance of allowing
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Many years ago, Steven Covey noted that one of the habits of highly effective people was the ability to “begin with the end in mind.” In Part Two of our conversation with middle school principal Jeff Jenkins, we discuss ways in which leaders can leave a powerful legacy for the future through the actions they intentionally plan for today.

Social Media:
Twitter: @jenkinstiger
Website: https://www.greenville.k12.sc.us/chandler/
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In Part One of our conversation with veteran middle school principal Jeff Jenkins, we examine how strong leaders impact organizations through setting a vision, empowering others and creating a culture that encourages the success of all.

Social Media
Twitter: @jenkinstiger
Website: https://www.greenville.k12.sc.us/chandler/
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The stories of Shakespeare and Star Wars take center stage as we explore the similarities found
between these timeless tales and others with authors S.T. Bende (Star Wars 5-Minute Stories Strike
Back, Star Wars Galactic Adventures) and Ian Doescher (William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Series).

Social Media (S.T. Bende)
Website: www.stbende.com
Twitter: @stbende
Instagram: s.t.bende
YouTube: S.T. Bende

Social Media (Ian Doescher)
Website: ww...
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In today’s episode, we chat with veteran educator and author, Matt Murrie, Executive Director and Chief Curiosity Curator for What If…? Curiosity, about the power of curiosity and how having a curious mindset can unleash the creative potential found within your students and yourself.

Social Media
Website: WhatIfCuriosity.com
Website: StokedForScience.com
Twitter: @MattMurrie
Instagram: whatifcuriosity
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In today’s episode, we catch up with Adam Bray, the USA Today and Amazon Best-Selling author of nearly 20 official Star Wars, Marvel and LEGO books as well as nearly 40 books on travel in Southeast Asia called a 'Modern Indiana Jones' by CNN.
During our discussion about the importance of stories and their ability to motivate, inspire, and educate, we touch on some of the many adventures that led to CNN naming Adam a “Modern ...
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We continue our conversation with award-winning educators Chris Beyerle and Ken Morrill as they provide examples from their classrooms of ways in which problem-based and community-focused learning experiences can inspire students to grow their creative capacity.

Chris Beyerle is an engineering teacher at Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School.
Twitter: @cbeyerle
Instagram: @cbeyerle123

Ken Morrill is a visual arts and design tea...
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In our premier episode, innovative educators Chris Beyerle and Ken Morrill join us to discuss the importance promoting creativity and imagination in learning.

Chris Beyerle is an engineering teacher at Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School.
Twitter: @cbeyerle
Instagram: @cbeyerle123

Ken Morrill is a visual arts and design teacher at Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School
Twitter: @kmorrillDesign
Instagram: @kmorrilldesign
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June 15, 2020 1 min
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