Cross-Pollination: What Educators Can Learn from Zynga CEO Mark Pincus

Mark Pincus is a successful dude.  A really successful dude.  And a large part of that success comes from the time-sucking, highly-addictive games Zynga produces for Facebook, other social networking platforms, and mobile devices. In a recent interview with Wired, Continue reading Cross-Pollination: What Educators Can Learn from Zynga CEO Mark Pincus

PBL Idea: Throw a Concert

Having spent Saturday at Mumford & Sons’ Gentlemen of the Road Portland Stopover, I got thinking this morning: throwing a concert would make for a tremendous project-based cross-curricular learning experience.         Project based learning may not be Continue reading PBL Idea: Throw a Concert

What Educators Can Learn from Patton Oswalt

Comedian Patton Oswalt recently delivered the keynote address at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival 2012. He framed his comments as two letters, one to “all of the comedians in the room” and one to “all the gatekeepers” of the comedy Continue reading What Educators Can Learn from Patton Oswalt

Two Short Films to Get Students Thinking

I had an epiphany this past spring: in the classroom, short films are just as good as full-length features if not better. This was a big deal for a guy who traffics in yearly showings of Say Anything, Juno, Benny & Joon, Citizen Kane, To Continue reading Two Short Films to Get Students Thinking