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Patent Pending, Design in the classroom.

In today’s episode, Ryan and Howie are inspired by some of the latest news on the future Star Wars hotel coming to Walt Disney World.  For those of you that haven’t heard, Disney made an announcement at D23 earlier this year that they are building a new immersive hotel themed after Star Wars that will work in conjunction with the new Star Wars Land at Hollywood Studios.  According to Walt Disney World News Today, Disney has been surveying guests to see what their interest would be in a Star Wars resort that would be designed to look like you’re staying on a starship Excuse me while I freak out and yell “Yes, Yes, Yes!”


So from what we know this hotel experience that will include two-night, all-inclusive packages that will cost roughly $900-$1000 per guest.  Maybe a little out of my price range but this two-day story will be set in the Star Wars’ universe with personal interactions with Star Wars’ characters, liver performers throughout the starship.  With even more immersive activities like flight training, ship exploration, lightsaber training, and personalized secret missions both on the starship and throughout Star Wars Land.


Of course, this is all speculation as Disney is still in the early design plans but there are ways that we can gather information about this project even though Disney is trying to keep it hush, hush.  One way that Howie and Ryan will explore on today’s show is through Disney’s filing for patents for the specific technology and design aspects that we can connect to the upcoming Star Wars Hotel.


So how does this all tie into education?  You might ask. Well, we have always been inspired by the design process that Imagineers go through from the early brainstorming parts of the project to the final opening of an attraction.  We will briefly discuss these steps and how you can teach your students to address projects in your own class in a very similar way. We will also take a deeper dive into how patents work and how you can use them in your lessons to enhance the real world value of the content that you are teaching.  To round this episode out, we will also address how to use search engines to efficiently and effectively. You will also find value in this beyond your own searching, as I know students can often need direction in their own research searching as well.


We hope you enjoy this episode as we take you to infinity and beyond, no wait, wrong movie. Let’s try this again, as we wish the force to be with you on your searching, designing, and engaging lesson quest.  


Show Links:

Patents: Disney Enterprises Inc patents ( Website to find patents)



Patents: Disney Enterprises Inc

Disney Files Patent for Star Wars Hotel Room Immersive Multimedia Experience

Disney patent hints at new “Star Wars” lightsaber experiences

Does Disney's latest patent show the Guardians of the Galaxy coaster?

How Spider-Man may swing into Disney's theme parks

Disney Files Patent to Adjust Your Ride Path Depending on How Scared You Are

Search Engines


The 10 Most Useful Search Engines for Beginners,  


1. Duck Duck Go

2. Ask (aka 'Ask Jeeves')

3. Bing

4. Yippy (formerly 'Clusty')

5. Webopedia

6. Yahoo!

7. Dogpile

8. The Internet Archive

9. Mahalo

10. Google

Safe Search Engines For Kids-Research and information fluency:

  • Safe Search Engines for Kids

  • KidRex

  • KidzSearch

  • Searchy Pants

  • Safe Search Engines for Kids

  • Mymunka

  • SquirrelNet

  • 10 Good Search Engines for Teachers and Students 

  • 1- Dmoz -Categorized Arts to Sport. There is also a special category for Kids and Teens.

    2- Ixquick - Searching popular search engines simultaneously and anonymously.

    3- Exalead  - Find the information quicker. Web search:

  • Image search


  • 4.  Blekko - Organizes content in semantic schema and pulls from a wide variety sources

    5- DuckDuckGo - Provides instant answers.


  • 6- Yahoo Directory - Categories to search and one of these categories is for Education.

    7- Carrot2 - Organizes your search results into topics.

  • 8- Fefoo - Application that helps you search better.

  • 9- Search results in image thumbnails.

  • 10- Digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form







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