Ryan O’Donnell is a high school teacher at Rocklin High School in Rocklin, California. He is a social studies teacher currently teaching AP World History and Geography. As an advocate for educational technology, Ryan tries to implement technology into his curriculum on an ongoing basis. From games in the classroom, to digital storytelling, and beyond, he tries to get his students active and inspired in their learning. He sees passion as the key to both learning and teaching. Along with teaching, Ryan has been present at various workshops for teachers throughout the country.
When James [Cain, Editor] contacted me and asked me to write a blog post about how I use Star Wars in the classroom, my first reaction went from, “this is awesome” to “uh… what am I going to write about?”. You see, I am an Advanced Placement (AP) World History teacher in Rocklin, CA, and although my classroom is littered with posters, toys and miscellaneous Star Wars gifts from students throughout the years, I questioned if I was qualified to write a post about Star Wars and my teaching.