George Lucas Educational Foundation

Brian Crosby

Brian Crosby, an upper elementary teacher for over 30 years, now facilitates STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education for students, teachers and administrators in six counties in northern Nevada. Coming from a background in outdoor education and educational technology, Brian fused his students' use of technology with field trips, art, hands-on activities and a problem-based approach, to build their schema of the world while at once connecting them to it.

Brian's students are acclaimed for the "community service" projects they accomplish and he espouses. Building a wiki web site to leverage the learning at a local animal park, developing an advertising campaign for a non-profit that recycles bicycles, producing award winning public service announcements about diversity and bullying, including a classmate with leukemia utilizing video-conferencing and then producing an award winning video teaching others how to follow their lead, are just some examples.

Brian has been interviewed about innovative teaching and learning by Brian Williams of NBC News, the New York Times, and many other national and local media outlets. He has co-authored a book about connected learning, "Making Connections With Blogging" and has mentored educators and presented about connected and STEM learning in person as far away as China, and virtually around the globe.

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