Football n Dream: play in the NFL n Coach Graham ä practice with no football ä fundamentals ä him riding me all practice n Coach Setliff ä Power of enthusiasm n To this day, I am most comfortable on a football field
I Never Made it to the NFL n But football got me where I am today n Fundamentals & Hard Work n Experience is what you get when you didnt get what you wanted n Most of what we learn, we learn indirectly (or by head fake)
Jon Snoddy n I had to brief the Secretary of Defense n Disneys Aladdin project n Lunch with Jon… n But you're in the business of telling stuff, and we're in the business of keeping secrets n He taught me: wait, and people will surprise you.
Building Virtual Worlds n 50 students from art, design, drama, and CS n Randomly chosen teams, change per project n Two weeks to design, implement, and test n Five projects during the semester
The First Year n Listed in Five Departments (I love CMU!) n Content: Anything you want ä No shooting violence ä No pornography n They blew me away w/first assignment n I called Andy van Dam n The first show ä In McConomy for its A/V ä President Cohons reaction
Don Marinelli (Drama) Randy Pausch (CS) The Dream Fulfillment Factory
Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) n Artists + Technologists working in small teams to make things n 2 year professional degree: Masters of Entertainment Technology n Two kindred spirits: try things a new way; were both a little uncomfortable in academia n CMU is the only place I know where this could happen.
The ETC is to masters degrees as Cirque Du Soleil is to circus
ETC Curriculum: First Draft Project Course First Year Fall Optional Internship First Year Spring Second Year Fall Second Year Spring Project Course
ETC Curriculum The Visual Story Improvisational Acting Intro to Entertainment Technology Building Virtual Worlds ETC Interdisciplinary Project Course II Elective First Year Fall Optional Internship First Year Spring ETC Interdisciplinary Project Course III Elective ETC Interdisciplinary Project Course IV Elective Second Year Fall Second Year Spring
Key to the ETCs Success: Freedom n No deans to report to n License to Break the mold n Project-based curriculum n Intense, fun student experience n Field trips!
Edutainment n Developed with FDNY n Networked simulation to train 1 st responders to chemical spills and terrorist attacks
Companies guaranteed hiring our students Don has taken the ETC global: Australia, Korea, Singapore
Keys to the ETCs Success: Focus on People and Learning to work in Groups
Alice The Infinitely Scalable Dream Factory And I guess this makes me the mad hatter…
Alice n Novel way to teach Computer Programming n Kids make movies and games; the head fake is that they are learning to program n Over 1 million downloads, 8 textbooks, 10% of US colleges using right now
Alice is my Professional Legacy n Helping millions of kids have fun while learning something hard n v3.0 will release in 2008, in Java, with characters from the best- selling PC game in history: The Sims n Cant mention everyone, but… ä Dennis Cosgrove is building it ä Wanda Dann, Steve Cooper, Don Slater are developing the pedagogy ä Caitlin Kelleher is going to hit the home run with middle schoolers
Important Advice n Be good at something: it makes you valuable n Work hard … whats your secret? n Find the best in everybody; no matter how you have to wait for them to show it n Be prepared: luck is where preparation meets opportunity
Todays Talk n My childhood dreams n Enabling the dreams of others n Lessons learned: how you can achieve your dreams or enable the dreams of others
How to achieve your dreams n Have you figured out the head fake?
How to achieve your dreams Have you figured out the head fake? How to lead your life