Technology Abounds at Walt Disney Magnet School 

School pays tribute to legendary namesake

May 18, 2015

At the unveiling of Walt Disney Magnet School’s animation lab in 2004, Diane Disney Miller, daughter of the iconic animator, shared her father’s philosophy on learning: “Education should not be boring. It should be fun. It should be entertaining.”

In honor of their namesake and benefactor, the students and staff at Disney recently announced plans to overhaul the lab, adding updated technology such as touch screens, tablets, large projection screens and interactive white boards.

“When the students walk in to the redesigned learning lab, we want them to say ‘Wow, this is so awesome,’” said Brad Fisher, technology coordinator at Disney. “We want the lab to have a Google-esque look and a layout that is conducive to collaboration.”

At the ceremony to announce the project, Disney students performed skits, classic Disney songs and dynamic dance numbers, all of which explored the use of technology and entertainment in their daily lives.

"The performances our students presented as we unveiled our new Learning Lab are the hallmark of what we do here," said Disney principal Kathleen Hagstrom. "This use of technology engages our students creatively while providing them with the skills they will need to be successful in a global, 21st-century economy."

The new learning lab will bear the name of Diane Miller-Disney, who passed away in late 2013. Her husband Ron, who was on hand for the ceremony marking the start of the project, was impressed by the student performances, particularly the musical number built around Disney’s animated short “Steamboat Willie” and the virtual tour of an amusement park created by students’ using Minecraft software.

“You all should really take that show to Broadway,” he said. “I know Diane is looking down on us right now and smiling.”

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