A few things . . .

Currency Redesign

This would be a fun way to look at our government (and other countries for that matter). It’s simple but complex. How do you redesign our currency so that it reflects our history and current values? There’s a lot of interesting analysis potential there. Partnering with an art class would give you some added advantage and would allow for more focus on art as problem solving.


Inspired by this Boing Boing post, I thought it’d be fun to have students draw a monster of their choosing (maybe give it some particular talents) and then randomly assign them to other students who then write a story with the monster as a main character. The artist then works with the writer as a peer editor. I’d do this online and then mix in other monsters and story lines. Then the larger group has to look at the stories and figure out how they’ll merge.


This list of the top 25 psychiatric prescriptions and a comparison to their numbers in 2005 would open the door for a number of conversations about our society and medicine in the U.S. I’d love to see overall prescriptions and a comparison of those numbers between countries.

Random Thoughts

This card trading game concept for medical students is worth thinking about more.

I’m in mid-stride creating the housing the lesson plans and media that were submitted for our 21st century awards ceremony so this series on information architecture for news sites has given me some things to think about more seriously.

Apparently, I’ve also decided I’m going to write down all the random ideas I have all the time that I never get to do even if they are half-finished and somewhat fanciful. I think this is in part due to the realization that my audience is mainly Jim Groom and myself (evidence).

Comments on this post

  1. Jim said on May 2, 2010 at 6:14 am

    I am your #1 fan.

    Fact is, the narrative in six images of your favorite movie was one of, if not the, favorite assignment of my digital storytelling class. The bionic is a mine of resources, and now that I have gone through the clas one and got a lot of the bad assignments I dreamed up out of the way, I’m gonna be hitting your blog hard for one’s that work. My video assignment, for example, was a good idea poorly executed and I am gonna need to rethink it. fact is, I’ll be doing a series of posts about the course after the fact as a means to fine tune some more assignments before I teach it again in Fall and hopefully redeem myself by stealing your creativity. That’s basically how I have made it on the web thus far, all my trackbacks and links to you are just that—“my new good idea I stole from Tom Woodward.”

  2. Terry said on May 4, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    nuh uh. Jim isn’t the only one who reads you.

  3. Jim said on May 5, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Damn you, Terry, foiled again!