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Genius Hour Course - Mrs. A. Rutschke. 42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects. 42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects by Terry Heick So often, we make learning more complicated than it has to be.

42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects

Local planning requirements are usually at fault here–plan this way and prove that you’ve done so here and here, fill out this and this, etc. Those legitimate concerns aside, the following series of fill-in-the-blank prompts can be used by teachers to create lessons, students to create projects–or teachers to collaborate with students to create lessons–or projects. Or, well, you get the idea. Please steal them, add to them, or otherwise do with them what you will. 42 Project-Based Learning Ideas For Any Content Area A few examples of how it might work? Clarify racism in the United States for a high school in India. Design and publish a compelling eBook your friends would actually want to read using a simple smartphone app. Practice coding until you can make a ball bounce. Compare the force of a tsunami with a nuclear bomb.

Project Spark. Create and share visual ideas online. Imagination Foundation. 5 Ways of Bringing Student Passions to Student Learning. Exciting classes interest students.

5 Ways of Bringing Student Passions to Student Learning

These classes spark their curiosity. Sometimes, the learning here feels like play. A school may not be able to use these exciting ideas everywhere, but they should be used somewhere. If a school can't be interested in things that students care about, students will lose interest in caring about school. Curiosity, Passion, and Making a Difference Here are five current practices to promote student curiosity, student interests, and play. 1. Look at Ronald J. Some teachers are afraid that, by giving students too much freedom, they won't meet standards.

Teachers will need to engage with students. All projects are not alike. 2. Many classroom best practices are circulating around Genius Hour and 20 Percent Time. Don't have an hour? I've found that great Genius Hour work revolves around problem solving or creating. 3. Some libraries are putting a makerspace in their learning commons.

Where is the makerspace in this school? 4. 5. Genius Hour Trailers. At ISTE last week, Jane McGonigal showed a fascinating trailer that had been designed for a project she was doing with the New York Public Library.

Genius Hour Trailers

You can see it here. I was intrigued by the concept, and thought it would be a great way to introduce Genius Hour to my students this coming school year. I found an excellent Genius Hour trailer online that had been created by Ryan O’Shea, but I wanted to make one that was a bit more generic so anyone could use it. Plus, I wanted to play around with iMovie. So, with a little help from my daughter, who shares billing with me, here is what is probably the first draft of my version of a Genius Hour Trailer. 23 Videos That Sparked Genius Hour Thinking, Collaboration, and Actions. In our classroom this year my colleague Gallit Zvi and I used many youtube videos to inspire resiliency, grit, and hope in our students prior to guiding them in formulating their inquiry questions about their passions and wonders during our weekly Genius Hour time.

23 Videos That Sparked Genius Hour Thinking, Collaboration, and Actions

Many of the videos were shared with me through wonderful connections I made with educator learners on Twitter, Facebook, and at various workshops. I love my PLN! However I am proud to say students and teachers in our room inspired each other too. Some of our work is shared on this list too. GeoSettr - Create your own GeoGuessr challenge. Google Docs - create and edit documents online, for free.

20 Time Year in Review. This was the second year implementing 20 Time Projects here at PHS, and based upon some of the challenges we faced the first time around, many changes were made to this year's journey.

20 Time Year in Review

I credit incredible educators such as Karl Lindgren-Streicher, Kevin Brookhouser and Kate Petty for sharing great ideas and providing inspiration to keep pushing forward with this concept. Here's a rundown of this year's 20 Time Project at PHS: Introducing 20 Time (September) I introduced the project with this 20 Time Presentation that provides some background regarding creativity, motivation, and concept of "20 Time.

" This year I also provided students with 20 Time Guidelines to give them a better sense of the expectations and timeline for the project. This year's project also had two basic requirements: 1. 2. Brainstorming Sessions (September - October) Last year, students had a particularly difficult time getting started. Maintaining Focus (October - November) Project Proposals (December) OpenTED. OpenTED is an experimental initiative that invites anyone to submit a video and share an idea.

OpenTED

The best submissions will be considered for inclusion as an official TED talk of the day. For this experiment, there are no hard lines around what is and isn’t a “TED Talk.” You can stick to the standard format – delivering a talk from the stage – or you can explore the infinite ways to share an idea on video. But one point is important: Your OpenTED submission must be in video format, and must center on an idea. Ideas can be grand and global (let’s solve climate change!) An idea might offer a new, bold, big-picture way of looking at the world: a broad call for tolerance, a flipped view of human behavior, a breakthrough in the lab that will change our lives.

But most important: A great idea doesn’t just entertain you and disappear. That's a test: Will what you are about to say light up another person?

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Welcome to Projects By Jen. PBL-Online.org. Alpha: Computational Knowledge Engine. QR Code Generator: QR Stuff Free Online QR Code Creator And Encoder For Brochures, Print Advertising, Business Cards & Stickers.

Dipity - Find, Create, and Embed Interactive Timelines. Blendspace - Create lessons with digital content in 5 minutes. Make mobile learning awesome!

Blendspace - Create lessons with digital content in 5 minutes

Student creation Share materials Free! Get our new app! Save time by using free lessons & activities created by educators worldwide! Be inspired! Combine digital content and your files to create a lesson TES resources YouTube Links PDFs PowerPoint Word Doc Images Dropbox Google Drive TES Teach quick start resources. Stick Around. Play, design, and share labeling and sorting puzzles!

Stick Around

Stick Around comes with an assortment of puzzles, including ordering decimals and classifying rocks. It's the player's job to drag the stickers from the tray to their correct spots on the background before time runs out. The best feature of Stick Around is that you can create your very own puzzles in just three steps: Explain EverythingQR Code Generator – create QR codes for free (Logo, T-Shirt, vCard, EPS) Scratch - Imagine, Program, Share. Makey Makey Kit – JoyLabz.