The Research Behind Choice and Inquiry-Based Education. Updated: I’ve updated this post and page since publishing my most recent book about student choice– Learning By Choice.
I’d love for you to add resources you’ve found in the comments section of this post so I can add them to the list! Since experimenting with “20% Time” in my class a few years ago, I’ve been fascinated by the research and history of this practice in education and the business world. Crafting Questions That Drive Projects.
Which comes first, the driving question or the learning goals?
I think it depends. The most successful projects feed off of students’ passions. Don’t be afraid to tap into them. Take what they are interested in and find a way to connect that interest to learning standards. My experience in getting started with Genius Hour. Since my return from the #STACCE13 tour, myself and a collegue (@rissL) had the ambition to trial Genius Hour with our students (You can read about her introduction to Genius Hour with her students here).
One our trip highlights was our visit to Google in California and finding out more about Google’s 80/20 time, where engineers are encouraged to take 20% of their weekly load to work towards personal projects of their choice. The question we both had was, what if students were offered the same opportunity? It turns out that many educators have been asking the same, and living the results.
In California we had the opportunity to network with an amazing local educator (@bvandyck) who had been doing some “disruptive” things with his students for some time. His version of Genius Hour had 4 simple ideas: Gallit Zvi: Genius Hour ISTE Snapshot. On June 29, 2015 I had the pleasure of presenting at ISTE 2015.
ISTE, or the International Society for Technology in Education, puts on a major conference every year. This most recent one was in Philadelphia, PA, and I was so excited to be able to share my Snapshot presentation on Genius Hour there. 5/6 Genius Hour @ St Mark's. Our Genius In Action. This is the place where we will share our learning journey with you.
Hint:Any text in red is a link to another page, website or document. Our focus for the year will be on the successful integration of technology into our learning. Safety and etiquette are important factors to consider when integrating technology into our classroom. Genius Hour. Genius Hour / 20% Time. Genius Hour / 20% Time. Genius Hour Creativity Rubric. Genius Hour - Where Passions Come Alive - Genius Hour.
What is Genius Hour? - Genius Hour. What is Genius Hour?
Genius hour is a movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. It provides students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time during school.