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What is Genius Hour?

What is 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. It’s not easy to determine where the idea was originally created, but there are at least two events that have impacted genius hour. Genius Hour Origins The search-engine giant, Google, allows it’s engineers to spend 20% of their time to work on any pet project that they want. Another origin of genius hour projects came from the book Drive by best-selling author, Daniel Pink. Each week, employees can take a Genius Hour — 60 minutes to work on new ideas or master new skills. Genius Hour in Education The same genius hour principles apply in the classroom as they do in the corporate environment. by Angela Maiers and Amy Sandoval. Many teachers are raving about the autonomy that students are finding in their classes, including myself. FREE Genius Hour Workshop Blog

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Upgrade your KWL Chart to the 21st Century One of the take aways from the Curriculum Mapping Institute this past week was that it brought an upgrade to THE trusted KWL (Know, What to Know and Learned) Chart to the forefront. It seems a no brainer…one of those things… “I should have thought about it”… So what is this upgrade all about? An “H” snuck into the Acronym! What does this “H” stand for”?Why is this an upgrade for the 21st century? I started out by searching Google, which immediately wanted to correct my search term and showed me the traditional “KWL chart” results. [INFOGRAPHIC] Instructional Design Model: Gagné’s 9 Events of Instruction This weekend I decided it was about time I created a new instructional design themed infographic. I’ve created a few in the past, which I’ve shared on my blog (here, here and here), and they’ve proven to be some of my most popular postings. How did I go about creating this infographic? For starters, I browsed online through some instructional design sites to get ideas for what I wanted my subject to be. In the past I’ve designed an infographic illustrating the ADDIE model and Kirkpatrick’s Levels of Evaluations so when I stumbled across an article mentioning Gagne’s 9 Events of Instruction I was intrigued.

Step by Step: Designing Personalized Learning Experiences For Students The phrase “personalized learning” gets tossed around a lot in education circles. Sometimes it’s used in the context of educational technology tools that offer lessons keyed to the academic level of individual students. Other times it’s referring to the personal touch of a teacher getting to know a student, learning about their interests and tailoring lessons to meet both their needs and their passion areas. As with most education jargon, the phrase isn’t fixed, but it usually connects to the idea that not all students need the same thing at the same time.

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. Please read Using Technology and have some discussion with your genius regarding safety and manners.

The Genius Hour: How 60 minutes a week can electrify your job Lots of people believe that a single individual can’t make a difference in an organization. Lots of people, it turns out, are wrong. Take the case of Jen Shefner. Events in Instruction- Event #9 Image Posted by Mia Posted on List of Reading Strategies: 8 Tips to Reach Every Reader Unfortunately, getting kids to become book lovers can be a real challenge. Reaching every reader starts with helping students find their keenest interests, introducing them to any and all materials available on the topic, and finding new ways to present material. Here are 8 tips for engaging young readers, while also meeting Common Core and state standards: Make research fun and meet standards by encouraging kids to explore multimedia resources and to create their own movies, 3-D models or interactive presentations to demonstrate their knowledge.Find out what your students love by listening closely to them. What are they talking about? What topics excite them?

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. Snapshots presentations are meant to be about 30 minutes long and provide quick overviews, or a snapshot, of an educational topic.

Genius Hour Manifesto Denise Krebs, Gallit Zvi, Hugh McDonald and Joy Kirr came together to discuss “Genius Hour”. Each of these teachers has been running Genius Hour in his/her classroom and writing about their experiences online. This is the “Genius Hour Manifesto”: A guide to anyone who wants to know WHAT Genius Hour is, WHERE the idea came from, HOW to facilitate it in the classroom, WHY it is a next-practice in education, and HOW to get involved. Enjoy!