What is genius hour?

This post is borrowed from http://www.geniushour.com/what-is-genius-hour/, it is an introduction to my next blog post.

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.

Its 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. Ever heard of Gmail or Google News?  Those projects are creations by passionate developers that blossomed from their their 20-time projects.

How it applies to Education?

The same genius hour principles apply in the classroom as they do in the corporate environment.  The teacher provides a set amount of time for the students to work on their passion projects.  Students are then challenged to explore something to do a project over that they want to learn about. Throughout the process the teacher facilitates the student projects to ensure that they are on task.

Why is it a personal thing?

Genius hour is a way for children to express themselves. They aren’t  confined to being tested in a standardized matter while being put into a box by the curriculum. Similar to the ideas that the Google employees had then created into excellent products, children can put the ideas they think about into action under constructive supervision. Technology in particular is an excellent way that children can create their vision and share with their peers and the world.

What Is My Genius Hour Idea

How can video be a way for children to share their ideas and teach their peers about something new? Can YouTube be the platform to share these ideas, or could a student help create new platform to share?



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