Genius Hour: Promote Engagement With Technology and Personalized Education

Nichole S. Carter Mrs,, Beaverton School District

Wouldn’t it be great to see your classroom engagement skyrocket? Genius hour provides engagement and personalized instruction while at the same time allows for teachers to hit over 15 common core standards! We will be sharing resources and ideas on how to get started with this amazing opportunity for students and how to use technology to mitigate workflow and pacing issues as students move through this project. I’ve now run the genius hour project with my students for two full years. This year we launched the idea schoolwide, 850+. I developed benchmarks for the students; developing an essential question, creating an essay & video pitch, interviewing an expert, research, reflection writing, and presenting a TED style talk. Truly, it has been a revolutionary way to provide student choice and engagement while covering a ton of essential skills and curriculum.

Buzzwords:

  • Authentic Learning

  • Genius Hour

  • Passion Based Learning

  • Personalized Instruction

  • Benchmarks

  • Common Core Aligned

  • Redefinition level of SAMR model

  • Level 4 of DOK

  • Blogging/ e-portfolio Work

Standards:

Common Core Standards Covered: Reading Info Text: 1, 6, 10 Writing 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Speaking & Listening 2, 3, 4, 5

ISTE NETS (students): 1. Creativity/innovation 2. Communication/collaboration 3. Research fluency 4. Critical thinking 5. Digital citizenship 6. Technology operations/concepts

ISTE NETS (teachers): 1. Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity 2. Design and develop digital learning experiences 3. Model digital work/learning 4. Promote digital citizenship

Abstract

Genius Hour provides engagement and personalized instruction while at the same time allows for teachers to hit over 15 common core standards! Learn about a school-wide Genius Hour project and its benchmarks for students, including developing an essential question, creating an essay and video pitch, interviewing an expert, research, reflection writing, and presenting a TED style talk.

 

Genius Hour: Promote Engagement With Technology and Personalized Education

Genius Hour provides engagement and personalized instruction while at the same time allows for teachers to hit over 15 common core standards! Learn about a school-wide Genius Hour project and its benchmarks for students, including developing an essential question, creating an essay and video pitch, interviewing an expert, research, reflection writing, and presenting a TED style talk.