It’s been two weeks, but two hectic weeks! Let me update you on how Genius Hour is progressing.
FYI- Here’s a video I found to demonstrate successful innovation: BeeSweet Lemonade. Great story!
After they take the survey (in GH #1 post), and I introduce the Genius Hour concept, I want them to start their brainstorming. So I send this brainstorming document out (via Google Classroom, of course) and ask them to fill out as much as they can.
At the bottom of the document, you see the Bad Idea Factory Template. I got this idea from a CUE Rock Star camp. Students post an idea on the “bad idea” side if they don’t think it’s project-worthy yet and need advice or guidance. They post on the right side if they think they have a pretty good project-ready idea. No matter which side they post on, they leave the other side blank. Meaning, when they go to post their original idea, they must go to a clean row, one with nothing on either side.
Once they post their idea, they go read others’ ideas. They add their thoughts to those posts. If an idea is on the “bad” side, they add text to the right side (good idea side) to try to help explore the idea. If it’s on the “good” side, they can put questions or comments right in the same box. I, too, am going through adding my comments and/or links that may benefit them.
The students had a good time helping each other out, and actually had helpful ideas 🙂
Looks kind of like this:
Hopefully, they are getting closer now to viable project ideas. It’s time to share the Genius Hour Assignment Sheet.
FYI – I will explain the elevator pitch later. Right now, they just need to know what the overall project looks like.
This year, I actually had them email me their ideas, and I sat and answered them back during class. If they were waiting on an answer they were multi-tasking (working on another assignment). I just figured it was easier to shoot emails back and forth rather than move around the room. This way I wasn’t stuck working with one student for five minutes, instead I answered several emails within that five minutes. Plus, we then had a record of our conversation, which I knew would prove useful later. And it did.
Once they pick a project, they start working immediately. They use the Records to plan, and they get to work. Since they are to present this “globally,” most create a website to capture their progress. I’ll be showing examples as we go.
Their progress blog post is next. They all have class blogs. I want them to blog once a week (we usually do this Mondays, since Genius Hour itself is Friday. That way, each Monday they are recounting their progress from last week briefly (5-10 minute opener) and they know what they need to prepare for Friday’s GH.
So far I’m excited about a bunch of these. Can’t wait to see them unfold!