Thursday, May 16, 2013

Genius Hour Projects


Today we completed our first version of Genius Hour! Genius Hour is based upon Google’s 20% policy. This policy says that with 20% of the time, employees can work on whatever project they would like as long as it advances the company in some way.
The question arose, if such amazing things were made during Google’s 20% time, just what could students come up with if given a chance to work on a project that interested them?


For several weeks Room 102 was given time in study hall to explore their interests. The projects ranged anywhere from exploring the art of painting to building a telescope to duct tape art to seeing the world through a bug's eye to applying a chef’s eye to the notion of flavorful cooking.
The results were absolutely incredible! The kids were so excited and student engagement was at its highest. I am so very proud of the work students completed for Genius Hour. Hopefully during the summer, students will continue to explore their project and learn even more new skills.  
Check out our slideshow of Genius Hour projects.

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You may read more about the Genius Hour Project in Room 102 by clicking here.

9 comments:

  1. I love this video. I have third graders and might give them a chance to see what they can do. I can't wait.

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  2. I love this. I am going to do this with my third graders. I can't wait to see what they can do!

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    1. Thanks! I'm certain your students will present all kinds of "clever." Have fun!

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  3. This is great! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Do you supply the materials or do the students bring them in?

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    1. The students brought in their own supplies. I sent a parent letter at the beginning of the project. Parents were so positive and supportive. No matter the project, there were helping hands at home willing to offer input and supplies.

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  5. I am in the eighth grade and I have been doing Genius Hours for two years now, and I just love it! We do two every year on any topic of our choice. We make a presentation, and we have to make a model that goes with our project. It is such a great project and it lets us use our imagination!

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