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A collection of items and information regarding what is a genius hour and how to start one.
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YouTube TV Commercial, 'Rosanna Pansino'

YouTube TV Commercial, 'Rosanna Pansino' | Genius Hour | Scoop.it
To create her YouTube show, Nerdy Nummies, Rosanna Pansino combined two things that she really loved: baking and video games.
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This is a great brief commercial that is a excellent way to spark students seeking a area of passion for their Genius Hour or 20% time.

It is also a great idea to share with students Rosanna Pansino's YouTube Channel and InstaBlog.

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Why Genius Hour?

Why Genius Hour? | Genius Hour | Scoop.it
It has been my own personal goal this year to learn and understand more about the idea of "Genius Hour," and how and what it would look like in the classroom. It is a constant buzz word that always...
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'Genius hour': What kids can learn from failure

'Genius hour': What kids can learn from failure | Genius Hour | Scoop.it
Some schools are building in time for students to work on passion projects -- an idea inspired by Google's 20% time.
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The message is spreading.  More and more classrooms are seeing the need to move beyond the standards.  Put the learning in the hands of students and guide them to set learning goals, serve others with their learning beyond the classroom walls and discover their passions. What is stopping you from being a Genius Hour, Passion Based Learning environment?

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Make Room for Innovation and Creativity in PBL | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE

Make Room for Innovation and Creativity in PBL | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE | Genius Hour | Scoop.it
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This is on the verge of Genius Hour.  Insight is exceptional... what is still to be understood is that content and skills can still be taught with even greater depth if components of traditional PBLs such as authentic audience, solving of problems realistically, and giving back are done not from a teacher giving a certain criteria w/in a PBL but giving no parameters and letting students' passions find the problem to resolve.  Now Problem Based Learning becomes Passion Based Learning... content, skills and scope are still there but now it is truly student-driven.

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This is on the verge of Genius Hour.  Insight is exceptional... what is still to be understood is that content and skills can still be taught with even greater depth if components of traditional PBLs such as authentic audience, solving of problems realistically, and giving back are done not from a teacher giving a certain criteria w/in a PBL but giving no parameters and letting students' passions find the problem to resolve.  Now Problem Based Learning becomes Passion Based Learning... content, skills and scope are still there but now it is truly student-driven.

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TechEdge - February 2014 - 30

TechEdge - February 2014 - 30 | Genius Hour | Scoop.it
Digital Edition
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Entire magazine covers how technology lends itself to differentiation in ways that traditional methods cannot.  Center article talks about the implementation of Genius Hour from author and instructional technology coach Kirsten Wilson.

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Kid President - How To Be An Inventor! - YouTube

It's easy to make fun of stuff - it's cooler to make stuff! Kid President has a life-long wish fulfilled when he gets to see how jet engines are made and is ...
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Kid President's Pep Talk to Teachers and Students!

Kid President believes we're all teachers and we're all students. What are you teaching the world? Who are you learning from? Share this with a special teach...
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Is School Enough? Documentary Film Delves In

Is School Enough? Documentary Film Delves In | Genius Hour | Scoop.it
A documentary film airing on public television in September explores the incredible work that students can produce when their passions and interests drive learning.
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Great article about the need for educators to provide real world problems for kids to solve related to their passions.

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The “Genius” of My School’s Genius Hour | Daisy Dyer Duerr

Educator, Speaker writes about the launch of Genius Hour in her school.
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A transparent reflection of how Genius Hour was launched in a small district in Arkansas.
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#STEMGeniusHour

#STEMGeniusHour | Genius Hour | Scoop.it
Additional Genius Hour products including student created works, info graphics and videos.
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DURHAM: At 17, her nonprofit work reaches the dying | Local/State | NewsObserver.com

DURHAM: At 17, her nonprofit work reaches the dying | Local/State | NewsObserver.com | Genius Hour | Scoop.it
A rising high school senior, Emma Astrike-Davis, 17, is an all-state runner, a leader in several student organizations, a local lifeguard – and president of the nonprofit she started in middle school.
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Example of where passion and a heart for others can take students given the opportunity.
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The Journey of the Modern Thought Leader

Lulu created a prezi guide highlighting proven distribution channels for anyone looking to become a thought leader in his / her field.
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Love this!  How our students will share their ideas as future "Thought Leaders."

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How a 15-year-old entrepreneur got her product into Nordstrom

How a 15-year-old entrepreneur got her product into Nordstrom | Genius Hour | Scoop.it
She launched her business two years ago, but Houston teenager Madison Robinson has yet to face something most new entrepreneurs do: rejection. Every store buyer she has approached has placed an order for her Fish Flops for Kids shoe brand.
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Why "20% Time" is Good for Schools

Why "20% Time" is Good for Schools | Genius Hour | Scoop.it
Have you ever met an adult who doesn't really love what they do, but just goes through the motions in their job and everyday life? Have you spoken with men and women who constantly complain, showing
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Great text to explain and persuade educators to implement the process of Genius Hour in their classroom.
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'Genius hour': Students, what would you like to...

'Genius hour': Students, what would you like to... | Genius Hour | Scoop.it
Some schools are building in time for students to work on passion projects -- an idea inspired by Google's 20% time. ('Genius hour': Students, what would you like to learn today?
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The movement is gaining strength.
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18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently

18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently | Genius Hour | Scoop.it
Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. Creative thinking is a stable, defining characteristic in some personalities, but it may also change based on situation and context.
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Great article that supports the idea of having a platform like Genius Hour to foster the creativity of our youth... The future leaders of our world.
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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 4 Great Rubrics to Develop Students Presentations and Speaking Skills

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 4 Great Rubrics to Develop Students Presentations and Speaking Skills | Genius Hour | Scoop.it
Presentation rubrics for K-12
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Great for Genius Hour and other show as events of student work.
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Ms. Logue's Class

Genius Hour is done in 6 week rotations.  Students spend 60 minutes per week on their chosen projects (class time). Each student must have a final product which is submitted to a global audience...
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Example of a website teacher, Traci Logue, uses to facilitate and showcase Genius Hour in her classroom.

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10 Reasons To Try 20% Time In The Classroom - Edudemic

10 Reasons To Try 20% Time In The Classroom - Edudemic | Genius Hour | Scoop.it
Google does it. Your classroom could too. Why not try a little creative thinking with 20% time in the classroom?
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Great presentation as to why 20% time or "Genius Hour" is essential in today's classrooms.

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The Global Classroom Project

The Global Classroom Project | Genius Hour | Scoop.it
Enabling teachers to connect, learn, share, collaborate, and lead - globally!
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Genius Hour Teaching | Paul Huebl's Blog

Genius Hour Teaching | Paul Huebl's Blog | Genius Hour | Scoop.it
Attempting RSA style videos - Part 1 http://t.co/tRXBYi5WNO #saspd #EdTech
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Sharing Student App-thusiasm

Sharing Student App-thusiasm | Genius Hour | Scoop.it
» Sharing Student App-thusiasm |
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Great way to celebrate students and their passions.
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To-Be List for Aspiring Women Leaders

To-Be List for Aspiring Women Leaders | Genius Hour | Scoop.it
I speak often to groups of aspiring young leaders. Typically, the question on their minds when I begin is "what do I need to DO to become a leader." I quickly aim to change their orientation from what they must DO to what they must BE.
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I love this article as a woman and mother of a young woman.  Great insight and should be shared with all women!

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Teen's invention could charge your phone in 20 seconds - NBC News.com

Teen's invention could charge your phone in 20 seconds - NBC News.com | Genius Hour | Scoop.it
Waiting hours for a cellphone to charge may become a thing of the past, thanks to an 18-year-old high-school student's invention. She won...
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